Originally posted on The Marigold School of Early Learning:
Math and science are aspects of early childhood education that can be learned through plants. Columbine and spider wart are two plants that have unique petals and leaves; each plant allows for children to learn about how a plant grows and incorporates numbers and patterns.
There are a couple of ways I will mention that a provocation for math and science can be set up for children to question, explore and learn from. First I like to set up a potted plant or fresh cut flowers so that the children can admire the the plant and incorporate both art and literacy…
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I have to admit that I hate worms. I don’t think they look nice and I certainly don’t want to touch one-not even in my garden!
I’ve had a garden every year since 2006 and not only has it grown to more than a couple of cherry tomato plants and a pepper plant, I spent the first several years using-gasp-Miracle Grow and other yucky stuff to get it grow. I just didn’t know about the harmful chemicals in that stuff.
In 2012 I began to attempt organic gardening. That’s a tough feat considering I had used all that nasty stuff for years. I really don’t remember how that garden turned out. But in 2013 I decided to continue to garden organically. Of course, we also decided to sell our house that summer and the garden got a little less love than it had in years past.
But, the garden grew and it grew fairly well. We didn’t get nearly as many tomatoes but considering I didn’t use anything but some good old compost, I thought it did okay.
Fast forward to last spring and I was anxious to plant a garden in our new backyard. I knew it would be a learning experience and it certainly was!
First, we had to build our raised beds. Although we got that done we didn’t have time to fill them with more soil! But at least the garden was defined.
As I dug up the new garden, I realized there weren’t many worms. You already know about my dislike for worms and this should have made me very happy. But I knew that worms were a sign of a healthy garden.
So I simply used more compost, watered, and waited. After quite some time the plants began to grow and they began to flower. But toward the middle or end of July they still weren’t producing fruit. My first thoughts went to the bee population in my area, but no, I saw plenty of them hanging around.
Finally I mixed Epsom salts with water and used that mixture on the growing plants. I have to say, I should have done that much sooner!! The plants began to fruit and we did end up with a small harvest of tomatoes (not the bushels I had hoped to can).
This year my kids and I went to plant our cool season veggies and you’ll never guess what I found-WORMS!!! Tons of them were crawling in the soil. I knew that was a good thing but I still can’t stand the sight of them. Instead of screaming (and teaching my kids to be afraid of these harmless creatures) I simply picked them up with the shovel and buried them.
Growing organically must take time but I’m glad to see it’s starting to pay off!
I’ll leave you with some pictures of what’s growing right now!
Radishes…Can you see the tiny carrots coming up?
Potato Plant! Needs to be mounded.
Sugar Snap Peas; It looks like one vine needs to be cut down!
If you’ve followed my blog to any extent in the past, you have noticed that I disappeared. During this time, I’ve attended to other things (my children, for example). I also have considered whether or not my attempts at writing are futile. While I’m coming to a decision, I’ll let you know that I’m considering a new blog. One that holds my interest (and hopefully yours). In the meantime, thanks for reading.
Here are some pics of my latest DIY projects. The table was a $2.00 yard sale find and the chair was found at a local thrift store for $2.50.
I can’t find the before picture of the chair, but trust me-it looks much better now!
I noticed a beautiful full moon last week. My husband was taking the trash out after the kids went to bed and I went out to help. I noticed a beautiful sky. I tried to get some decent shots. Enjoy!
Enjoy some photos of my garden:
Thanks for allowing me to share my garden with you! Enjoy your day!
I’m at a loss for words this morning so enjoy a few photos from last week!
The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it
Have a great day!
I found a recipe in a back issue of Taste of Home magazine (the original is called Creamy Tarragon Chicken) that looked great and decided to try it. I tweaked the recipe a bit though. Here it is:
Creamy Chicken for the Crock Pot
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (One per person)
- 1/2 cup onion (or to taste)
- 2 ounces of diced ham
- 1 cup water
- 3 Tablespoons Quick-Cooking Tapioca
- 1 bullion cube or two teaspoons chicken bullion granules
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 3-4 Carrots, washed and sliced (The original recipe calls for frozen Broccoli and Cauliflower, thawed. My family prefers carrots)
- 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
- 8 ounces of Pasta-I used small shells because I had those on hand
In a crock-pot, combine the first ten ingredients and the carrots (if using-otherwise wait to add the frozen veggies until the end).
Cook on low for 6-7 hours until chicken juices run through.
Next, add the frozen veggies (if using) and the half-and-half cream to the crock pot and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Meanwhile cook your pasta (note: the original recipe calls for orzo pasta). Serve pasta with chicken and vegetables. Enjoy!
I’m going to continue working on this basket weave purse while attempting to crochet a cardigan. I’ll keep you updated on my progress of both projects. What projects are you working on right now?