We made little sprout houses for the window sill. We filled the sprout houses with a wet paper towel and three sugar snap peas. I soaked the peas overnight to get them softened up and ready to germinate! Using the sprout houses allows the children to look closely at the life cycle of the seed. They can peek at what happens “beneath” the soil! Every other day we pulled out a set of seeds from the houses to check on them and see how they have grown.
The students documented their learning in our journals. We asked them to write ‘seed,’ ‘sprout,’ and ‘roots’ in their journal to label the different parts of the seed. This was their first time working on labeling and they did an excellent job!
Here is a video of the learning journals:
For the last stage of the project everyone modge podged little potters to take their sugar snap pea sprouts home. They got to use a spade to place potting soil in the pots, and dig a small hole for the seeds!
Last week we also worked on a few extremely top secret Mother’s Day Projects. The children used liquid watercolors to die large portions of paper towels.
Once these dried, we folded them into flowers and peeled the paper towels apart. The results were stunning!
The second project was a very large piece of contact paper rolled out on our tables. The children pulled petals off of flowers to place them on the sticky paper. I sealed the petals up, and then I cut them out in the shape of hearts. The children told me little messages for their mommies and I dictated their words.
Lastly, we painted clear plastic plates with acrylic paints. Then I sprayed each plate with a sealant and attached a garden stake. They made the perfect homemade garden signs!
Here are a few little ones lined up to show Mommy their creations!
I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend!