Here are the steps I took to help my child learn about the parts of a flower:
- Start with a book: Introduce any life science work, especially a new one, with a book that will hook the child. My Montessori instructor introduced me to Susan Jeffers' Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, a fabulous book to introduce children to our connection to the earth.
- Examine a real flower by touching, smelling and then dissecting it
- Know the terms for the parts of a flower and repeat these parts to your child
- Allow your child time to color the parts of a flower Botany Puzzles (I traced the parts of a flower puzzle but there are free printables online)
- Press a flower for safe shelf keeping and further observation. In my Montessori program, I was taught to simply flattened a flower onto a piece of construction paper and covered it with contact paper. You could laminate it too.
- Flower transfer (with flowers that had fallen to the ground in our yard) with tongs for Practical Life
- Work with the Parts of the Flower botany puzzle for Sensorial
- Using the same flowers in our tonging exercise to work on seriation exercises in Math, matching 4 flowers to a card with the number 4
- Explore Culture and Geography by looking at flowers from around the world. I am in the process of making these cards to do a matching with our world map
- Language is always integrated into the learning. I printed and laminate nomenclature cards for Parts of the Flower (you can download them for free on The Helpful Garden's website) and for types of flowers .
- Art: My older son in particular loves to paint. I am excited to introduce a few artists to him in the next few weeks. We planted a sunflower seed a few weeks ago that is now sprouting so I think Van Gogh's sunflowers will be a great fit for an art project.
The recommended sequence is:
- Parts of a Plant
So for Parts of a Flower, the sequence might be:
- Group presentation with concrete material (real flowers or replicas)
- Individual presentation with concrete materials (real or replicas)
- Nomenclature cards
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