This year, we are doing "Childhood Classics"--reading great children's books--you know, the kind every child should get to know, and then doing little activities to go with it.
We continued our study of plants, gardens, seeds, and seasons by reading The Carrot Seed and Miss Rumphius. The Carrot Seed is the story of a little boy who plants a carrot seed. No one thinks it will grow, but he faithfully cares for it each day and is rewarded with a huge carrot! Miss Rumphius is the story of a lady who "makes the world a more beautiful place" by planting lupine seeds.
Monday--We read The Carrot Seed, emphasizing that a carrot is a root vegetable, during CircleTime. For snack we ate carrots with ranch dip. During CreativeTime, the children sponge painted one piece of card stock with orange paint and another piece with green. As those were drying, we taped together 1/2 sheet of blue construction paper and 1/2 piece of brown (sky and earth). We added cotton ball clouds and a foam circle sun. We (meaning me) cut out the carrots and their green tops from the painted cardstock, helping the children to glue them into place. We again talked about carrots being a root crop. We followed up CreativeTime with a NatureWalk and a trip to check on the chickens and take a look at the garden.
Tuesday--Today we again read The Carrot Seed. During SnackTime, we cut open apples and looked at the seeds. During CreativeTime, we decorated (using markers) envelopes to use as seed packets for the green pepper and "Moon and Stars" watermelon seeds we saved and dried. We watered our parsley seeds and checked in on our germinating seeds. Yippee! All of the children had at least one (and some had many) beans seeds that had sprouted. We looked for the white root and the green stems! During OutsideTime, we took a nature walk, observing various seeds along the way. We helped nature with seed dispersal, by blowing the seeds off dandelions and sprinkling rose bush "seeds" along the path!