Nature Curriculum: Plant Life Cycle

This week in our nature curriculum is dedicated to the life cycle of a plant. Do you remember being a small child looking at a beautiful flower or looking up at the tallest tree and wondering how it got there? The plant life cycle is absolutely fascinating and we got to experience this first hand.

Our reading book for the week was The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. The tiny seed survives the hazards of the journey and finally falls onto fertile earth. It grows and grows, becoming the tallest, biggest flower for miles around. Then one day the wind blows and thousands of the flower’s seeds begin their own journey. A wonderful tale beautifully told.

We were very excited about seeing the plant life cycle in action so we placed damp cotton wool pads into a zip lock bag and placed a broad bean seed inside and taped the bag to the window of the school room. The idea of this experiment is that we will be able to see the plant germinate up and the roots grow and push downwards. We also purchased a bean sprout maze from amazon. The idea was the show the effort the plant goes to to get light. (This post has been updated to include the picture below showing the bean spout reaching the top of the maze)

Our poem of the week was the very beautiful Flowers In The Crannied Wall by Alfred Tennyson. A simple thoughtful poem which Neiva was able to act out as she read with a small flower she picked from the garden.

For our Art of the week we decided to change the piece that had been selected from the curriculum. The reason for this was Neiva was really keen to re-read Jack and the Beanstalk. It had been a while since she’s chosen this story. To complement her bedtime reading we looked at the children’s illustrator Jessie Wilcox Smith’s very beautiful artwork of Jack and the Beanstalk.

We have also started to incorporate classical music into our curriculum as suggested. Neiva is not new to listening to classical music, it is regularly played in the background most days. However, we concentrated on the Vivaldi “Seasons” violin concertos “Spring”. I started to play the piece and Neiva said it sounded like a wedding party. It is a very jovial tune, so a happy spring wedding in the sunshine it is. She also said she could hear birds “tweeting and singing” in the song. If you listen carefully….. it really does.

Next week…. Wildflowers

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