Saturday, May 4, 2013

Topic of the Week - Plants

Just FYI, we choose a topic every week for study for that week.  This week happened to be plants.  We have had great fun with this one.  I went onto our library web site and located some books and the specific location for them in the children's section of the library and off we go.

Our trip to the library was successful and we brought home tons of books both from the children's section as well as the adult section.  Since Jaeden is such a reader it really didn't matter.  Though he does get put off by pages without pictures and when they are typewritten so small.  He really likes to have pictures to go along with his reading still. We are working on visualization while reading, but for this subject I happened to agree, pictures were an absolute must.

Once home we began flipping through the books and I pulled a list of vocabulary words that he would need to understand, fortunately several of the books from the children's section already had some vocab for them in the beginning of each book.  That was a plus. Also, we began out second lapbook ever for this topic.  I had lots of cutouts that I got from Homeschool Helper Online

This is really good selection for children.  There are lots of printables and activities to choose from. Great from the Homeschool Helper.

Other information I retrieved on my search through the library was a wonderful video done by National Geographic on the National Parks, this one in particular was on the beautiful Yosemite National Park with geologist mountain climbers and told a wonderful story of the park and how it was created and is changing and how the changes affect the plant life in the park.

 by Mary Dodson


  by Gary Spahl         by Janet Slingerland

This has been a wonderful lapbook experience so far and since this is such a broad subject area and contains so many things that interact with the plants themselves, we will be continuing this lapbook process in the coming weeks.  First a break to prevent boredom with the subject matter.

here is a photo of his plant experiment.  He has tomatoes, sunflowers and bell peppers coming along.  Of course the sunflowers were the first to sprout.

 Above are the sunflowers at Day 4

Above are the tomatoes (pick in pot) and the peppers at Day 4

It is now day 7, let's see what they look like now.

Look up and see the tomatoes and peppers at day 7
look down and see the sunflowers at day 7 

Jaeden is amazed and when we spritz them with water, he stands there and says, "ok, little sunflowers, drink up, come on little tomatoes and peppers, take a little drink."  SO CUTE.

Til next time,

Genesis 1:11-12
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Be Blessed

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