This summer, our Happy Campers began a unit of garden study called, Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! Over the course of 6 weeks, they learned about plants, including why they are important to us, how to grow a garden, and how to give plants what they need to grow.
The first week, they learned the how to remember the six basic plant needs with the letters P.L.A.N.T.S. – a place to grow, light, air, nutrients, water, and soil.
They also learned about plant and nutrition science. Plants are made up of different parts, such as roots, stems, and leaves. Do you know what parts of a plant our food comes from? Spinach and lettuce are examples of leaves, corn is the seed of the plant, and tomatoes are the fruit of the plant. What about a potato? Or how about an onion?
We went on to learn that people need a variety of foods and types of nutrients to grow. Our campers can name the 5 food groups – vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and dairy – and got a chance to show off their Go, Slow, Whoa foods classification skills. They even got to try their hand at meal planning. Need meal planning tips of your own? Check out www.choosemyplate.gov.
During our time together, we also talked about how we make decisions about what we like to eat. We encouraged our little ones to try new foods, sampled a variety of fruits and vegetables and judged them based on sight, smell, feel, sound and taste. We learned a great rule of thumb when it comes to giving our body the nutrients and fuel it needs…. eat foods of many different colors!