Notes from the Homeschool Science Class

I don’t know if anyone can use this for their own homeschooling, but I thought, “What the heck? I’ll pass this along.”

Personally, I’m tired of chemical reactions and the periodic table. That kind of stuff drove me crazy in high school, and my 8th grade homeschooled kid wasn’t interested in it. So for the last few weeks we have left for our school year, he and I decided to use our class to learn how to grow flowers and a couple of vegetables. Since we’re in Montana, it’s too early to do anything outside. (Earlier this week, it was snowing.)

But we have begun some indoor activities. We’ll be taking to growing things outside when it gets warmer. Many thanks to the people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with people like me on You Tube. I’d rather watch and hear people explain how to do something than to read it. Really fast, I want to give a shout out to these people. I don’t know any of them. I came across them either in a search or while talking about growing food with my friend Stephannnie Beman. So part of the thanks goes to her as well.

Here are the You Tube channels that I have found very useful:


Roots and Refuge Farm

CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY

Regarding the homeschooling, we opted to regrow lettuce and green onions. We also found an herb kit at the grocery store. Plus, we found some flower seeds at Ace Hardware.

First, the lettuce.

(You Tube video I found most helpful with this technique is from this link.)

I love Romaine red leaf lettuce, so this was my choice. The bottom of the lettuce was small enough to fit into a Solo cup, but I ended up putting it into a glass mason jar so it could get better sunlight.

freshly cut lettuce

This is as big as the picture gets.

A week later, this is what we had.


Lettuce growing in

Second, the green onions.

(You Tube video I found most helpful with this technique is from this link. It includes lettuce, carrot leafy tops, and another veggie I never eat, so the name slips my mind.)

green onions freshly cut

freshly cut green onions; this is as big as the picture gets

A week later, this is what we had:

green onions a week later


My kid chose the flowers, and he picked ones that wouldn’t take too long to grown in.

flowers 1



flowers 2

Alyssum: These seeds were closer than we thought they were. They were such tiny seeds. My kid thinned them out after this picture was taken.

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