Seed to Seedling in the Kindergarten Classroom | Purpose of this Lesson

In order for the children to be able to understand the complete life cycle of a plant, they will need to understand Where do we get seeds? This usually leads to an interesting discussion. Once they know where we get seeds, they will then need to know that in order for a plant to grow it needs water and light. So the second question that the children will need to answer in this lesson is What does a seed need to grow? In the beginning of the lesson, the children will plant a seed in the dirt of a peat pot that will need water to keep its soil moist. Once their seed has
sprouted, their plant will need a sunny window to help it grow. During this time, two mini experiments will be set up. One plant in a peat pot will get very little water and a second seed in a peat pot will be deprived of direct sunlight. The children’s seeds that have been planted will be the control part of our experiment insuring these plants will be given the right amount of water and light. A secondary purpose in this lesson is the ability to see first hand the beginning of the plant life cycle. Beginning to grow some plants indoors will serve this purpose. Starting some fruits and vegetables inside is helpful because some vegetables need a longer growing season than others. Starting these vegetables indoors will ensure that we will have the plants ready to go outside when the weather is warm enough
to plant them in the George Washington Vegetable Garden. It is a magical moment when the children first see the green tips of a seemingly lifeless seed bursting through the black soil on its way to becoming a living plant. Their eyes light up, and they want everyone to come and look at what is happening, beaming that they are partly responsible for those green shoots.