The Power of Homeschool – Learning how to Compost

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I was watching an episode of Curious George with my son yesterday and I was amazed at how much I learned.  It was a really fantastic episode on composting, what you need for effective composting – and how compost helps the plants to grow.

Here is the episode.



I was impressed with the quality of information and how it was delivered to children.  It was so simple.  In fact, the kids and I established a compost bin in the fall, and I wish I had known about this episode so that we could have watched it together.  This episode talks about the things you need, what happens, and the final product in a straightforward and easy way so that children understand.  Plus, Curious George is so darn cute – you can’t help but to love him.

I learned a lot myself!

If you are interested in teaching your children about composting, it’s a great and fun introduction.  Here are some other resources…


Here are some very cute children’s picture books about composting.
Composting picture and board books


  • Compost Stew – This book provides the answers Children and Families are looking for child-friendly activities to help the environment.
  • Garbage Helps our Gardens Grow – Watch as one family makes compost for their garden – and how kids can start their own composting bin.
  • Caillou: The Magic Compost – Grandma impresses Caillou with her compost bin, so Caillou has to go home and start his own!
  • Composting, Nature’s Recyclers – Dead leaves, food scraps and grass clippings for lunch?  This books tells how fungi and bacteria turn these things into tasty compost for your garden.
  • The Little Composter – Toddlers will love the colorful spreads and playful rhymes telling how much fun playing in the dirt can be!
  • How Groundhog’s Garden Grew – Little Groundhog learns how to grow and tend his own food garden.
  • In the Garden with Dr. Carver – Sally is a young girl living in Rural Alabama in the early 1900’s.  It’s difficult to grow in soil depleted by cotton.  Dr. George Washington Carver teaches them and their school how to grow.
  • Kids can Compost – An inviting “how to” picture book that teaches children on the good of composting.


I am hoping that these resources help children develop an excitement for composting!


Have you started composting in your home or homeschool?  What resources did you use?

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  1. We used to compost before we moved, and I loved it. We had these amazing huge green beetles that liked our compost pile. And we have “volunteer” plants grow, both pumpkins and potatoes! It was learning all the time.
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  2. I wish I could compost…if we owned our own place I would so do that. Great books and resoruces, once again thanks for sharing Lisa.
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    • Thanks for stopping by! I know it’s so difficult for you since you are an incredibly busy mama to Dino. So, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate that you spend some time here with me on this blog. It really does mean a lot! Have a great weekend!
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