Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 5: One fast grower

Day 5 of "30 Days of Farm Kid Stories"

When the weather turns cold this fall, G and I will plant flower bulbs.  Today I gather paint-mixing sticks and record the flower name in permanent ink in anticipation of pushing the marker in the ground.  Pinterest has some really cute make-it-yourself garden markers like this,  and this,  and this.  Maybe when I have some free time (hey we all did just gain an hour on Sunday!) I will create something pretty.  Until then, plain sticks it will be. 

I look forward to seeing green sprouts emerge in the spring. Can't wait!

 In our next farm kid story, One Bean, two kids plant a bean and see quick results. The children soak, plant, water and re-pot a bean. Author Anne Rockwell uses simple, child-focused narrations to describe what happens next.  The children watch the bean plant grow, flower and produce pods with more beans inside

Illustrator Megan Hasley highlights characters and objects by outlining them in thin orange and blue lines. Readers watch the bean plant grow on pages with denim blue backgrounds.

Inside the book’s back cover, the author lists suggested activities including:  placing dried beans in a paper towel tube and closing the ends with tape to make a musical instrument.  I can picture G shaking a maraca to a Carlos Santana song, or perhaps Elmo's potty time song (yup this topic is on our minds lately...)

I remember planting bean seeds in grade school. A perfect school project.
What will you plant in your garden this spring?


My Library List:
Preview Day: 30 Days of Farm Kid Stories
Day 1: One Moment

Day 2:  Perfect Pizza
Day 3:  Our Heartland
Day 4: Pasta Fistful

Our blogging host Holly Spangler writes  “30 Days on a Prairie Farm” this month on her blog: My Generation.  

It’s a group party, of sorts!  Please join fellow bloggers as they tell their agricultural stories:

Beyer Beware: 30 Days, 30 Things You Never Knew About Food
Black Ink: Beef’s a Trip – 30 Days from Gate to Plate
Confessions of a Farm Wife: Life on Our Farm
Go Beyond the Barn: 30 Days of Farm Life Blessings
Kelly McCormick Photography: 30 Days of Thankfulness
Le Jardin da ma Vie: 30 Reasons Why I Love Being a Farmer’s Wife
Pinke Post: 30 Days of North Dakota November
Rural Route 2: 30 Days of the Not-So-Glamorous Life of This Farm Wife

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