Showing posts from May, 2015

Our seedlings

We noticed that the seeds we planted last week are already sprouting! We thought it might be a nice idea to have the children draw the process so far. Seeds into seedlings.  Some of our friends were focused on the different kinds of seeds, their shapes and sizes. Others drew lines indicating what was happening below the dirt and what was happening above. Some thought showing their roots was important. While drawing we had a conversation about the flowers life cycle. Titus told us "they grow and die, grow and die, just like a pattern!" We talked about how a cycle is a pattern. It's a series of things that happen always in the same order, and then it repeats. What a great observation! Then we noticed that our seedlings were all growing in the same slightly slanted direction. We asked the children why they thought this was so. Most of our friends believed that it was due to the way the seeds were planted. Another friend said "the wind blew them that way". The children…

Happy Mothers Day!

The children spent the week drawing and painting pictures of their moms for Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's Day to all of our wonderful mothers!

The Giant Flower

We read the book "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle. In the story, after a long journey the tiny seed settles into the dirt. This very tiny seed beats the odds and in the end turns into a giant flower. The children wanted to draw flowers and many expressed a desire to create their own giant flower. We decided because of its size that we would together make one giant flower. We ripped up tissue paper and set out to glue the orange, green and yellow paper onto the flower that was drawn on butcher block paper.  It was a great group project. We talked about the different parts of the flower and revisited the things a real flower need to grow and survive. We cut the flower out and put it on the wall in our red room.  The children took turns standing under the flower. It was taller than everyone!

Planting Seeds

We have been reading many books about gardens and farming. We thought it might be a good time to plant some seeds of our own. We chose to plant four different types of flowers. The children had the opportunity to fill pots with soil, plant the seeds and water them.

We had a great conversation about what plants need to grow.  Now we wait!