Indoor Gardening For Screen-Free Kid-Approved Learning!
Many of us across the globe are feeling quite isolated as we hunker down and wait for the COVID-19 storm to pass. And for those with children that are now home from school (but still expected to be learning) it can be quite a challenge to think of things that will keep their brains busy. That's where having an AeroGarden Harvest, Sprout or Herbie can help!
Growing plants indoors is a great science project, and when you're growing herbs or veggies in an AeroGarden, you get to eat the project at the end. How fun is that? Here is some guidance around using an AeroGarden for at-home education. These curriculum notes have been vetted by educators, but you can also modify and make them fit better for your child or situation.
For younger kids, think Kindergarten to Third Grade, use indoor gardening to follow the growth of plants from seed to maturity, observe how leaves and roots grow and make connections between people and plants, exploring our food chain. Help you child keep a diary of plant growth and make notes on their observations as the plants mature. You can ask them questions to determine what they know about plants to begin with, like what they need to survive, how the plant gets what it needs and what are the different parts of a plant. Then explore the AeroGarden and the seed pods. Talk about what each part of the garden does and how it will help the plant grow. Then plant your garden and set aside some time every day to observe the garden and record the changes. Older kids can discuss ways to measure growth, like plant height, root length or leaf size.
For your older students, grades 4-6, you can focus on the water used by that plants for growth. Keep a log of how much water (in weight) is being added to the AeroGarden and compare that to the weight of the plant when you harvest. Or explore the root systems of plants and collect qualitative and quantitative data.
Using indoor gardening as a fun way to explore scientific thinking is a great way to keep children engaged when they may stuck at home and getting restless. Plus, the end result is always tasty!
For more detailed lesson plans on using the AeroGarden for age-appropriate science education, click the links below: