Bring your Homeschool into the Garden and
learn together, work together and grow together... all Spring and Summer long!

If you love to garden and want to share that joy & satisfaction with your kids...
If you want your kids to learn and bloom and grow - both inside and out...
Then Do Not Miss our great Green Thumb Family Resource "Toolkit"!

* Great garden ideas, tips & projects
* Tried & True Advice from Homeschool Families
* Practical Character building resources
* Homeschool Unit Studies
* Vintage Living Books
* Classic Audio Stories

Here's what you get in our Green Thumb Family "toolkit"
(all of these are instantly downloadable PDF ebooks!)


How Does Your Garden Grow?
A Complete Elementary Grades Unit Study
by Lynda Coats
(author of Far Above Rubies & Blessed Is The Man)

Wondering how you could possibly make your garden a central part of your homeschooling this spring? Wonder no more!
This HUGE Unit Study by veteran Homeschool writer and pioneer Lynda Coats (author Far Above Rubies, Blessed Is The Man & more)  provides DOZENS of learning projects and activities encompassing Literature, Bible study, Character Building, Cultural Studies, Physical Fitness, Computer Skills, Life Skills, Mathematics, Science and History -- all centered around your own garden! Whether your "garden" is a few potted plants on the porch or a full-fledged, king-sized garden patch, you'll find an amazing variety of lessons and activities that will make this Spring a "growing season" in more ways than one. Over 200 (!) separate educational activities & project ideas, with links to online resources & more. An amazing resource guide!


Greening Up Your Homeschool:
Tips & Ideas for Integrating Gardening into your Homeschool
A “Green Thumb Family” Guide

What more ways you can integrate your homeschool studies with gardening? Looking for ways to motivate your kids to get into the garden... and LIKE it?
Here is a collection of practical, "real life" advice offered to you by other homeschooling families who have done just that!
Some wonderful ideas here... Read, glean, and use what works for you!



Our Favorite Gardening Activities
A “Green Thumb Family” Guide

We surveyed over 300 families (homeschoolers, homesteaders, city folk and gardeners) and asked them to share their suggestions for successfully integrating gardening into homeschooling and making “growing thing” a part of their family life.  This is a compilation of many of their best  answers.  This is real-life advice, and there are LOTS of great ideas and insights in these pages. Read, glean, and utilize what fits you best!



Making It Grow:
How to Keep Gardening Positive & Fun for your Kids

What is the worst "turn off" for kids as far as gardening is concerned? This Green Thumb Family report is filled with advice, tips and words of wisdom from other homeschool parents. A great way to avoid garden "burnout" and keep your family gardening time positive and fun. Excerpt: "Gardening is not about 'doing school'. For boys, it's about getting your hands in the dirt, playing with worms, eating produce straight off the plant. Gardening is a life skill that will provide years of enjoyment and stress reduction if you don't make it about the grade."



The Children's Book of Gardening
by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick & Mrs. Paynter

"All children, according to their strength and means, may love a garden, whether it is contained in a few flower-pots on a city window-sill, or encouraged to expand and grow in the wide spaces of the country. Gardening, like other bents, will find a way; but it will run more smoothly if it has a little help at the beginning.... " Excellent "how to" book published in England in 1909, very helpful advice and guidance both for young readers and adults. There are 12 gorgeous full color paintings of children in garden scenes throughout this book.


Gardens Shown to the Children
The Classic Text by J. A. Henderson

"GARDENING is a good game, whether you play it in fun or in earnest ; whether you plant things at haphazard to see what will happen, or go about it with knowledge and intention. Sooner or later the haphazard way will be given up, for, as with everything that interests you, you want if you are going to do it at all, to do it well.... So now if you want to sow seeds you can use the services of the gardeners that have gone before you, and set about it in the way that will give yours the best chance. And this book is going to tell you some of the things you will want to know first." Another very well written classic book giving young readers good "hands on" advice on growing plants and gardening from 1916! Beautiful color illustrations of many flowers included.


THE BASKET OF FLOWERS
PIETY AND TRUTH TRIUMPHANT
A TALE FOR THE YOUNG By Christoph von Schmid

Originally published in 1833, this classic "living book" about a girl unjustly accused of theft, and her humble gardener father who reminds her Who is really in control of their lives is filled with great lessons on Christian character and trust in God. Definitely "old fashioned" but a wonderful "read aloud" the whole family will enjoy.



Flower Children: The Little Cousins of the Field and Garden
by Elizabeth Gordon

This  classic little picture book from 1909 contains delightful color pictures of different varieties of flowers depicted as small children, along with rhymes. Lots of fun for little ones and a neat way to learn about all the flowers of the garden and the wild, as well as remember the names of different flowers.



The Green Thumb Family
No-Till, No-Dig, Family Fun Potato Garden Secrets!

Want to know the "secret", EASY way to raise a bumper crop of potatoes -- without tilling and digging? The secret is actually pretty simple... and we reveal it in this step-by-step "recipe" for a back yard potato garden! This is a super fun and easy project for kids who are interested in growing things... and EVERYONE will love sitting down to a meal with your very own "home grown" mashed potatoes!



Garden Lore & Wisdom Copy Book
from the Old Farmer's Almanac & others

Here's a classic collection of old time garden lore and quotations about gardening with an emphasis on young people, that are great for memorization, copy work, or just as good reading and advice. These quotes are taken from sources from the 19th century and earlier, including the Old Farmer's Almanac, Abraham Lincoln, Greek philosophers, and more.


The Green Thumb Family
Online Resource Guide

We asked over 300 homeschooling families to share their all-time favorite online and offline resources on gardening with the kids, and we've sorted them out and compiled the best of these in this clickable PDF directory of wonderful sites, studies, publications and fun projects you can use right away!


Butterflies in My Garden
All About Butterflies & How to Attract Them

A wonderful ebook giving some fascinating history and folklore about these delicate and beautiful insects, and then practical steps to making your backyard or garden a butterfly sanctuary. Children LOVE butterflies, and if you've wanted to attract them to your home, THIS is the guide you need!



Organic Gardening Basics
For Your Family

Here’s a great primer on “organic” gardening in the family garden — all the whats & whys of going “organic”, with a great section of practical advice on dealing with garden pests and problems. Great beginner's guide!



The Green Thumb Family
Guide to Bonsai Trees

A great introduction to the ancient art of Bonsai. In Part One, we trace the history and meaning of these fascinating objects of living art; and then in part two, learn the basics of how to plant, grow, and train your own bonsai. Definitely a long term “gardening project” that can last for years, these are still a fascinating subject and great hands on project for kids and adults.


Your Essential Family Herb Garden

Well-done beginner’s guide to the simple pleasures and delights of growing edible and medicinal herbs in your family garden, with some fascinating educational  herb history and lore added to put them in a bit of perspective.



Children & Flowers Part I:
How Flowers Work
In Part One of "Children & Flowers", you’ll discover the amazing anatomy of flowers,
how and why they move and grow, how they reproduce, why they attract insects, and all sorts of other fascinating facts.
Wonderful, well-written guide for young readers & listeners!



Children & Flowers Part II:
12 Favorite Flowers
In Part Two of "Children & Flowers", you’ll be introduced to twelve of the most popular
domestic flowers, learn about their unique characteristics, and find out how to grow them in YOUR home garden
this year!



Classic Audio Programs

Two great dramatized audio stories of Botanical Pioneers:


The Man With Green Thumbs
The Story of Luther Burbank
and

Black Rust
The amazing story of how the US wheat farming was saved from a horrible blight

That's a total of 19 Wonderful "tools" to help grow your Garden AND your Family...
All Spring and Summer Long!

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PS. It really doesn't matter if you think you have a green thumb or a black thumb... or whether your garden is just a few potted plants on the porch, a couple of flower beds, or even a king-sized truck garden. Our new Green Thumb Family Toolkit  is designed to encourage and inspire your family to learn together, work together and grow together... all Spring and Summer long! You won't find anything else like it anywhere!

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