Last Friday, we introduced the concept of seed germination to the kids. Germination is how a seed starts to grow and becomes a plant. Before we started germinating the seeds, we asked the kids “what do plants need to grow?” And most of them answered “Water!” Then we started showing video clips and giving coloring worksheets to help them understand better what happens to a seed when you plant them in the SOIL, give them WATER, and expose them to AIR and LIGHT.
However, the science of germination is best understood when you plant the seeds by yourself so that you can observe with your own eyes what will happen to the seed. And so, the kids planted germinating seeds of azuki beans (the red beans used in making angko) in their plastic bottles. They also made a plant diary where they can make daily records of the growth of the azuki beans.
Today, the azuki beans seem to be bigger than yesterday and new leaves have sprung. Let us see what it is going to be like on the days to come. In the mean time, the kids were happy once again to learn new plant words: root, stem, and leaf.