Queenstown Lutheran Church Kindergarten
Every living thing around us grows, and children from Queenstown Lutheran Church Kindergarten had a unique experience learning about growth.
Mrs Kendes Toh spearheaded the Growing Plants project, where children – the young investigators explored the school’s garden and learned about plants and the growth process. Ranging from basil to pumpkin to sweet potatoes seedlings, the young investigators had the opportunity to observe and watch the growth of these plants, right in their school compound. What’s more, children had the chance to grow their carrots, and charted the carrots’ growth.
From planting to harvesting, the young investigators learnt to use their senses to observe, touch, smell and taste the different fruits that they grew. For tasting, the young investigators had a chance to use the fruits that they harvested to make fruit salad. The teachers also conducted cookery lesson with the young investigators – using the plants that they grew together in the dishes that they cooked.
Project Growing Plants is an excellent example of using what little resources, every day materials and environment they have to create a meaningful learning context for children to learn in, allowing children to be more aware of the world around them.