{BFIAR} The Carrot Seed

This week we read the sweet story, The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.  In this story, a boy plants a carrot seed and tends to it.  His family members tell him that it’s never going to come up, but the boy is patient and tends to his carrot seed.  One day, up pops his carrot, ‘Just like he knew it would”.  We read about seeds, plants and vegetables and got dirty this week!

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Go-Along books included:

  • Carrots Grow Underground by Mari Schuh
  • One Bean by Anne Rockwell
  • Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole
  • How to Grow a Seed by Helene Jordan
  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
  • Jack and the Beanstalk Jack Galdone

Character

  • This week we talked a lot about having patience.  “Good things come to those who wait”.
  • We also talked about having faith.  We can’t always physically see the things we know to be true, but that doesn’t mean they are not actually there.  We know the carrot is below the ground, out of sight, but if we dig deeper we will find the carrot.  We cannot see the Lord but we know He is there always.

Art

  • Footprint Carrots!

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  • Our awesome babysitter Rebekah helped the kids find these pinecones.  We talked about how the pinecones hold seeds, and then Libby asked to paint them.

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Science

  • We learned all about what seeds need to grow!
  • We soaked and ‘planted’ lima beans in a baggie, and observed the sprouts.
  • We did an experiment with mung sprout seeds.  We took three cups, left one empty, filled one with 1/2 inch of water, and filled the last cup half way.  We put 20 mung sprout seeds in each cup and set them by the window.  Libby predicted that the cup with the most water would grow the best and the cup with no water would not grow.
  • The sweet potato is in water, and we are watching for sprouts.
  • We will continue to watch our sprouting station grow!

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  • We also planted Basil and Zinnea in small containers.  We have been watering them everyday and look forward to seeing growth!

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Sensory

  • I put together this ‘garden in a box’ for the kids to dig and play in.  Libby especially has had so much fun exploring this environment and pretending to tend to her garden.20130325-145735.jpg

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  • ‘Carrot’ bubbles purchased from the Dollar Store

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Math

  • We learned about measuring this week in Singapore K Math.  We used our new skills to measure the carrots, and put them in order from smallest to largest.

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  • While we were measuring the carrots, Libby said, “Wait one minute, mom….I have an idea!”  She ran and got the book The Carrot Seed and turned to this page, and did this:   I thought it was cute 🙂

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Language Arts:

  • We used lima beans to spell out our sight words.

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  • We also traced the words with glue and put sprinkles on them.  Libby loved this!

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  • We used a smaller carrot to write letters and words in a salt tray.

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Fun food

  • We of course munched on lots of carrots this week!

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  • We also made carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

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  • And white chocolate covered strawberries, or ‘carrots’.20130325-145930.jpg

Other fun things we did this week:

  • Snugly math on the couch with daddy

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  • We went to the zoo!  Petting animals and observing the ducks in the pond.  We also fed the giraffes and saw all kinds of awesome animals.

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  • At The Little Gym Libby does an interpretive dance with scarves and Ian hangs from the rings:

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Over the next week we will continue to tend to our sprouts.  We are also starting an Easter unit learning all about the resurrection of Christ, and will be doing some fun egg activities!

 

 

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