Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Curious Garden

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At home, we have been reading a charming story called The Curious Garden.  {Lily’s end of the year dance recital is based on this book.}  It is about a little boy named Liam who beautifies a dreary city scape by gardening.

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Hope’s teacher asked if I would come to the class and show the children how to grow wheat grass in a jar for Mother’s Day gifts. At the last moment, I thought it would be a nice idea to read the Curious Garden as well.  To go with the story, I made these train tracks out of Styrofoam pieces and after the story reading, Hope handed out flowers made from cupcake liners [there are lots of tutorials out there, ours were very simple, this is a more elaborate one] that she made to each child and they were able to plant it in train track (I found the story activity here).  There were 25 children and they responded well to both the story and planting project.

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After story time, we worked on our wheat grass jars.  I found some foam rulers at the dollar store and glued on wooden lady bugs.

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The jars should look something like this once the wheat berries sprout.

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It was the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of May. 

It feels like spring is finally here.  The forsythia was putting on a show today and the magnolia is getting ready.

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Happy May,

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5 comments:

  1. The weather is absolutely amazing. The birds and frogs are having a party behind the tree house tonight. What a lovely way to share your creative talents with your daughter's dance class. I can't wait to see future recital pictures too.

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  2. Super interesting!
    Would love to see the growth of grass in the little jars!

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  3. what a great project, we have read The Curious Garden & it's a good one :)

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  4. That sounds like a great lesson KJ! Your kids are so lucky to have you for a mom! Happy May and have a great spring!

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  5. You've been awesome with the crafting with the kids lately. What a fun project - another score for you.

    I am so jealous of your flowers and spring. We've been having intermittent snow for three days now (but it doesn't stick - it is, at least, to warm for accumulation).

    My magnolia has half-open blossoms after the heat wave last weekend but they've stalled with the cold weather.

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