If my newsfeed is any indication, parents, WE ARE TIRED. If we are fortunate enough to have internet connectivity and the opportunity to work from home, we may be attempting to implement home curricula while managing work-related emergency response protocols. If we don’t have tech, we may feel anxious about what our children aren’t learning, and concerned they might fall behind academically. And I’m sure all of us wonder if we have the skills to help them in the way our children need, emotionally and intellectually right now.
We are so inundated with links to cool free stuff and resources (including those mentioned in this blog) that we don’t know where to begin. And I’m guessing some parents like me, put a lot of pressure on ourselves to find and use the right ones, while limiting screen time and making nutritious meals. It’s kind of ridiculous that we are lumping all this on our shoulders during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC.
And because it’s an unprecedented situation, everyone is scrambling. I need some peace, y’all. Some fresh air, beautiful things to see and smell, the earth in my hands, breathing. Let’s engage ourselves and children in the beauty of nature today. Maybe we can be a part of creating beauty and life when there’s so much darkness around us.
I reached out to my old roommate, lifelong friend, and passionate educator Renee Rednour, who runs a pop-up florist company using the beautiful blooms from her home garden. I asked her to share some gardening tips for families to use with their children and she offered the following advice, with some classroom learning tips in case its wanted. But it’s ok to just have fun in the garden, friends.
Try direct seeding or planting these flowers and vegetables exactly where you want them to grow, without transplanting, or disturbing the roots in any way.
Works best with: sunflowers, zucchini or yellow squash, cucumbers and bush beans.
They will grow and produce quickly.
Kids can: dig, find seeds at the store, measure distance apart and growth, take photos, use rulers and measuring tape, write poems about flowers, and paint. Use dates with your measurements, and incorporate the calendar with math.
Transplant seedlings: These can be moved from one container to another.
Try cherry tomatoes. They grow and produce fast, and children can enjoy eating them at the dinner table. A cherry tomato plant pumps our an abundance of fruit in 3-6 weeks.
Kids can: Count the yellow flowers and observe which ones turn into a tomato. Record the kinds of pollinators you see near them. What is a pollinator? What does it do?
Let’s give ourselves a break today. Savor our time together when we can, and look to natural resources to bring us comfort and joy.
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Renee’s flowers on Instagram at Fiorentina 504.