The bean germination project is an excellent way for preschoolers to learn about plant growth and development. The project is designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities for preschoolers. Each student has germinated one bean, starting with the first step of putting the bean in a wet cotton in a zip lock bag. This allows the bean to absorb water and soften the outer seed coat, which is necessary for germination to occur. Students then watered their beans daily to keep the cotton moist and create a suitable environment for the bean to sprout.
Once the beans started to sprout, students planted each rooted bean into the soil and continued to water them daily. This step allowed preschoolers to observe the growth of the beans and see the different parts of a plant, such as the stem, leaves, and roots. Taking preschoolers outside and talking about what planted bean needs now helped them understand the effects of sun, air, water, and soil in a real environment.
The bean germination project provided an opportunity for preschoolers to develop their observation skills and scientific inquiry skills. They learned to ask questions and make predictions about the growth of the bean, as well as how to care for the bean. The project also taught them patience and responsibility, as they had to wait for the beans to germinate and grow, and take care of them daily.
The project was an enriching learning experience for the preschoolers at Nebula Academy. Through this project, they not only learned about the life cycle of plants but also developed important skills such as scientific inquiry, observation, patience, and responsibility.