Monday, November 29, 2010

A Christmas Windowsill Garden



The beginning of December, or end of November, might seem like an odd time to start planting seeds. But, we discovered the seeds at our local garden shop were on sale, and several of them reminded us of Christmas.

So, for a Math Monday activity, we planted a Christmas, windowsill, garden, with snow peas, mint, a basil trio, that has cinnamon, lemon, and rose scented basil, a money plant, that reminded us of the chocolate Chanukah, and Christmas coins, and some snowflake candy tuft.

You might be wondering what this has to do with math. Quite a bit, actually. We compared the seeds: small...


...smaller...


...smallest.


We measured for planting depth...


...and spacing.



And, we used the calendar, to count out, and mark the germination periods, so we'll know when to watch for the seedlings to appear.


Or, we might just stand, and wait for them, I'm not sure. Either way, I think I'll take my mother's advice, and pin a ribbon across the window sill, to hold the planter box in place. It would be quite a pity to have such a successfully sneaky math lesson end up in a pile on the kitchen floor.

I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out, but in the meantime, you can find more fun with math, at this week's Math Monday link-up, hosted by Joyful Learner.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

6 comments:

Phyllis said...

I would never have thought of a Christmas window box. I love the measuring!

Wonder Mom said...

I so want to have a window garden, but we do not have one window with enough direct sunlight throughout the day to keep the plants alive...*sigh*...

Christy said...

What a nice idea!

Ticia said...

we overwater every time we've tried this, but that is such a great math lesson.

Raising a Happy Child said...

What a neat idea to have a Christmas window box in the middle of Montana winter. I am curious to see what happens to your plants.

phasejumper said...

I never thought about math and planting together...great post!