We planted sight words this week! As you can see in the picture above, I taped a sight word label to each seed packet. Then to make it look like the seeds inside will grow into a "word flower," I wrote the sight word on the petals of the flowers in the picture. To make the "seeds," I wrote one letter per bean and put all the corresponding beans into their seed packet.
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The boys took one seed packet at a time, emptied it out and spelled the word on the table.
After spelling out the word, they "planted" the letters in a recycled water bottle.
You've heard that plants grow better when they are talked to (or sung to), right? I told the kids to sing to their word flowers everyday to help them grow. We sing our sight words every week anyway as part of Annie Moffatt's Ready 2 Read program, so this was a fun little twist. :)
In case you're wondering, we sing to the tune of BINGO, "I know my sight word of the day and ____ is my sight word. * * * spells ____ (3x's) and ____ is my sight word."
My two year old is learning letter sounds and to identify/match upper and lowercase letters, so she planted uppercase and a lowercase Aa "seeds" and sang, "The A says /a/, the A says /a/. Every letter makes a sound, the A says /a/." (To the tune of Farmer in the Dell- as in Leap Frog Letter Factory).
I told them that singing wouldn't be enough, and that the word flowers wouldn't grow until they have been learned. Sam pretended to read the directions on the back of one of the seed packets and said, "Yeah. It says right here, you have to learn the word so the flower will grow." :)
As I felt they mastered a word, I surprised them with a new "word flower" bloom. This was so much fun, I can't believe how much they got into it! They eagerly went to the window to sing to their flowers unprompted, and loved to wake up and see if they got any new flowers to bloom. Pretty good motivators those flowers turned out to be! :)
We also played a word graphing game to go along with our word flower fun.
I wrote the boys' words on the flowers of this cute graphing activity from 3 Dinosaurs.
I really hadn't planned to do a gardening theme yet, it just kind of happened. Ironic, given the wintry weather we've been having. Now I think we will continue with it next week!
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Flemming.
We loved this book so much, it instantly sent me searching for more books by this author. It is a fun read about Mr. McGreely's quest to plant a vegetable garden. Unfortunately, he is outsmarted by three bunnies who like to "muncha muncha muncha!" The kids and I both laughed out loud at Mr. McGreely's reactions, and at the surprise ending!
This is a must-read if you are learning about gardening. It beautifully illustrates the various stages of planting and growing a garden. This is one of those books that is good for preschoolers and older kids alike.
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