Outdoor Practical Life
Since now is a good time for us to get our vegetable garden going, we thought we'd take you along for some outdoor Practical Life fun. Some of the Montessori-friendly activities our little ones are participating in for our vegetable garden include:
Gardening Lessons and Activities
- Soil Composition Testing/Sediment Jars
- Homemade Soil pH Testing
- Soil Temperature Testing
- Designing/Digging/Tilling Garden Bed/Soil
- Sowing/Planting Seeds
- Starting a Compost Pile
- Harvesting the Rain
- Feeding the Garden
- Keeping a Garden Journal
- Oregon State University's Master Gardener Series: Vegetable Gardening - a really awesome self-paced online course offered through OSU. There's normally a fee associated with enrollment but they've recently decided to waive that fee and I believe course enrollment has spiked at around 18,000 since that time. This is such a generous offering and a great resource to help us along our journey. Thank you so much, OSU!
- Wings, Worms, and Wonder - an excellent comprehensive resource for implementing a child-led gardening program with kids. This book is full of lessons and extensions that will add to your little one's enjoyment. It also offers a thorough list of resources in the back for doing a deep dive into a variety of topics.
- Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life - a beautiful reference book for our children that combines nature and art in its exploration of all things farm-related; it will serve as inspiration for some of our garden journaling.
Materials & Tools
- Mason Jar with Lid - one for each child
- Gardening Fork
- Soil to Sample
Jars at 24 hours
Jars at 48 hours
More Outdoor Practical Life in the Garden
- Outdoor Practical Life: PNW Vegetable Garden – Soil Temp & DIY Soil pH Testing
- Vegetable Garden Beds: Establishment & DIY Compost
- Vegetable Garden: Sun, Soil, Air, & Water… & Deer
- Montessori Gardening: Empower Kids to Grow Their Own Food & Eat Healthy - Farm to Table
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