Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been using the time in the morning to teach the girl before she goes to school. We spent some time learning about a few famous artists, a little about the animal kingdom and ‘visited’ some countries. More recently, I have started to teach based on themes. And since it was Spring in May, I thought it would be good to get the kids to learn a little about botany.
The following is a record of what I did with the kids and the related resources.
The idea to start on Botany started quite innocently. I had extra stalks of celery and I was teaching the boy colours and then I thought why not show them how plants take in water through the stems? So, this was how we started.
So I quickly gathered the resources that exist at home and took a trip to the library to borrow the books that I need to teach. By the way, I love this website – The Helpful Garden. It has lots of resources that I printed off for the children’s learning.
Love this book from Gail Gibbons. It really is a gem. From this, I taught the parts of the plants and got the girl to make out the words.
From seeds (and the girl planted bok choy)…
… to flowers. The children learnt about the parts of the flowers and the reproduction of course. It might be a tad too abstract, I feel. But there’s certainly no harm in introducing!
We took a trip down to the florist, bought a few stalks of flowers…
…after introducing her to some flowers via the 3-part cards.
Lessons turned out to be very beautiful indeed.
The girl learnt to paint poppy flowers, a very doable art piece for a preschooler.
With this book, we learnt the different parts of the plants which we consume. Dan showed his ability to match the concrete to the pictures.
We then zoomed in into the life of a Dandelion.
And we dabbled in more artwork. This time round, it was finger-printing.
It was a very interesting and wide topic. So much to learn but I guess we shall take a few steps at a time. Learning can never cease.