At MOM, we like to expand on our cultural curriculum as much as possible, so in a three-year rotation, we devote a whole year to one of the three subjects in our cultural curriculum: botany, zoology, and continents of the world. This year, we focused on botany.

We started with a general classification of Living/Non-Living and explored the characteristics of living/non-living things.

Next, we talked about the basic needs of living things, and learned that plants need air, water, sun, and soil to live. Our Basic Needs Deprivation experiment proved that plants need to have all four to thrive.
For the rest of the year, we spent a whole month taking a closer look at each part of the plant. And what better way to start our botanical journey than germinate a seed and plant it in our own garden! The fava bean we planted in September has grown into a very healthy plant and is soon going to be ready to harvest!
Next, we looked at roots, and had great fun identifying the parts of the root as we were pulling weeds in our planter boxes.

We learned about stems and used a fun experiment to show how they transfer water and nutrients from the roots to the rest of the plant.

Next: leaves. Our botany cabinet served as a great resource to match real leaves to the various leaf shapes and learn their names.
The older children enjoyed making books of the parts of the leaves, and writing a leaf exploration report of their favorite leaf they picked from a collection of leaves from teacher Caroline’s very own garden.
Needless to say, one of the most popular was the “pink, frilly” leaf.
There was even a very large leaf that made a rather fancy hat!
After leaves, we moved on to flowers. We matched real flowers to pictures, learned about the parts of the flower, and our afternooners even dissected a flower and labeled each part.
And of course, we had to learn about Georgia O’Keeffe and get inspired by her beautiful flower paintings.
Finally, we arrived at our last botany unit, fruits. Fruits come from flowers, and contain seeds. It is sometimes hard to tell what is a fruit and what is a vegetable, but we figured out a good way of finding out! Simply cut the fruit/vegetable open, and see if has seeds inside (or outside, like strawberries) and you’ll have your answer!
We had so much fun learning about botany and experiencing every part of the plant through all our senses!

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