The "Teaching Kids about African Violets"
project is designed to give youngsters, in elementary schools, an opportunity to
use African violets to learn about the requirements of plants and the effects of
changes in environmental conditions.
Experience over a ten year period in Toronto suggests
that Grades 3 to 5 can benefit from a project like this. This includes students
in the age range from 8 to 11 years.
The project consists of the following:
In September, at the beginning of the
school year, each child is given an AV leaf that has been started and is
already showing baby plants. An alternative is to give each child a leaf
that they can start at that time.
Each student is responsible for
watering their plant that is growing under a light stand.
In January when the babies are ready for separation from the mother leaf, the teacher, or volunteer, shows the
child how to transplant a baby to a small pot.
In May, each child should have a
blooming violet to give their Mother for Mother’s Day.
If your AV Society has a Show, the
kids can enter in a class of their own and compete for a rosette, a ribbon
or maybe even a McDonald’s Gift Certificate.