Category Archives: Growing Vegetable Soup

Indianapolis Chapter Early Childhood Conference

If you attended my Science workshop today, here is the Power Point I shared (and if you didn’t, it’s okay to look too!).ย  Please e-mail me or contact me by e-mail ( or by leaving a comment below. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for coming!ย  I hope you got lots of inexpensive science ideas to use in your early childhood classrooms!

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚


Pictures of the Pigs

Here are some pictures of our newest classroom pets: Fluffy and Kiss:

Fluffy is on the left and Kiss on the right (Fluffy is the brown calico and Kiss is the gray and white pig)



They are one month old guinea pigs.ย  I feed them a piggy salad (romaine lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, parsley, strawberries, and other fruits and veggies) two times a day along with their hay.ย  Now…how to figure out how I will get them to school…hmmmm!

Growing Vegetable Soup

I’m tired of the cold weather, so I decided to get everyone excited about Spring and do some planting! ย But plant what??

That’s when I chose our Big Book for this week: Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert. ย 


We also started a new Predictable Chart:


(Sorry the computer is being funky here–I’ll try to undo it’s funky-ness later!)

So then it was time to plant:

Each child was given two deli containers, one small and one large. ย I cut holes in the bottom of the small one and the children put some wicking through and then put it on top of the larger container. ย They then added peat and some soil to the small container and planted their choice of 6 vegetables (squash, cucumbers, radishes, peas, tomatoes, peppers). ย We then watered them from the top and all the water seeps through to the bottom and collects there. ย The wicking helps keep the plants constantly moist, yet not too wet and so the plants grow much faster and the quality is always better. ย This is how you grow Wisconsin Fast Plants as well–those are amazing if you’ve never tried them. ย I was going to do them again this year, but I cannot for the life of me find the seeds from last year’s crop! ๐Ÿ™‚


We had two 1/2 days this week, so we did a lot of writing and catching up on things. ย I need to go type my newsletter now–so I’ll be back in the next few days to update more! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

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