Teaching Young Gardeners - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by RDIN
March 16, 1998
How do I teach 3 and 4 year olds about chrysanthemum
seeds? What? How? Why? etc.


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Answer from NGA
March 16, 1998

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What did you want to teach them? And why chrysanthemums? I wonder if you might be better off with something simpler. What if you gave them several different kinds of bean seeds, say black turtle beans, Horto bush bean (speckled coloring), and regular green beans. Or even different kinds of seeds--say bean seeds, corn seeds, and squash seeds. (These are all large seeds, easy for children to handle.) You could let them handle them, count them, sort them, etc. You could ask them how they think they should plant them, what will happen, and when. Then have some pots ready and plant them. Within a few days you'll have some seedlings. Then they could compare the different plants.

Three and four seems a little young to really try to teach them in depth about seeds. I'd try to spark their curiosity about seeds, plants, and the natural world in general--and have some fun.

You might enjoy visiting the "Kids and Classrooms" section of our web site, for more ideas about incorporating plants into the classroom--www.garden.org

Good luck.

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