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What an adult can learn about the power of a seed...

While weeding yesterday, Ryan suddenly came up with his own way to raise money for our school. Our yard is covered with grasses….not because we planted all of them, but because 3 years ago, we bought two little pots of garden grass……

Day after day, Ryan would walk out the front door and gently run his hand up the blades of grass releasing them to the wind. It was the power of the wind and the gentle touch of the sun that made the grasses spread and spread all over our front yard. Each time the wind blows, it reminds me of how our children delight in the beauty of nature and how our garden is Ryan’s masterpiece!

So, in the midst of dirty hands and sweaty foreheads Ryan shared, “Mama, I know what we can do!!  We can sell some of the seeds of grass to raise money for materials”! He continued on…..”What materials do we need?  How much are they?  “I think we can raise enough”

He then decided how he wanted to sell them. He walked into the kitchen, grabbed a few brown paper bags and began to take all of the blades off of the stem s and let them drop into the bags. He talked the whole time, figuring out where he would put them at school, calculating how much he would need to cover certain materials, and in between asking if I had ever thought of raising money from the seeds in our garden! It was beautiful!

It was hours of nature. ….hours of language….hours of science….hours of problem solving…..hours of mathematics…….hours of community involvement….hours of botany…hours of self-chosen “homework”, hours of self expression and most of all hours spent with his family enjoying the “fruits of his labor”……the beautiful grasses.          

Ryan would like to sell his seeds from his front yard for 50 cents. Your planting process is as simple as…Let the wind take them where there are meant to be…They will thrive…..

As I am typing this during the early morning hours I smile and think……This is why the world needs more Montessori.

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Kerri, I love love love this posting!!! It has to be my favorite so far!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience with us. It is such a motivating lesson for me as a parent to encourage their ideas that snowball into amazing creations!!

September 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterSusie Neimark

This is a heart-tugger Kerri! I'll share it with the boys, I know they'll be excited to use their money to purchase Ryan's seeds for the school. What amazing things children can come up with... things we often become to busy to realize ourselves.

September 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterJamie Miller

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