It's gardening time in Texas. My boys and hubby have been digging and tilling and building a garden in the back, and little starter seeds cover our kitchen table, just beginning to push their way out of the dirt.
We focused in on SEEDS for our group homeschool class this week - we looked at all kinds of seeds, did some planting, some sequencing of a plant's life cycle, some seed art...
As I was planning, I happened upon The Empty Pot - which is a great story to tell with gardening activities. My Kinder-2nd graders were amazed at the end of this one, and they were quick to explain what they thought the story meant. They referenced back to it several times later as we were planting or doing our seed art. This one's a keeper.
|Yes, that's a pumpkin seed stegosaurus|
I use an outline just to learn stories so that I can be freed up to have some fun telling it to my group (I like to add the fun details in the moment...and there's less to memorize that way). My outline went sort of like this:
- A great emperor in China is aging. He wants to find a great leader to take his place when he is gone. Someone who is honest and good. Because he has always loved gardening (his castle is surrounded by beautiful plants!), he decides to hold a gardening contest.
- He makes a proclamation that he will give out seeds to every boy in the kingdom. The boys will have 6 months to grow their plants and return them for judging.
- In the kingdom there is a boy, Jun, who is known for his gardening. Everyone in his village asks to have some of his veggies and herbs.
- The day the seeds are passed out - boys come from all over the kingdom. Jun carries his home so carefully....chooses the best pot, the finest soil, the perfect position for sunlight...
- Several weeks pass and the plant does not grow.