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It’s All About Seeds

I was thinking recently about how much I enjoy teaching the topic of seeds and plants to preschoolers.  There’s something powerfully gratifying and awe-inspiring about awakening and cultivating life that attracts young and old alike.  Planning around the theme of plants and seeds opens up a multitude of learning objectives.  Here are just a few:

Plants and seeds fall under the Life Science category, and introduce preschoolers to many of the Life Science objectives.  They can learn about the difference between living and non-living things, the needs of living things, and life cycles.  (Sunflowers and pumpkins are particularly good specimens for plant life cycles, because their seeds are easily harvested, dried, and planted again.)

Experimenting and experiencing with seeds naturally leads to opportunities to observe and record observations, both critical science skills.  Inherent in the skill of observation is the use of sensory skills to feel, smell, see, hear, even taste, differences!  Observation of seed characteristics and differences also provides math opportunities for sorting and categorizing, as well as counting.

Don’t count out language skills as you’re jumping into this science based theme!  Language is obviously fostered as you include fantastic literary experiences as there are a variety of great books on this topic, but vocabulary is also strengthened as the children talk about their experiences and observations.  They begin using words like, sprout, germinate, dry, and moist, just to name a few.  They describe colors and textures with new adjectives as they sort and differentiate.  Learning the names for the basic parts of plants  (root, stem, leaves, flower) also comes naturally with your exploration.

Source: Amanda Morgan and www.notjustcute.com