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Jack’s Beans

Radiation Level:  Growing

Listening To:  Edge of the Moon by Tori Amos

I started teaching a science class to young ones yesterday.  Garden science.  Okay, not my favorite of scientific topics, but of course there’s that whole “kids today don’t understand where food comes from” aspect, so it’s important.  The lesson was to dissect a lima bean then create a “garden” in a paper cup to grow the lima bean.  With the younger kids, I first read them the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Most of the kids know it, but it’s inherently dramatic, so it goes over well.  After the story (which garnered applause from one of my classes) we got into the science.  Soil, osmosis, sunlight, plant embryo, etc.  At the end, each kid had their very own ‘cup-a-lima-bean garden’.

Then, once all the classes were finished, one first grade boy came back to me with his mother and 4-year-old brother in tow.

The small boy’s English was a bit stilted, clearly his second language, but he was eager and curious.  He asked me if his little brother could also have a lima-bean-garden.  I said, “Sure”.  As I was putting soil into the cup, he leaned over and whispered to me, “But don’t add the bean”.    I looked at him confused.  He explained, “My brother is very little.  If he climbs up the beanstalk, he may fall off.”


So sweet and funny.  I added four beans to his:)


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