Growing seedlings

Growing a garden is a norm for my children but not all children have access to a planter let alone a garden. Including gardening options in our daycare and school curriculums gives all children the opportunity to experience the joy of growing a plant from a seed.

Growing seedlings

Here is a list of easy to grow plants. Success is importance so children are encouraged.

We have tried various growing options including peat pellets:

peat-potsBut nothing beats getting your hands stuck into a bag of potting soil, as we did when making fairy gardens:

There are so many ways to incorporate gardening in the classroom.

Ideas for cross curricular links

Science:

  • Experiment with conditions (variables) such as heat, light, water
  • Investigate what does a seed needs to germinate
  • Investigate what a plant needs to grow
  • Make hypothesis
  • Takes measurements
  • Record results
  • Learn about the parts of a plant by growing in a clear pot.

Sprout & Grow Window     Primary Science Plant & Grow Set

The Sprout and Grow Window and Plant and Grow Set allow children to see roots growing.

Math:

  • Measure the plant every few days
  • Measure leaf size
  • Count number of leaves or flowers

Cuisenaire Jr. Ants on a Log      Simple Tape Measure    Unifix Cubes

Cuisenaure Jr. Ants on a Log would be great for measuring leaves while this Simple Tape Measure or blocks would be suitable for measuring height.

Art:

  • Draw the seedling every few days to show development
  • Emphasise the importance of proportion
  • Use diagrams to represent plant life cycles

Language Arts:

  • Tell the story of a seed (life cycles)
  • Read non fictions texts about plants and gardening and analyse structure.
  • Use drama to act out the life cycle of a flowering plant (involving bees for pollination, and animals for seed dispersal)

There are so many ways to include growing seedlings or plants in the classroom.

Happy growing.

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