It’s that time of year where we are planning our garden, watching how our garden grows, or maybe you’re already enjoying some of your gardens spoils. My kids love watching everything change as the season goes on and are full of questions about all of it. Try as I may, I don’t always have the answers right away but I do find them whether I find them online quickly or books for them to explore and find the answers themselves.
Two of the grade three science curriculum (for a lot of Canada) outcomes are exploring soils, and plant growth and changes. My oldest will be in the third grade next year, but I’m not going to miss the Spring/Summer opportunity to teach as our garden grows. And to teach it to my three year old and soon to be first grader too.
How Your Garden Grows – Berenstain Bears Grow-It!
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While this is suppose to be for science (when I send in my paperwork next year) there are all these opportunities to work on math, art, and language arts as well. I have some science experiments you can do at home, as well as some printables for you and your kids to work on. For preschoolers to third graders.
The Berenstain Bears book Grow-It! is a great book that answers a lot of questions about growing plants in general and why they are important.
Planting a garden, and watching and waiting while your garden grows will give your children lots of opportunities to journal about it. Choose to either journal daily, every other day or as we will be doing, weekly. It’s up to you and your schedule/routine.
Labeling the parts of seeds, the cycle the go through and more! Perfect for different ages and includes journal pages.
You can find these printables here. For free.
Another great book that you might want to check out is the Nature Anatomy, I recently picked it up from our library, and within minutes I knew I had to buy it. The information and illustrations are amazing. I have it in my wish list on Amazon to buy when I do some back to school shopping this summer.