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Sprouts and Grow It Again



 
This newsletter is brought to you by farming. I love farming and gardening. I don't care if it is sprouting radish and broccoli seeds to put on my salad or growing pots of baby lettuce year round.  Here are somethings you can do.
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Sprout 6 beans on a wet paper towel in a plastic bag. I have used dried beans, such as lentils or navy beans, from my kitchen cupboard.  Do several sprouting bags of beans and put them in different environments, such as dark and warm, cold and dark, sunny and warm, and sunny and cold. Compare how the environments affect the sprouting plants. Use a magnifying glass to study the bean sprouts. Use the3 period lesson to introduce new concepts and name.

You can use other seeds to make sprouts, try popcorn seeds.


Animated Growing Plant
Life Cycle of a Plant


Advanced lesson:
Measure the growth of the stem and roots.
Draw and label the bean plant-stem, root, leaf
Graph the differences in plant and root growth according to environment.
Here is a link for a graph printout.

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You can grow plants from your garbage as well.
The first plant we grew was an avocado tree.
You will need:
An avocado pit from a ripe avocado.
A jar or a glass
Water
Toothpicks

This is easy for your child to do.
1. Clean off the avocado pit.
2. Put at least 3 toothpicks around the center of the pit.
3. Fill with water a jar or glass that will hold the avocado on the rim of the container.
4. Place the flat bottom of the pit about 1/2 inch into the water.
5. Put in a warm place with indirect sun.
6. Change the water weekly
7. You can pot in soil the avocado plant when the roots are about 4 inches long.

Here is a picture of an avocado pit that has germinated.

The next thing on my list to grow are mushrooms.

Here are some more plants you can grow again:


Sweet Potatoes

Pineapple

Mango

Potato Maze

Garlic

Carrot
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You can make science cards with the following:

Parts of a flower and plant
and root
and answer sheet


Bulb Plants
Tulips and Irises are great to dissect. Draw and label the parts.

Advanced lesson:
Look at a plant cell under a low powered microscope.
How do plants breathe?
An animal and  plant cell

Plants in a glass

Easy Terrarium

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I'm hooked on composting. I love our worm factory. We started small, but now have 3 levels of worms. They take care of your kitchen scraps and newspaper. Plus you have the best soil fertilizer in the world.  Here is an easy and small worm composter.
The Cornell Compost Education Site has great information and ideas.
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Here are some more interesting  topics for study-
Photosynthesis
What is photosynthesis?
Chemosynthesis
Chemosynthesis versus photosynthesis
Geotropism
Tropisms

Wild flowers will be springing forth soon. Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Book has some free printouts to color and label.
Picture Dictionary of plants

A to Z Home's School has great links for gardening with your children.
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Just for Baby-
Take your baby with you when in the garden.
I used a front and back sling for my babies. We loved them.
Here is a link to help you make your own.
There is even a pattern for a doll sling.

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If you saved seeds from last fall you can start seedlings in egg cartons. Put them on your windowsill and watch them take off. Save your seeds from melons, pumpkins, squash and make a seed necklace.
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Book Corner
Grow It Again  by Elizabeth Macleod is a well illustrated book of plants you can grow from your kitchen with tasty recipes as well. I really enjoyed it. An older child would like this book as a reference.

Happy Gardening and Farming!

Archive

Free Science Reading Cards About Roots

Wildflowers with Free Reading Cards 

 

 


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