Remember to monitor plant and seed bottles daily for over zealous watering… Over the weekend the plant bottle ran a muck because someone had added too much water. This is not a failure, but just a setback that turns into a teachable moment. Bad weather and flooding can destroy crops. Watch the bottom of the plant bottle. Any collecting water should not touch the soil above the rocks. Preschoolers can use a water dropper to add water. One a day should keep the bottle from gaining too much water.
Another note: Potatoes can stink! We started over again with a new plant bottle, a new celery bottom, and washed the potato so all of the rotting flesh was gone. In one corner chia seeds were added just because we had some in our supplies. Everyone is ready to start writing again about the plant bottle in the journals.
Our vegetables are showing signs of life! Its been two days and the celery and potato are already changing. The carrots seem to be taking a little longer. This may be because of a wash that is put on some vegetables to give them a longer shelf life. There is excitement in the classroom as we watch the changes happening each day. It is a good subject for student journals.
Our first plant bottle is not a seed bottle, but a root bottle. Students had brought in items to make a salad. One mother had found a sprouting potato in her refrigerator. The next thing I knew, we were making a bottle to see if the bottoms of the vegetables would root. This can now cross over to the writing area and students can make journal entries about the progress in the plant bottle. Dating each journal page helps children see how days and dates change. Charts in the circle area can keep a classroom record of the changes in the growth of the plants. Students can help by observing the changes and predicting what will happen next.