A misunderstanding in the garden

parttimerJanuary 20, 2004

I took my day care kids to the nursery last summer and told them they could choose some plant for their garden. I expected them to choose something with bright gaudy flowers but was surprised when all six agreed on 3 different ferns. They took them home and planted them and watched faithfully but always from a distance or from around the corner of the garage. With a bit of disappointment they finally asked why the dinosaurs hadn't moved into their new "fern forest". I guess they were listening when I talked about habitat destruction and extinct animals but weren't quite old enough to understand.

What strange garden ideas does your kids have?

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I also worked in a preschool. I had bought in a bucket of "forest duff" and we were sorting carefully sorting through it with tweezers and toothpicks etc. One of the boys found a maple seed that led to conversation about how trees grow. He requested a cup and dirt to plant the maple seed. As he was leaving for home with his cup, he announced that he would bring me maple syrup next week.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2004 at 6:26PM
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