BFIAR: The Carrot Seed

Xxm is taking to the books from the Before Five In A Row (BFIAR) series very well. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss is another book he enjoyed tremendously. Most of the credit actually goes to this youtube video in which a family reenacted the audio version of this story. I must admit I enjoyed this home production very much too.

Thanks to this, we find ourselves singing this very often.

Carrots grow from carrot seeds.
I’ll plant a seed and grow it.
I’ll water it. I’ll pull the weeds.
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

Even my baby, Xmx chuckles when I sing him this.

To align with our vegetable theme, I took the opportunity to try out a new service that is fast gaining popularity in our local community. I ordered a lollibox which is a pre-packaged thematic hands on craft project that is delivered right to your doorstep. Coincidentally while doing our home learning activities for this book, Lollibox launched a new theme entitled “My Veggie Farm”. Visit their website to read more about this product information.

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Image credit: Lollibox website.

First, we created a veggie harvest. Xxm had his first shot at stitching, which I thought he was fairly patient at. He was very proud of his veggie harvest and for the next few days, he brought it with him everywhere he went.

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Next, we built our veggie farm. For a kid not particularly fond of colouring, he diligently added in the colours for each of the vegetables, and even changed some to his favourite colour – blue. Unlike his usual impatient self, Xxm carefully executed each step of this craft with simply my verbal instruction. His efforts paid off and boy, was he proud of his accomplishment.

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We practiced our fine motor skills by poking the outline of a carrot on a mat.

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We also consolidated our learning by creating a notebook together. Xxm and Xmm revised the colours orange and brown. We discussed about carrot sizes and Xmm did a carrot sequencing activity with me. Both boys also tried matching the vegetables and fruits to their shadows.

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For math, I printed out math mats from the Kidsparkz curriculum that I have bought. The boys then plant the required number of vegetables as indicated on each of the mat. Xxm did 1 to 12 and Xmm did 1 to 5. Look how orderly Xxm planted his produce (bottom). Xxm also did other worksheets e.g. predicting what comes next in a sequence and identifying the odd one out in a group. I have obtained all these from either Kidsparkz paid or free curriculum.

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For Science, we discussed what plants needed to grow, and we viewed a video on the life cycle of carrots. Then, Xxm did a worksheet on the life cycle of carrots with little assistance. We also talked about the different parts of a plant and did a craft together. I loved this simple craft very much.

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We also tried to grow our own vegetables from this kit. However, the lack of sufficient sunlight in my home made it a flop. Then one day while Xxm was checking on his seeds, he overturned the pots and I did not bother again. But Xxm has already benefitted from the planting process.

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To learn more about the different types of vegetables, we took our learning to the supermarkets and visited an organic vegetable farm. I brought along our vegetable flashcards to the farm, hoping to correlate the pictures with the actual plants. Let’s just say, mummy is not much better than the boys. However we still learnt something. I learned that carrots cannot grow in our tropical climate and the carrots in our markets are either from China or Australia. Learning the origins of our food sources is another important social study lesson in itself.

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We supplemented our reading with “Eating The Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert and Meow thought that it was hilarious that it was written “X” for “Xigua” (means watermelon in Chinese).

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Finally, we learned to sing the Chinese nursery rhyme “拔萝卜”。The boys enjoyed this version more than the animated ones. Thereafter, we spent many a nights grabbing each other’s butt in an attempt to 拔萝卜。It’s a good game when the kids want you to do something and you are feeling lazy to get off the ground or the chair so you just shout, “Let’s 拔萝卜!”

These are the links to the resources that I have used.

Carrot poke page from This Reading Mama
• The Carrot Seed lapbook printables from The Homeschool Share
Picture and Shadow Matching
• Vegetable flashcards, Math worksheets from Kidsparkz curriculum
Life cycle of carrots
Parts of a plant booklet

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