A Glimpse Into Our Week- The Garden Is Our Classroom!

Gardening and Homeschool. A perfect combination.

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This week we have begun the homestretch of our year! We are planning to take a summer break starting next month, even though we all know the learning never stops 😉

We are spending the rest of the year using our garden as our classroom! We have a vegetable garden that is planted mostly and ready to go. Here is how we are using the Bible as our text, and the garden as our classroom:

Each child has a garden journal.

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Each day we observe the garden, note changes in the plants, and make some sketches. I have also had the children measure the perimeter and area of the garden and record that as well.  As we go through our lessons, they note anything in their journals that is important- words we go over, new ideas, etc.

We begin the morning reading a passage that I choose relating to seeds, flowers, growing, etc. So far we have read the fruits of the Spirit and copied it into our garden journals. We also talked about weeds and how the Garden of Eden was perfect before the fall. We discussed all the changes after the fall, and how man has to toil for his food.

Each child is responsible for watering the garden two days per week, and once the weeds start popping up they will do this as well.

We have had the blessing of having a bird’s nest in a low bush to observe each day

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as well as already seeing some fruit from our labors! This red strawberry was a delight this week:

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We talked about how God made the fruits for us and we also talked a great deal about nutrition from various fruits/vegetables.

We are also reading from Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Botany each day. It is a great supplement to our studies and Bible based. We just love it.

The kids are still doing their Math U See lessons and the younger ones do their Explode the Code workbooks each day as well.

Next week I am planning on assigning my daughter (6th grade) a report. The younger ones will also have a modified assignment. 

I love how our classroom has been brought right outdoors in His Creation. We listen to the birds, feel the warm sun on our faces, and have the beauty of His Creation all around us while we read- there is no better classroom!

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Author: Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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