One of the best things about homeschooling is that you can use your real life experiences to teach your kids – no special curriculum required! Most of our learning is centered around books in our home, and we often use books as the actual curriculum. This saves a lot of money, and it just simplifies things.
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Gardening Books for Kids
These books will help kids connect what they see in the garden to the entire process of growing – from seed to plant!
How Flowers Live from Starting Point Library
The Turnip by Jan Brett
A Seed is Sleepy by Diana Hutts Aston
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
What’s Inside a Flower by Rachel Ignotofsky
The Farm that Feeds Us by Nancy Castaldo
Bruno the Beekeeper by Aneta Frantiska Holasová
Vegetables in the Garden from First Discovery Series
The Journey of Seeds Soo-Bok Choi
Make sure you watch my YouTube video if you want to see more details about why I like these books and how I would use them for garden schooling!
Connect the Learning
You don’t need a special curriculum to teach your kids about the garden, if you have these books. You can very easily read the books, do a small activity together, and do some journaling. You can easily turn these books into a mini-study on gardening or a full-fledged unit study! Here are some examples:
- Get your kids involved in planning and planting the garden. Give them their own pots or small section of the garden where they can plant.
- Plant flowers and vegetables – compare how they grow!
- Keep a garden journal of everything you observe happening and growing in the garden. This can be a simple notebook or just papers stapled together.
- Keep track of the bugs you see in the garden and observe what they do.
- Learn about the good and bad bugs in the garden.
- Visit a farm and talk to the farmer about how they grow their crops.
- Learn about foraging and how to find wild edible plants.
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