“How Do Your Vegetables Grow?”

This Theme is for the World of Gardening.

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The Chant is called “How Do Vegetables Grow?  The Fingerplay is called “Do My Vegetables Grow Up or Down?”  The Song is called “Oh, I Never Knew How Garlic Grew”.

I wrote this song after visiting a friend’s CSA (Community Supported Garden).  She is a farmer who sells subscriptions to people who want to buy fresh organic vegetables throughout the growing season.  As I helped her weed around the plants and place seedlings in the gardens, I saw a plant I didn’t recognize.  It was the tops of the garlic, the “scapes”.  It was then that I realized,  “I never knew how garlic grew”.  I wrote the chant and fingerplay later when I wanted to introduce the names of lots of vegetables to my pre-school classes.

I have added the vocabulary cards for children who are ready to match words.  The envelopes are to help keep track of the vegetable cards once you have cut them out.

I also cut out pictures of the vegetables from organic seed catalogs and pasted them onto colorful background paper.  This creates another matching game, with pictures and words.  Here are a some great seed catalogs.  You may even want to grow some seeds in your garden or in some containers such a five-gallon food grade buckets.

Vegetable Photos from Seed Catalog

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds  http://www.rareseeds.com

Territorial Seed Company  http://www.territorialseed.com

Johnny’s Selected Seeds  http://www.johnnyseeds.com

Harris Seeds  http://www.harrisseeds.com

“I have a musical mind, musical indeed.”  –Kacky Muse

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