Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wildflower Unit Study

One of my goals for my children's homeschool education is to instill in them an ownership of their own education and inspire them to pursue their own interests. In January, I sat down with Miss A. and we talked about topics she was interested in studying for the coming year. Art is huge for her, but she also mentioned wanting to study flowers. So I decided to purchase Our Journey Westward's ebook, Wonderful Wildflowers, as the inspiration to get us started.

Thanks to a particularly long winter, we've been waiting patiently for wildflowers to bloom in our area. So you can imagine how excited we were when we finally spotted some today!

The bulk of this study will to revolve around experiencing nature, finding, identifying, drawing, and keeping a record of the flowers in a nature journal. We used our picture of the flower to identify it on the US Wildflower's Database of Wildflowers in Virginia and then she documented it with a picture and description in her notebook.

Because art is so important to Miss A., I try to incorporate it into as much of our curriculum as possible. She used Draw 50 Flowers, Trees, and Other Plants to help her draw some flowers and other plants, some which we will hopefully find in the future. She loved this book even though it was a little challenging for her. Click on this picture, if you would like to purchase your own copy and learn how to draw various flowers and plants including a cactus and a daffodil.

I look forward to seeing Miss A. add many more flowers to her notebook over the summer and possibly beyond! Subscribe to make sure you don't miss anything! We will be dissecting flowers, learning about pollination, and reading as many books as we can find about wildflowers.

Also, follow my Summer School Pinterest board to see all the nature, gardening, and other fun stuff we have planned!

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