10 - 11 years
Everyday ways to help your child with literacy and numeracy
Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia
Gardening with your child is a great way to get down and dirty with worms, words, seedlings and sums! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- read labels, books and magazines to research different plants
Is this plant suitable for our garden?
How big will it grow? What conditions does it need?
What would be the best place to put it?
- create a garden diary, recording when you put in new plants, whether they need to be fertilised and watered, when they are likely to flower or fruit, how much they produce. Your child could include drawings, photos, diagrams and/or labels
- practise estimating and measuring
How much room does this plant need?
How far apart should we space these seeds?
How many bags of potting mix do we need?
How heavy is the pumpkin we grew?
- compare costs – eg different brands of fertiliser, or seedlings compared to growing from seed
- record data – eg a tally of how many tomatoes you pick, a graph of how much rain falls.