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Vitarete Academy Seed Project

Welcome to Vitarete Academy and thank you so much for visiting! We hope you have taken or will take some time to browse the website and see what we have to offer our families and students.

Part of homeschooling is learning at all ages and in many different ways. Literally, planting seeds, watering them, and then watching them grow and produce! We hope you have fun and enjoy using these seeds and beans to learn!

If you haven't received one of our seed & bean pouches, you may still find great info here and do all or part of these with your children.

Let's start with the beans!

The beans are loose in the pouch and each pouch includes 4 different bean varieties. The first step is to identify the beans! Have your kids look at the photos to identify the beans. Then read the common name and the scientific names of each. They are:

Lima Bean - Phaseolus lunatus

Azuki Bean - Vigna angularis

Black Bean - Phaseolus vulgaris

Chickpea - Cicer arietinum

Supplies Needed:

  • Beans
  • Paper Towel (one or more...let the kids decide!)
  • Plastic Zipper Bag (any size or brand)
  • Water
  • Notebook or this observation sheet: Bean Observation Form
  • Ruler
  • Camera (optional)

Instructions:

Wet the paper towel and leave it quite wet. Fold it neatly and place it inside the bag and lay it flat. Now place the beans spaced apart on top of the paper towel. Seal the bag and place it in a nicely sunlit area. We chose the window sill in our kitchen.

July 3

Next, have your observation sheet(s) or notebook handy. Each day or two record what you observe about the beans. Once they are sprouted get your ruler out and start measuring and recording their size. You will be amazed just how fast they will grow.

Add some more water (just a spoonful) every 3 or 4 days just to keep the environment moist so they will continue to thrive.

AND this is very fun...take pictures so you can show friends and family (and us) how your beans have sprouted!

Just keep watching and recording until you feel done with this experiment. We eventually transferred our bean sprouts to a plastic container and placed that into a larger plastic back, creating a larger “greenhouse”, so that we could see how tall they would grow! We have been amazed in what has happened in just 2 weeks!

July 16


Now Onto the Seeds:

What could be more interesting and fun than your very own little herb garden? Well...get your green thumbs ready because that is what you have in these little plastic bags. You have three types of herbs. So, of course the first step is to identify which seed will grow what. Here are some pictures to help you:

Triple Curled Parsley

Garlic Chives

Lettuce Leaf Basil

And next...We just adored this concept and could not do any better. So, visit Herb Garden for Kids and create this awesome herb garden:

Other Educational Bean and Seed Resources:

During these few weeks there are LOTS of other online resources available to expand the learning. If you and your child are excited to learn even more here are just a few links you may enjoy. Use all or just some...just have FUN!

YouTube

YouTube is a great resource, but please monitor young children. These are cool time lapse videos:

Reading Links

Lapbooks

If lapbooks are something your children enjoy there are several available online. We always remind other parents that when creating a lapbook you can complete as many pieces as you feel are fun or necessary for your child. Also, several children can work together to create one amazing lapbook! You can even just create some pieces without compiling them into a book if that suits your style. Whatever you do, don't forget to include your observation sheet and to have fun!

Thanks again and we sincerely hope you enjoy this time learning with your children and eventually create some delicious meals using your herbs!

Sincerely,

Christine Larsen & Genette Raborn