When teaching children abstract concepts like life cycles of plants, we try to incorporate experiential learning, which simply means “learning by doing”.
In the case of plants, the volunteers teaching the lesson gave the children some green beans a week prior to the lesson, requesting them to grow the plants. Meanwhile, the volunteers grew a series of plant samples for each day of the week like the photo below.
During the lesson, the volunteers would show the kids these plant samples and relate them to the plants that they have grown over the past week, allowing them to appreciate the concept of life cycles and that certain changes take time. This can form part of a series of life cycles – animals and insects – to reinforce the concept. Finally, they can also be made more aware of themselves and the idea of growing up and becoming adults.