Montessori Monday~ Botany~ Stem Week
Hi there everyone! I am happy to report that the this new site is ready for some new posts! Hooray! I have missed sharing all our fun! However, I am begging you to hang in there with me, things are messy all over, but we are working on getting it all there!
Last week we spent a lot of time talking about the stems of a plant! We observed how the plant takes water up from the roots by letting some celery suck up some food colored water! The girls love seeing this! It is such a basic experiment that never fails to seem like magic to kids! My girls are no exception! It was really amazing to see how the food coloring really allows you to see the veins of the leaf too!
While we waited for the celery to become magical, we talked about the two different types of stems~ Woody and herbaceous. After a quick talk about the differences we walked the neighbor hood figuring out which ones were which in the plants we saw. The girls were quick to understand it. I have found that although it is fun to sort cards, most of the time my girls would prefer to get out there and see it for real!
Another thing we did last week was talk about the parts of a woody steam and look at an old stump in the neighbors yard! (She didn’t mind). Bunny thought it was interesting that they get new rings every year.
Finally, to make the week a little fun, we decided to paint plants with all their parts! Not only that, but I thought it would be fun to use mediums to see how different each picture looked. We used water color pencils, watercolors, and tempera paint. They loved it, plus they got to see and feel how different mediums worked. Plus they got to think about the parts of a plant
So there you have what we have been up to with our Botany fun! I am sorry for the sideways pictures! I have been trying and trying to fix this, but I am new to Word press and cant figure it out! I am going to link up over at Montessori Monday, so be sure to stop by there for more amazing Montessori fun! I will be back tomorrow with lots more fun! Happy Schooling!!!
May 14, 2013 @ 3:35 am
WOW!! I LOVE THIS POST!! LOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL CLASSROOM!!!LOL Botany its soooo amazing!! How as something its so small, wonderful, beautiful and tasty things can born!! love all the pictures!! The girls looks so Beautiful!, as always!!
Sooooo happy you start to share your days again!!
May 14, 2013 @ 2:21 pm
Thanks Karen! I have missed you! Things have been all messed up with my “big” move! Cant wait to get back to posting more! Tell your princesses we say hi!
May 14, 2013 @ 12:21 pm
Hands-on is always so much more interesting isn’t it 😉
May 14, 2013 @ 2:20 pm
So true! Hands on is the best! 🙂
Amy @ No Greater Honors
May 15, 2013 @ 12:46 am
The celery stick! I almost forgot about that one 🙂 I am glad that I read this, not only because I enjoyed seeing the pictures and the fun, but so that I can use the celery experiment in plants/flowers botany theme.
May 15, 2013 @ 2:30 am
Glad to remind you! We also used a carnation that was white and that was amazing too! I always think that they will not be too interested, but then they are amazed! Bunny looked at it like it was magic! Good Luck with your Botany!