Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My children and growing a garden

I have talked before about how important it is to me for my children to learn to be good stewards of God's creation.  And it really is one of my most important goals.  I want my children to love to be outside, to know what is right and wrong when it comes to taking care of the environment (ie don't throw trash on the ground).

This was our first "official" year homeschooling, and I have to say, the science definitely fell by the wayside.  It wasn't because I didn't love the subject matter - butterflies, life cycle of seeds, plants, weather - all of those subjects are what I like to concentrate on without even labeling it as science, throughout the year.  But the actual experiments, those didn't really happen.

Because we are homeschooling year 'round, I have decided to have a very science intensive summer.  I feel like it will be a lot easier to teach about weather when there are different weather predictions other than just "cold" and "snow."  Also, I plan to keep my kids thoroughly involved in the garden process.  I want them to really own their garden this year.

They have both picked out seeds to plant, and will each be getting their own little section of the garden.  Jack, of course, will still need a good amount of help in the garden.  And Emma will want to be involved in every aspect beyond her little plot of land.  But, I think it will be fun for them to take some ownership in the development of flowers/herbs/vegetables.

Our rhubarb is finally starting to show itself, and Emma has been asking when we can pick it to make something.  I am really pleased with how in tune they both seem to be with where food comes from and how they can grow things they really love on their own.

Even if when they get older they don't garden on a large plot of land, to still have that knowledge in the back of their mind, that they know the land, they know what the land can provide them.  It will be of good use to them.

Have you ever taken an entire season to concentrate on one subject?  Even if you don't homeschool, do you try to use the summer to concentrate on some type of science?  To me, it seems to be the best season for it!


  1. I just picked some rhubarb for the first time yesterday! It was probably a little early....but I just couldn't wait! I made a spice cake with it - yum :-)

    1. I'm counting the days until a strawberry rhubarb pie graces my table :-)

  2. I always wondered if I could home school my child! I really admire the people that do this! I think it's great you are giving them seeds to plant! What a great idea and I bet this was fun for them :o)

  3. That is so awesome! When I have kids I definitely want them to be involved in gardening.

  4. Summer is THE BEST time to concentrate on growing, science, bugs, earth, veggies, the seasons...the list goes on and on! Now if we could just shake this 38 degree weather, we'd be on our way!


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