F Is For Flowers

Plant flowers to teach colors. I love this idea.

In her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver tells of her then-fourth-grade daughter’s school curriculum being enhanced to include a gardening unit.

Called Learning Landscapes – which I’m still trying to learn more about – each grade studies a particular theme, which is connected to state-mandated testing objectives.

At Kingsolver’s school, the kindergartners planted a whole splash of flowers to practice their colors.

The second-graders learned about pollination when they built a garden for hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.

The third-graders spent weeks dreaming about home-made pizzas while waiting for the vegetables in their pizza garden to grow.

But why leave all the fun at school? If you have a sunny spot at or near your home, you and your kids can also do some basic gardening at home and tie it in with nearly every basic school subject you can think of.

Is Playing With Dirt a school subject? It ought to be.

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