"If you give the children a date, you'll have to cut it open."
"If you cut it open, you'll have to show them the seed inside."
"If you show them the seed inside, they're going to want to plant it."
And so on... :-)
Anyway, we have a little pile of seeds we want to plant, including apple, lemon, and date. I know there was another one we looked at but I can't think of it now. Examining seeds is a nice way to bring the plant life cycle full circle, since it puts you back at the beginning.
We have been spending a little time on Mud. Out of the most recent spat of library books, one of the most popular was Mud For Sale. In fact, we had people over for Memorial Day and my friend Laura asked Leah, what do you do with mud? And she said, you put it all over your body. Poor Laura looked taken aback -- little did she know this was part of the plot of the book. Besides making mud pies and so on, I gave the kids their bin of cornmeal back (20 pounds of blue cornmeal, three wooden spoons, and a flour sifter) to explore. I thought that they might articulate some comparisons between having your hands in cornmeal and having your hands in dirt but I didn't hear any conversation along those lines.
This week's field trip is Children's Day on the Farm. Steve is taking them on Sunday. My job is to research the worm bin thing so we can try it for next week. Then we (meaning I) have to make the decision about starting another theme or just hanging out and relaxing over the summer.
By the way, I found a game to go along with our Plants unit. It is the Balancing Cactus from Plan Toys.
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