Saturday, 16 May 2015

Home School - Lifecycles - Plants Part 2

If you followed our last Home School post you will know that one of our topics this term is Lifecycles and from that we looked at seeds and plants.

Now it was pointed out in the comments about the impatience of children when growing plants; this is incredibly true so but being prepared for the woes that teaching can bring I had pre-planned a parallel activity to work with.

We chose to plants that had a quick growth life that we could monitor all of the way: 

Runner beans.

We placed the beans down the side of a glass so we had easy access to watch what happens.

Each day we looked at the different stages and monitored what had happen.


William and James loved watching these different stages and all happening in just over a week.

We had discussed that each seed looked different but the same thing would happen and although at the time I don't think they fully appreciated each stage it soon became clear that more was taken in step by step.

Every day at the start of Home Ed we assessed the plants and used this easy to follow guide as a stepping stone to our discussions.

With a little bit of luck seeing the stages within these plants will help them realise what is happening with the others. Apart from the Cress it will be a while to see anything being produced by what we planted last time but I am hoping that the prior learning would appear by that point.

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Kim Carberry said...

What a blast from the past. I remember growing those at school. The cress especially then making egg sandwiches and using it. hehehe

Martyn Kitney said...

Ha thanks Kim, it's so easy to do and they do it in schools so thought it was a good idea. The boys loved it. Although haven't made egg and cress sandwiches yet though