With our early warm weather this year,
spring has come sooner than usual. Itís a rejuvenation process that we can see
all around us, as well as feel inside ourselves. Itís a wonderful time to plant
This is an activity that is easy to work on together
at home and it can be a fun lesson for children to learn about the way things
You may buy seeds, but you can also sprout several
things that you probably already have in the house, such as a potato, sweet
potato, or carrot top. You could also see what happens when you plant seeds from
fruit or vegetables you eat at home.
The Tiny Seed is a
wonderful book by Eric Carle. It chronicles the cycle of a seed being planted
and growing into a flower. This is but one of many cycles of life that children
can learn about in order to appreciate the wonder of the world around them.
Another Eric Carle book, Pancakes, Pancakes,
chronicles the steps it takes to be able to put pancakes on the breakfast table
-- from harvesting wheat to making the pancakes themselves. It is a great
example for showing children that what they eat had a beginning in nature and
didnít just pop out of a box purchased in the grocery store. Itís a wordless
book. As such, you may describe each picture to your child. On re-tellings, your
little one will be able to "read" the story to you.
Many other books explain the benefits of plants to
people. I have found that children as young as first graders can understand the
process through which plants take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen, while
people do the opposite. This is an example through which we explain to children
the relationship that people have with plants, and how important they are to us.
Planting seeds and watching them grow puts children in
touch with a vital force of nature. It is an easy way to give them this
connection, and leads to a respect and understanding of the process on which we
all depend for food and oxygen.