When we pulled Zoë out of school to bring her home and give her the education she was craving, we started looking at new ways to teach her that would bring more fullness to her life.
She loves interactive learning, and I think being able to interact with what they're learning about makes everything more fun and impactful for children. Since one of the lessons that we try to impart on our children is to live naturally in harmony with the Earth, learning about where food comes from is a key life lesson.
While we live in an area with an extremely short growing season, we still try to grow as much food as we can with the limited time and space we have. We often buy seedlings to speed the process along, but we have done seeds as well. I think watching plants grow from seed to food-producing plant is a wonderful lesson for children.
If you'd like to teach your children where food comes from this year with a gardening project, take a look at Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. It's a super simple system that provides you with everything you need to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in a cute little seed pod. All you have to do is pop the pod into loosened soil, water it daily and then watch the seed grow into a plant that will eventually produce food for your family. The seed should spout in 1-2 weeks and start flowering after several months. I love that Gro-ables are guaranteed to grow! So you don't have to worry about wasting money on something that might not work.
I love how simple the Gro-ables system makes learning about gardening for kids. Even the youngest child can help plant Gro-ables and watch the plant sprout and grow.
If you have a picky eater, I have found that they are much more likely to eat foods they often avoid if they grew it themselves.
Gardening Project: A Garden Journal Printable
For older kids, you can easily turn Gro-ables into a fun, educational opportunity. I have found that a great way to make sure that the plant is tended to daily and the child gets the greatest learning opportunity from the experience is the use a Garden Journal.
Each day (or every few days, depending upon what you prefer), your child will look at the plant, draw a picture of it and then write a sentence or few words about what they observe in their Garden Journal. Then they can look back over their garden journal when the food is ready to be harvested and see how they grew that food themselves from start to finish. It's a very rewarding experience!
While you can surely use a notebook for your garden journal, I put together a free printable to make it more easy and fun. Their are 4 Garden Journal Entries per page, so you'll save paper too 🙂
If you want a super easy way to get started with teaching your child about gardening, check out Gro-ables Project to learn more about how you can bring gardening into your child's life.