The Garden Guide


We’ve have a new guide here at The Peaceful Press and we are excited to share it with you. Spring is here and we have combined this wonderful season with a focus on the outdoors and gardening. This four week guide will delight you and your young child with its engaging literature selections, fun activities for developing motor skills, recipes and hands on application out in the sun.


As we head towards the warmer seasons it can be hard to keep going through the homestretch but adding in interest led studies can help your children renew their love for learning, and keep developing skills while enjoying the hands on fun that leads to a gentle approach to homeschooling for the whole family.

In this unit you will find a basic introduction to gardening, including beautifully illustrated living books that bring the garden to you, as well as activities and life skills that bring the fun of the garden to your home. 

Lisa Wilkinson again contributed her amazing ideas to this guide, and the collection of books she curated is a lovely way to introduce young children to the beauty of the garden (click for Amazon link). We hope you can find most of these at the library, but feel free to substitute if necessary.

How A Seed Grows by Helene Jordan

From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Up In The Garden and Down In The Dirt by Kate Messner

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

A Child’s Garden of Verses (optional)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole

Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Lisa also offered a bonus lesson based on the book, The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.

  • Read The Tiny Seed

  • Practice sounding out the word “seed”

  • Make a Tiny Seed sunshine craft-In The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle you will notice that bright shining sun. You can take time to talk about how the growing seeds need that sunshine and create a paper plate sunshine to remind you what your plants will need. Paint a paper plate a bright, sunshiny yellow.  Next, add yellow, orange, and red strips of construction paper to the outside of your paper plate to create sun rays with a glue stick or stapler.

  • Hang a bird feeder

  • Plant sunflower seeds


Field Trips are another important part of learning with preschoolers, and the garden guide sparks some wonderful field trip ideas.

Here are some field trip suggestions for this guide:

  • Visit a Local Farm. Discover what is planted in the gardens, how they care for the seeds and plants, and how they share or sell the harvest with others. 

  • Visit a local Farmer’s Market. Discover what can be grown and harvested in your area. Try new foods you find as your visit the stands full of beautiful color and variety.

  • Visit a Farm to Table Restaurant. Find out where they source their food locally and what ingredients come from what kinds of farms.

We are so delighted to offer you another unit to encourage you and your preschooler to grow together! Happy Gardening!

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