The Early Years: Planting Before Winterby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Planting flower bulbs is a wonderful activity for many reasons: learning about the life cycle of a plant bulb teaches children about seasonal changes and the environmental needs of plants, and children can observe and measure plant growth over time and see the results of their work in the spring. Conversation about where to plant can build awareness of how the outdoor space is used by other people and animals, where the Sun shines on the ground, where the rain falls, and draws attention to soil as a resource. It is also an inexpensive way to have a beautiful garden the children will be proud of and relates to National Science Education Standard C, Life Science.

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  • on Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:33 AM

In the activity described in this article, young children learn the needs of flowering bulbs as they make observations about seasonal changes. When the bulb begins to develop, children can then learn about the life cycle of a plant as well. Bye preparing the ground for the bulbs children can discuss the needs of a plant. There is much to learn from this simple activity.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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