This Theme is for the World of Gardening.
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.
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