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.
Here is a list of easy to grow plants. Success is important so children are encouraged.
We have tried various growing options including peat pellets:
But 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
- 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 a hypothesis
- Takes measurements
- Record results
- Learn about the parts of a plant by growing in a clear pot.
- Measure the plant every few days
- Measure leaf size
- Count number of leaves or flowers
- Draw the seedling every few days to show the development
- Emphasize the importance of proportion
- Use diagrams to represent plant life cycles
- Tell the story of a seed (life cycles)
- Read non-fiction texts about plants and gardening and analyze 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.