This is the perfect indoor gardening project for your homeschoolers. This project only takes a few weeks and it literally grows before your little ones eyes. Great for juicing up some Superhero Juice. This is not only a lesson in botany but also teaches responsibility and patience. You could tie this in with a number of unit studies as well..............
To begin soak 1/4 cup of organic wheat berries. I buy all my sprouting seeds from www.mountainroseherbs.com . Soak seeds for 2 days rinsing and changing the water twice daily. Once the seeds begin to sprout open, plant them in a shallow container using a mixture of 50% potting mix and 50% peat moss . Barely cover the seeds by sprinkling a little peat over them and mist with water. Keep soil moist not wet. Once it begins to grow you can water normally. Do not place container in direct sunlight the sun will just keep the soil dry. When wheatgrass has reached 9" high you can harvest. Cut grass 1 or 2" from the root(kids love this part). Let the grass grow again for 1 more harvest. And now we're ready to start juicing..........
To go a step further we made Honey Wheat bread. Use a few tablespoons of the same organic seeds you used for planting and grind them into flour. Most of us don't have a wheat grinder but we do have coffee grinders. I'm not suggesting you grind 3 cup of flour 2 tablespoons at a time. We just did 2 tablespoons full for demonstration purposes and added it to our store bought whole-wheat flour. I let Jack help make the dough and he kneaded and shaped his own loaf.
In this lesson we learned all about wheat, how its grown and used. We also learned how to use and read a ruler and how to use measuring cups. Making a watering chart and giving your child the responsibility of watering the grass teaches math skills, and is a fun way to learn the days of the week. This was a lesson for a Kindergardener but you could do the same activities with any age child. Add worksheets and written lessons for older students. You could add these activities to a number of unit studies.
*A unit study is a subject that you choose to explore for a week or two with all your children. You incorporate all the basics math, science, english and so on....Unit studies should be a little more laid back and fun and should ALWAYS end with a show and tell party. Invite the Grandparents, relatives and close friends so the kids can show off their new knowledge.
Biblical teaching:(Hungry Disciples ate grain)