Tomorrow is crazy day over at the blog with two posts going live, giveaways, reviews, a new newsletter and more! So, Favorite things Friday has been temporarily rescheduled for today (this week only). If you are looking to link up your favorite post or see if you were featured, read on!
Our Gardening Unit Study with Mother Goose Time
The weather is warming up, allergies are in full swing, flowers and leaves are starting to blossom and the talk is all about gardening in our house right now! How opportune then that this month’s theme with Mother Goose Time is gardening!
The kids have so many questions, to get ready for this exciting unit study, we started out by getting a huge pack of gardening gloves from Costco. The kids have been weeding out my strawberries, learning how to recognize weeds, and talking about making their own gardens. We are on the verge of a move so I didn’t think we would make one this year, but their enthusiasm is impossible to deny so I guess it will be a garden for just a short while 😉
Our very first day in our new theme was planting some grass seeds in a little dish. The kids had so much fun laying out their soil, planting their seeds, watering their little “plants”. They have been caring for them each day and writing down their observations as they go.
Everything we needed (including the soil) was included in our daily bag from Mother Goose Time and I love the idea of the observation record to keep track of the results!
We also had a lot of fun making our own gardening portraits. Homeschooling with a 17 month old is very different than it was just a year ago. Instead of a baby swinging in the corner or sleeping peacefully in the carrier, she is pulling lids off the felts as fast as she can, pulling books off the shelves, and coloring on everything she can get her hands on. Trying to keep up with her is like keeping up with a tornado, add my three year old asking me questions every 2 seconds and I feel like road runner! Needless to say, a look at my chaos…
After they drew their portraits, they were ready to make up a story about what they had drawn. They put a lot of effort into this because I told them one of their videos would be featured on my blog. Apparently blogging has made my kids into little star seekers, well, two of them at least. Their videos were too cute not to share.
Top Garden Unit Study Resources
As I started planning our Garden Unit Study I was looking for some free resources to add to our lessons and found some really great ones in my search! Check out the top 5 free Garden Unit Study resources below and make sure to pin it for later!
1. How to plan a vegetable garden for kids (best seeds to use for fast results, how to design it, etc.)
This is a fantastic video that shows kids what happens when there is not enough water, how the roots form, etc. There is no sound, but we loved it!
While it may not be my favorite, the kids really liked this full episode on YouTube. It covers all sorts of topics from healthy eating to exercise.
This is full of printables and resources to help facilitate and expand learning.
5. Free Printable Garden Unit Study I found this amazing garden unit study over at In all You Do, it has over 23 pages and is amazing for getting all your subjects in for early elementary. Click to grab your free Unit Study with over 23 pages!
Favorite things Friday Link Up
Featured Post: This weeks featured post is from Learning Mama and includes a free letter tile match-up printable. It’s a great way to improve identification of the lowercase letters. My kids have really struggled with lowercase letters in the past so if you have a preschool aged child, this is a great resource! Make sure you check it out or pin it for later!
The link-up rules: 1. Add a link at the bottom of the post you are linking OR my blog button to your post/sidebar to be eligible to be featured. This is important because the featured post also gets shared during the week on my social media! 2. Try to visit 1 or 2 other links. There are so many other amazing resources out there and we want to keep this linky active and social, so head on over and say hi, they just might say hi back! 3. Link up to 2 posts! I will visit each and every post that is linked up and comment so it is a great way to gain exposure and again, each week I choose a featured post to share with my audience and feature on my blog. Too much on your mind to remember another weekly link-up? Join the link-up reminder newsletter, you’ll get a message every Thursday to pop over and add your link! (This is NOT my regular newsletter, just a friendly link-up reminder)