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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Carrot Seed {part 2}

   So, after a very crazy weekend of trying to get rid of mass quantities of kids clothing/equipment, I'm back!  Hopefully, I can start posting more frequently again.

....The Carrot Seed, continued.... 

    So, to throw just a tad more science into the mix, we discussed the parts of a plant and what plants need to grow.  I found this worksheet at Lakeshore Learning that we colored together ("B" added the rain!):
  I also used the "What do plants need" printables from the Homeschool Share lapbook.  They had a fun time coloring them:
   Finally, I found this awesome sequencing worksheet for them to cut/paste the life cycle of a carrot.  Find it here:

   For some go-along books, we read:  Inch by Inch: The Garden Song by David Mallett, Titch by Pat Hutchins, and Linnea's Windowsill Garden by Christina BjorkLinnea's Windowsill Garden had some great diagrams on plant cycles and the water cycle.  It also has a great section on growing plant tops.  So, we couldn't pass up the chance to grow something else!  Our carrot & potato top:
After (about 1.5 weeks of growth)
After (about 2 weeks of growth)
 Since we were talking about growth, they each got measured on our "God's Word Helps Me Grow" chart.
I'm thinking Baby "J" must have gotten a hold of these.  I can't imagine they've grown that much in less than a month.  Could it be true?  Their pants have been a bit short lately.  Hummmm....
For math this week (we use MathUSee), they were learning to solve for the unknown.  For example, they would have a problem 5 + ? = 10.  They would have to solve for the ?.  Early algebra.  They did finally get it at the end of the week...after much explaining that they don't add 5+10.  Phew.  Anyway, I was able to use some of their Carrot Easter Eggs (provided -unknowingly- by their Nana) to make it a bit more fun:

They were given a pile of bean seeds and 2 eggs.  We'll use the 5 + ? = 10 for an example.  I would tell them to put 5 beans in one egg and 10 in the other egg.  Then, they would have to figure out how many seeds they needed to add to the first egg, to make it match the number in the second egg.  They got this right away.  If only I had thought of it at the beginning of the week.

  To take a break (and have a little bit of fun), we talked about the wheelbarrow in the story.  It's shown on the last page of the book with the enormous carrot the boy has grown.  Well, we don't own a wheelbarrow, but I fun would it be to teach them how to have a wheelbarrow race?  The answer, totally fun!

   We talked about the artwork in the story and how the author only used two colors until the very end of the book (the bright orange carrot).  And, also how the author has chosen to only draw the boy and his family in profile.  The boys had fun checking each page.  We read another book (also illustrated by Crockett Johnson) called The Little Fish That Got Away by Bernadine Cook, in which the characters are also drawn in profile.  Side note, an excellent book on patience as well!

   We also looked through another Linnea book called Linnea in Monet's Garden by Christina Bjork.  Then, we decided to make a little art of our own.  This idea came from Delightful Learning.  I love-love-love her blog.  She is so inspiring.  Monet was an impressionist, we made our own impression paintings of carrots, with carrots!  They dipped the bottom part in orange paint and the leafy tops in green paint:

   We also made carrots out of arm/hand prints.  First, I traceed their hand and forearm on a piece of paper.  Then, they got to paint it with green/orange paint.  Finally, and perhaps the funnest part of all, they added "dirt" to their paintings with a little chocolate pudding.  Yum!


     To add to our "art museum", we talked a little about fruits & vegatables.  Then, they had to think of 3 and draw them on an index card.  Afterward, they tried to spell & write it all by themselves (spelling is something we are starting to work into our schooling):

    We had such a great time with The Carrot Seed.  In keeping with the theme of patience/waiting, we learned about Joseph this week.  Stay tuned for this post!


  1. I enjoyed seeing you growing the carrot tops. We are thinking about doing this for our bunnies! Great post as always, I love seeing what you do with each book!

  2. Thanks! I must admit, I had my doubts about the carrot top. It stared back at me, with no growth, for almost a week. Thankfully, it came through in the end!