My school age/kinders grew these lovely cucumber plants from seed. They have been patiently watching them grow and blossom.
They’ve also been doing the bees work by pollinating them using a little fluffy paint brush.
When we returned to the classroom this morning we found baby cucumbers!! My children were so excited to see these baby cucumbers, they are so proud of themselves.
With the help of the self watering wick system, we are able to leave for the weekend and return on Monday to see healthy thriving plants. I feel like the children have loved and learned from this experience! I personally can’t wait to see even more growth.
The self watering wick system seems to be working out well. The cucumbers in our classroom have started to bloom!!
We now have to determine the gender of the cucumbers so we can pollinate them. This might require a little bit of research on my end.
I’m happy to see the cucumbers doing so well though. The kinders are excited to see flowers on their cucumber plants. They are even more excited to start pollinating.
My kinders have been growing sunflowers from seed to share with their mommies. They also wanted to make cute little hand print cards to add to the pot.
Love the way they turned out!
Thank you to fellow blogger Indoorfarmboy for the great tips and tricks on indoor gardening. My kinders and I created a self watering system for our cucumbers based off of what he had suggested. Here is a glimpse into our wicking experiment…
We started by putting inch long holes in the bottom of the pots as well as the rubber made lid. Of course I cut the hard plastic along with my hand.
We used synthetic absorbent clothes from the dollar store as a wick. The cloth goes about half way up the pot and it goes down to the bottom of the reservoir of water.
My son E had fun filling the pot in with black earth. He was a little concerned about burying the wick but I explained that the wick would suck water up to the plant to keep it alive.
After the pots were full and the cucumbers were transplanted, we moved them to the window. The kinders and I are now anxiously awaiting for cucumbers to grow. The kinders started these cucumbers from seed so they are almost like their plant babies. We hope the wick self watering system is going to work nicely for us!
There is something so special about observing new growth. Our sunflower seed has grown so much within three days. My kinders are very excited about this experiment. I’ve also earned a new nickname, just call me the plant lady.
Day 1 – Seeds are placed in jar with wet paper towel. Kinders question what the heck is she doing!
Day 2 – One out of four seeds started to sprout. Kinders question what the heck happened!
Day 3 – The sunflower has started growing! Kinders are amazed, the plant lady might just be kind of cool!
Spring is by far my favourite season to be a child care teacher. So many changes in nature, so many questions!
Today’s experiment, planting seeds in egg shells. I’ve been seeing this on other blogs and all over Pinterest. Apparently the decomposing egg-shell makes excellent fertilizer. So I decided that I had to do this with my kinders.
Step one was colouring our thumbs green, for good luck of course. Step two was cracking a bunch of eggs so that we had shells to work with. Breaking the eggs was by far the most popular part of the experiment. We lost a few shells and ended up with a big bowl of egg goop that I plan to make a killer omelet with. All in all, the kinders had a blast. We hope to see some red sunflowers popping up soon!
Here’s an update on our classroom garden project. To see the beginning click here. The children were really excited to see that our geranium slip had bloomed. However, no root system yet. Our cucumbers are doing great but looking a bit root bound. I need an indoor garden solution as we don’t have an outdoor space to use. The sunflowers are the biggest hit. The children can’t wait to give them to their moms for mother’s day in a few weeks.
I’m loving this experience with the children. Gardening has become a big interest of mine lately. I just planted some pansies in my own personal garden at home. Not only has this project been a learning experience for the children but it has also been a learning experience for myself.