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Worm Composting Home Schooling Project

It’s a great time to start a worm composting home schooling project.  Really with home schooling anytime is a great time to start a worm composting project because you aren’t tied to schedules like in the public schools.

Worms in the Worm BinKids love worms!  Of course some kids are grossed out by worms.  I have found, through my experiences, even the most girly girl can get excited about worms if she can wear gloves; so she doesn’t have to actually touch the worms.  My granddaughter who would never dream of touching a worm gets really interested in the worms if she can wear disposable gloves. And the gloves don’t even fit her and it doesn’t matter!

Go-green with a Worm Composting Home Schooling Project

There are so many things to talk about and teach with worm composting.

  1. Biology of the worm and reproducing.
  2. Environment-Recycling kitchen waste-Keeping it out of the landfills.
  3. Composting
  4. Experiment with growing seedlings with worm compost and without.

So as you can see there is so much to learn from a worm composting home schooling project.  Let’s discuss each subject in a little more detail

Biology of the Composting Worm

You might not be ready to teach about reproduction depending on the age of your home-schoolers.  There is plenty of other subject matter on the biology of the composting worm.

  1. How they digest the food scraps and turn them into compost.
  2. The parts of their body
  3. How they live in the dark
  4. How they live in a community
  5. Differences between composting worms and night crawlers.

Kids are very delighted when they can feed the worms with their old banana peels, apple cores or cucumber peels and within a week these food scraps have disappeared.  It is truly a miracle to watch how the worms transform our kitchen waste into a great amendment for the soil.

Lastly you could experiment with how worms live.  Your children could do a project on how composting worms are different than night crawlers.  There are lots of  opportunities for hands-on learning with composting worms!

Protecting Our Environment With Worm Composting

By composting our kitchen scraps, we are protecting our environment.  We waste a huge amount of food and it all ends up in the landfills!  After you start your worm composting project you can figure up how much kitchen waste you send to the landfill and then multiply that amount by all the people on your street and in your city.  It is a mindboggling amount of food waste.  Just imagine if it all could be recycled into compost and used for growing our food!  There are quite a few math problems that could be incorporated into your worm composting projects!

Experiments with Using Worm Compost

Lastly you could teach your children how to set up experiments to see if the worm compost really helps plants.  Within this process you could be teaching about the scientific method and how to conduct good experiments.  Of course these experiments would have to happen a few months after you start because it takes 3-4 months for the worms to great a worm bin full of worm compost!

Download My PowerPoint Video, an Intro to Worm Composting!

I have created an informational PowerPoint video turned into a movie, as an Introduction to Worm Composting. It is an excellent narrated presentation using my photos, text and video clips for a great Intro to Worm Composting. I give you a heads up about what mistakes I have made so you won’t have to make them yourself!

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