Vegan Homeschool

Our adventures as vegan homeschoolers…

Gardening as a part of homeschooling

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Yesterday was one of those wonderful family times that just make your heart ache with happiness! We spent the evening preparing a couple of spots in the yard for planting. We weren’t going to plant anything because we may be done at this current project at the end of August. But I just couldn’t resist! I keep feeling the need/urge to grow things.

It started when we ordered the reel mower (should FINALLY be here today!). Of course we had to go to Home Depot and get a weed whacker. And gloves. And a little trowel thingy. And then I saw this cool little herb thing for the window. It has chives, cilantro, oregano and parsley. I use them all regularly so I thought it would be a great way to start the kids out easy. Well, right next to the herb garden there was a tomato plant starter. It has a cute pot and everything! Bonus, it was wicked cheap.

Fast forward a couple of days and I see a farmer in front of a church that has tomato plants from her place for sale. They were four for a dollar. Seriously. I pay more than that for tomatoes!! So I bought four Mr. Stripey, four Yellow Brandywine and four Fat and Sassy pepper plants! Enough you say? Nay! Yesterday we grabbed two strawberry plants and some organic lettuce seeds and carrot seeds. I think that’s all we grabbed. We do have to hurry up and get everything in the ground, though.

This is all absolutely going to be the bulk of our school day for the entire week. Let’s do a little breakdown of what is involved in working in the garden:

  • Science, of course:  How do plants grow, what do they need to be healthy, zones, soil, composting, nutrition, erosion, practicing scientific writing, Eco-warrior lessons
  • Math:  row spacing, tracking height,  ratios, counting buds, figuring out slope, monitoring amount of rainfall, estimating
  • Reading:  gardening books!
  • Writing:  all of the tracking and lists, gardening journal, labeling the rows and stakes
  • Health/PE:  working in the garden and yard is a GREAT workout, reel mower = tons of pushing, weeding, pruning, watering, nutrition
  • FUN!
  • learning about sustainable living VS the grocery store (this is extremely important to me and it I am feeling drawn to it more and more each year)

I think it’s safe to say that we will absolutely get in a full week of learning without opening a single one of our books. Unless it’s about gardening.  ;)

2 Comments

  1. I loved reading your site! I have been homeschooling my daughter who is now eleven from the beginning. We aren’t vegan but we are vegetarians. My husband and I have been together for 24 years. It’s nice to find another family similar to ours. I like how you turn gardening into education. I find that is the best way for any child to learn – through doing, not sitting around 8 hours a day with their heads stuck In a book!

  2. Somehow I completely missed your comment!!

    I completely agree that kids learn best outside the box. Especially our 8 yr old. He needs to be challenged creatively to enjoy ANYTHING, not just schoolwork. That means a lot of creativity on Mama’s part. LOL!

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