Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Art and Science

It has been just a little over a month since Charlotte planted her garden containers... and I am happy to report, that we have plants! They sprouted quickly... within days really... but the growth is taking a little longer than I anticipated. They say it's 60-75 days from start to harvest... so we'll see if that holds true (for the lettuce/kale)... I'd say the beets, carrots and spinach are definitely headed on that harvest path.

Charlotte has been watering her plants, as needed... and documenting the growth process in her nature journal. It's been so fun to see how excited she gets (especially when the little green starting springing up in the soil.) Nature journaling has been our way of celebrating the changes she's been seeing. She loves art... so combining science and art, is HUGE.... it's the perfect learning tool for this little one. It doesn't require a lot of detail, but rather a quick, comprehensive summary. It's portable, and can be taken on outings to the park, playground, zoo, etc. Sometimes it's tough putting aside additional time for it... but we are trying, at least once a week right now. It's not only a learning tool, but it's time spent together, while the babies are napping... and she loves that one on one time.

And while she's at it, I tend to my own little seedlings... it's nearly time to plant them in the garden... it's the time of the year, that excites me so much. 

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