A quick note: There is no right or wrong garden! My focus is on outdoor gardening, but there are plenty of options for indoor gardens, too.
Now that you’ve planted a seed and planned out your family garden project, it’s time to get growing. BUT! Before digging in, we need to check our supplies.
Checklists are a simple – and incredibly valuable – literacy tool. First, they can help us focus. Second, “push” our brains to organize our thoughts. Third, we always feel successful when we check things off a list.
Use brainstorming to create your checklist. Ask everyone to add their ideas as to what they think will be needed for starting and maintaining your family garden.
- Ask for help in “grouping” similar items (like tools) to create a working list.
- Pick a spot where you can gather the items that you already have. Then check off those items.
- Create a new list – aka shopping list – of the items you need to purchase.
Bonus benefit: Budget tracker! Putting prices next to items is a great way to help kids learn a little financial literacy, too!
Check out this Family Garden Checklist that covers both planning and prepping for your family garden. We also included some of the books we’re featuring in this series.
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LINKS TO THE FULL LITERACY TIPS IN THE FAMILY GARDEN SERIES
- Part 1: Planting the seeds.
- Part 2: Let’s get growing.
- Part 3: Nurture and reap the rewards.