Seeds provide a ‘Head Start’ of knowledge
TROY – Teaching preschool-aged children about plants, why we need them and how they grow is a pretty big endeavor.
Information includes the seed changes, the amount of water and sunlight a seed needs and the different types of seeds there are.
As a part of their “Plants and Spring” curriculum unit, the Troy 1 teacher and teacher aide at Bradford Tioga Head Start planned many activities for the children.
The first activity the children worked on was to plant pumpkin seeds. Teacher Laura Steele also had them plant bean seeds in a bag filled with dirt.
This will provide the children with the opportunity to watch the seed turn into a sprout and develop over the next several weeks.
An activity that really sparked each child’s imagination was the making of leaf creatures.
Each child was provided with leaves, paper and markers and asked to create some type of animal.
The childrens’ leaf creature designs are on display at the Allen F. Pierce Library.
In culmination of the “Plants and Spring” unit, parents and grandparents were invited into the classroom to help the children with their final gardening project.
On that day, children, teachers, parents and grandparents made “Harrys.”
A Harry is a cup with faces where grass seed is planted to grow into “hair.”