Teach and Discover the Secrets Inside a Seed

Having to stay at home is the pits but this fun science series will make great memories for your family. Your child will learn where food comes from and that will nurture a lifelong journey of satisfying the need to know. You can inspire your kids to be curious and to wonder. Discover the “secrets” found in the beautiful bounty that God gives us.

I bet you have everything you need in your cupboards. If not, a quick trip to a grocery store will solve that problem. I promise that it won’t be expensive!

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Some Important Things First

Feeling “stuck at home”? Ugh. I hate change. Do you? Change is hard, even if you know it’s only temporary. 

Huge questions surface. Questions that really matter. Like

“What do I do with my kids ALL DAY LONG?”

While you secretly say to yourself, “How do I stay positive when I don’t want to do this?”

How to Get Out of That Yucky Mood

That secret question has to be answered before the first question can be answered. To help you stay positive (or recover positive….uhhhm, or if we are honest, start being positive when you are really in a crappy mood), try these simple steps before you embark on any activities you do with the kids. 

  1. Make a personal list of things you really are thankful for. 
  2. Thank God for providing those things. 
  3. When the discouraged feelings well up, try this: “No, I am thankful to be able to __________ or I am glad that I get to __________.” 
  4. Get out some paper and do this with your kids. Allow them to draw or write things they love so they can be thankful too. 
  5. Keep the list in a prominent place so you can add to it as you discover more things to be thankful for. You could start a Thankful Journal with your kids

I know what it feels like to have a job you don’t like or kids who really need an outlet that you don’t have. I know it’s hard to be positive when reality seems to be negative. You may want to steal a few minutes in your special chair and read this article to help you work through that “yuck” and to be able to accept change a bit easier. How to Be OK With a New Season of Life CLICK HERE

The Philosophy at Seasons of Devotion for Childhood Learning

We were made to wonder and to be curious. Creativity will be a natural result when we are given the chance to discover things for ourselves. For more details on why this is true, read my post, “The best way to homeschool so that your children will thrive.”

How to Prepare for The Secrets Inside Seeds Lessons

You may have everything you need for this science experiment in your pantry. If you have these items, try taking your child on a hunt in your cupboards to find them. Take a look in your cupboards.

Supplies for Secrets Inside Seeds

The supplies you will need are:

  • dried beans including large lima beans
  • popcorn (not microwave bagged variety)

Please also get the following supplies for a great follow-up activity:

  • potting soil
  • plant containers

All you need for this week’s lessons are beans and popcorn seeds! The follow-up activity will be fun and add a satisfying conclusion. If you have the seeds already, get your child involved right from the start. See if he can find the items in your cupboards or pantry.

If you don’t have dried beans and popcorn in a bag or jar (not in a microwave bag), you can easily find them in the grocery store.

If you aren’t a fan of cooked beans, you can save money on the supplies by buying one bag of beans called, “14 Bean Soup”. There’s a nice variety of beans in that one bag of beans. Be sure the bag has large lima beans in it. Those are the size that kids have the most fun with. Then find plain popcorn (not the kind sold in microwave bags but if that is what you have, you can still use it for this experiment). To make an important point to this experiment, you MUST have some popcorn kernels for comparisons. Alternatively, if you find whole corn kernels of any kind, that will work well. 

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Day One: Observe the difference between bean leaves and corn leaves

It seems odd to have to observe plants and their leaves if you are studying seeds. There’s a connection! Observing the difference before seeing the difference in the seeds is an important step. Plants are different just like their seeds are different. If you have the privilege of being able to observe live plants, please take your printed pages with you to the garden. If you don’t have live plants, you may use the images here to answer the questions in your workbook chapter. Wonder about the difference with your child. Ask questions to help him see the difference and to develop some curiosity.

Corn Plants

a row of corn plants in a garden

A Bean Plant

young beans and bloom on bean plant

Easy Science Experiment Steps

Zoom into the images as much as you can so your student can record his observations. Don’t rush! Take your time and ask for as much detail as you can without boring him. Record observations according to the directions in the workbook chapters. This may take more than one class time, depending on the child. If your child wants to rush, try to engage him with questions for details. If they are already “into” details, let them be detailed!


Soak a handful of bean seeds in water overnight for each child. In a separate bowl, soak several corn seeds overnight for each child. Be sure to soak both bean seeds and corn seeds and please soak in separate bowls.

Day Two: dissect seeds

Following the instruction in the workbook, carefully peel the outside skin off each set of seeds. Split the bean seeds to discover a hidden secret inside. Record your observations in the workbook. You will notice some big differences here.

Learn the new vocabulary words and label the pictures that your drew.

seeds on a plate with parts labeled

Day Three: Draw conclusions abut the discoveries and express yourself!

  1. Note the differences. You can see them easier if you filled in your worksheet
  2. Look at the photos of bean plants again and compare them to the photos of the corn plants. 
  3. You have discovered something about the two categories of seeds. (You may have to help your child to see that a dicot makes bush-type plants and monocot makes grass-type plants. Try your best to let them “discover” this.)
  4. Fill in the worksheet with the names of the two basic types of seeds. You will find this info on the worksheet. 

Day Four: Plant some seeds

Ready to Plant Some Seeds?

I hope you have more seeds that you didn’t soak. You can plant both kinds of seeds in some dirt. Use a pot of soil on your patio or some soil in a flower bed. Choose a place that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day for your new garden. Plant the different kinds of seeds separately, because you will want to track which seeds make which type of plant.

Planting Instructions

If you want the seeds to make plants that will have beans or ears of corn, you will need:

  1. For corn, a 5 gallon pot of garden soil. 
  2. For beans, a 3 gallon pot of garden soil.
  3. Plant 10 corn seeds in a circle in the large pot about one-half inch deep. 
  4. Plant 10 beans in a circle in the smaller pot about one-half inch deep.
  5. The plants will grow out of the dirt if you remember to water daily, just to the point that the soil is damp. 
  6. When the plants come up, keep watering daily, just until the soil is damp. After they are a couple of weeks old, you will “thin” them out to 4 corn stalks and 4 bean plants. (You could try 2 pots each and don’t thin out one of them and write what you observe.) 
  7. Beans take about six weeks to grow a bush and make new green beans. The corn will take 80-90 days, maybe a bit more. Popcorn is tricky but your child will enjoy the tall, grassy stalk even if there is no ear of corn.

Keep Learning!

This could start a whole journey of discovery about how your food grows. Extend this experiment by tracking what happens over the weeks. Draw pictures of what the plants look like as they grow. Write words to label the pictures and write a description.

If you planted the seeds, you are now officially a gardener. Welcome to the fascinating world of food. Real food. Food that not only nourishes your body but is good for your soul. When you work together, in the dirt, it builds a healthy person in many ways. 

Lots of love,

A photo of the author, Deborah Schreffler

Debbie Schreffler

Veteran Homeschooler, avid gardener, and proud grandma

I believe that you can design a peaceful lifestyle while you homeschool, complete with a garden if you want, and meals that will make the best memories you ever could imagine!

I homeschooled seven kids through high school, starting them all with a lot of planned, hands-on activities. Then, I centered subjects around the activities. That gave them lots of room for their natural curiosity to be satisfied as they learned about God’s world.

Let me help you teach kids, grow food, and stay calm!

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.Mat 6:33 CSB

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