When you are a new parent, it might be hard for you to let anyone other than your spouse handle that brand new baby. You might wince in terror as your mother struggles to comfort your new daughter, or starkly refuse when your grimy little brother asks to hold the baby. However, after awhile, most parents loosen up. Unfortunately, if you get too laid-back about childcare, you might make decisions that could impact your kid's education. My blog discusses several aspects of child care, so that you can decide what will work best for your family. After all, a few difficult decisions now could impact your kid for many years to come.
If you teach a daycare class of students between the ages of two to four, take advantage of this spring and set-up activities that will help your students learn and understand what spring is about. Here are two great spring activities that will engage your students.
Plant Pea Seeds In Bags
One of the best ways to show young children how plants grow is by letting them take part in the process and experience it for themselves. A great way to teach your students about plant growth is by letting them grow their own pea seeds.
With pea seeds, you'll want to have your students put the seeds inside of a paper towel. Then, you'll want to get the paper towel moist and wet and have your students place the paper towel inside of a plastic bag. Next, take the plastic bags and tape them to the window in your classroom.
Observe The Daily Growth & Changes
Every day, when you do morning calendar and weather, take some time to look at the pea bags and see what is happening. Over time, the peas should sprout roots that will grow and expand in the bag and a start should spring from the seed. This is a great experiment because it will allow your students to see the roots and the start from a seed.
Transfer The Seeds To Soil
Once the seeds have sprouted, you can help your students plant the seeds in a cup of soil, and continue to watch them grow. The best way for children to learn about plant growth is by experiencing it themselves.
If you have space at your learning center, see if you can grow a little garden with your class. You can plant the pea seeds that they already have sprouted and you can plant some other strong, resilient plants, such as carrots and leafy greens as well. This will give your students a real learning experience.
Talk About Long-Term Care
As time goes on, talk with your students about what the plants need to grow. Read them books that show the life cycle of plants and teach them how plants need soil, water and sun in order to grow and thrive. Find fun songs and videos that convey this information as well.
Planting and growing seeds will provide your class with a topic of discussion for months to come and will provide them with numerous learning opportunities. If your garden succeeds, you can even have a garden party with your students and allow them to taste and eat the vegetables that they grew.
Contact a company like Kidstown Drop-In Child Care Center for more information on child care and education.