Free Garden Unit Study Download

Today, I am offering all my readers a free e-book: Developing Christian Character Through Gardening.   Just click to open, and feel free to share the link to this free resource with your friends!  I only ask that you link to this entry rather than directly to the download so I can get “paid” through the small amount of traffic that might generate!  Thanks! And while you are planning your garden, consider learning a little about the honeybee with Share the Buzz: A free lesson guide about honeybees!

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When Jesus taught, he often used object lessons drawn from the everyday experiences of His audience: drawing water from a well, making bread, a wedding celebration, the harvest, etc. These experiences were an integral part of the culture of Jesus’ day, giving His listeners practical examples of the spiritual principles He was teaching. Today, however, even such simple tasks as making bread or sowing seeds can be as foreign to children as the spiritual lessons they were intended to illustrate.

This unit focuses on how Christian character is developed through studying the parable of the sower. Children are given an opportunity to help plant a garden and tend it through the harvest, while the parent takes time to draw spiritual applications from the work being done, “here a little, there a little.” (Isaiah 28:10) Although the foundation of this lesson rests on the parable of the sower found in Mark chapter 4, take some time before each session in the garden to reflect on what you will be doing and an appropriate verse to guide your children toward a more spiritual discussion.

Let me know what you think, and enjoy gardening with your children!

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Thanks for offering this. I’m considering giving it a try this year, although it’s sneaking up on me again. Last year I wanted to as well but was too late. Threw a container garden together but that failed (wonder why lol). We’ll see what happens…


Dana, Thank you very much for sharing this with us!
I look forward to gleaning good lessons from your unit study.
Your generosity will be rewarded by The Lord!
He really appreciates generosity!

Blessings of The Lord to you, Dana!
Numbers 6:24-27
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Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. It looks great and we desperately need encouragement with this. We try a bit each year, starting seedlings but then never get the ground dug up; trying containers, but forgetting to be consistent in watering. I really want to make this work this year for the kids. Thanks & Grace be to you! tamara 🙂

I’ve had a lot of difficulty starting seeds in the past. They always either drown or dry out. I’ve rarely gotten any to survive my attempts at starting early. Except when we tried cloches. If you have something to make a cold frame out of, you might try that. Not so overwhelming with the confined space, and you can start seeds out there without all the problems associated with indoor seed starting. At least in theory. That’s what I’m trying this year, I think, but I haven’t done it before. The cloches worked well, however, and I’m guessing it is… Read more »
T F Stern

Thanks for the free book, I’ll share it at a fireside for those interested in gardening and preparedness set for this next Friday evening. I’ll be sure to let the fellow in charge of the gardening portion of the fireside have a look at your site; you always have great ideas.
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connie hugo

Thank you for the book. My family always grows a large garden every year, and I try to find ways to use it as our summer school program. This will give me a guide to keep me on track. It’s a beautiful day in the Ozarks today, so I think we might start today. Thanks again.


That sounds wonderful! We sort of started with a cold frame, but we’re a long way off from planting. Still waiting on my seeds!

I hope you enjoy the ideas shared!
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Kenny Wilgocki

Thanks for making my morning a little bit better with this great article!!


How lovely!
Thank you for offering it as a free download. 🙂

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Thankyou Dana I’ve just saved it to my computer and I hope to start reading it in the next few days.
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So glad I stumbled upon this. I want to let you know how much I appreciate your use of the KJB. Not many use this 400yr old Word of God anymore.
Thank you for this unit study as well.
God Bless

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Ola! Roscommonacres,
I know what you mean, There are so many wonderful packaged unit studies available to homeschoolers that you don’t know where to start. Instead of buying something pre-packaged, how about starting with an idea and let your children’s interests decide where to go with it. Have you thought about starting a unit study in the kitchen… with a recipe?
Good Job!


Actually, I have a really good one. If I ever type it up, I will offer it, too!

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