Sorting Seeds and
Conversation about Diversity
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Bonnets made from newspaper

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  Friends with Nature:                                                                             Spring Curriculum     
Three Little Seeds: Children
form a circle around (one, two,
or three) children who are
curled up on the floor under a
sheet Children in the outer
circle tell the story..
Children in the outer cirlce
pound their feet softly then
getting louder. The rain
pounds down
The little seeds ccome up
out from the blanket to
standing with their arms
stretched up.Seeds
stretch feet
Seeds push up through
the ground
Sowing Seeds
Prepare the ground: seeds are babies who grow up to be plants. Like
babies in our own families, seeds need tender care. Why?  Gently
pressing fingers into earth  making each little bed,
tucking in and
covering over each little seed, providing
water with a gentle mist of
rain, and then
checking back everyday - this is how we take time now
to care for the future: more flowers, more food, more seeds...
Seeds come in many shapes and sizes.

Once

upon

a time,

there

were

one

two

three

little seeds

curled up tight

fast asleep

deep
deep
deep

in the ground.

(can you hear
them snoring?)

Then!
Came the sound!

It was the rain,

pittering

pattering

pounding

down.

Hearing
the ruckus the
seeds shook in
their beds

they stretched
down through
their bottoms
and

up

up

up

through their
heads.

Here they are
up out of the
ground.

The rain is
stopped.

There is a
humming sound.

Is this the  sun?
So warm
so bright?

They slip off
their coats

and move in
the light.
This poem can be performed as
a circle dance with three "little
seeds" in the middle covered
with a cloth. When the rain
comes the outer circle stamps
their feet.  When the sun
comes the outer circle
straighten their arms towards
the seeds like  sun rays and
they hum.  At the end, the outer
circle curtsies deeply and then
rolls down and backwards onto
the ground becoming the
petals surrounding the (still
standing) seeds of the waving
flower.