Children enjoy learning about familiar and unfamiliar plants through planting, caring for and recording their very own secret garden. Here are project tips and instructions, so your child can make his own secret garden.
When it comes to a child’s garden there are important factors to consider.
· Children must be part of the planning. Your child’s ideas and dreams of what their garden should be is important. They might want a sunflower house around their garden by planting sunflowers in a square to form a "room."
- Think small. You might use pots, an old sandbox or a shallow children’s pool as a raised garden bed. Make it manageable for your child.
- Think about the shape. Planting in unique shapes or patterns create an interest in maintaining that shape. (They will “see” the need for weeding.)
- Consider where your child’s garden will grow best. Where is the most sunlight, you will need to choose plants accordingly.
- Help your child choose plants that best accommodate his design, space, wants and your budget.
- Generate excitement and joy with simple garden accessories. Favorite rocks painted like ladybugs, little gnomes, pinwheels, flags, etc...
- Paint Popsicle sticks to mark plant rows with seed packets.
- Paint poles or large branches bound at the top to grow vines…gourds, beans, cucumbers, miniature pumpkins, morning glories.
- Make sure children have a “gardening journal” to record memories, notes and drawings of their plants.
· As your garden grows read the The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden is about Mary Lennox, who after losing her parents, is sent from India to live in her uncle's gloomy, lonely mansion on the English moors. One day she learns of a secret garden somewhere in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Uncovering an old key in a flowerbed, and a hidden door, she enters the secret garden. So begins a journey and a much-loved classic.
Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203