Spring has sprung and plants are growing and changing. In our classroom we feel it is important to allow children to have experiences with the natural world. Through her observations, Dr. Montessori understood children were drawn to plants. They have "..an anxious concern for living beings and the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight." (Discovery of the Child, 1967, pg. 71) Our children independently water the living plants each day in our environment. We decided to show them how these plants come to be, how they grow.
We decided to sprout beans so the children could see the root and learn the different parts of a seed.
Each child prepared their own seed (a lima bean) and had left them in a plastic bag in the sun for a few days. One day, they sprouted.
We dissected one seed and showed them the different parts.
After a few more days, we can see the root develop.
Some of the children were interested in the parts of the seed and made their own book.