Homeschool Studies for Spring: Six Resources for Botany & Gardening

Spring is here! And if you’re like most homeschooling families, you’re looking for ways to get outside and take advantage of the warmer days. Here are six resources that will help you incorporate gardening and botany into your studies–and be encouraged along the way!

 

1.1 Article: “Four Ways to Cultivate Community at Home”

While your students focus on gardening and botany, you can cultivate an atmosphere of community in your family by trying these four suggestions from Kim Hyland at the God-sized Dreams blog.

www.godsizeddreams.com/four-ways-cultivate-community-home

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1.2 Botany Resources for the Entire Homeschool Family

This index has over 450 Botany resources divided into the categories of elementary school (K-8 and K-12), general botany, agriculture/sustainable agriculture, ecology, horticulture, introductory cell biology, and plant anatomy.

http://www.ou.edu/cas/botany-micro/bot-linx/subject/sub-clas.shtml

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1.3 Gardening and Botany for Preschoolers

Gardening can be an exciting adventure with your young students. You can use the activities on this page to introduce your children to the parts of a flower, how to identify plants from their seeds, the lifecycle of a pumpkin, herb gardening, apples, pollination, parts of a fruit, and parts of the seed.

http://carrotsareorange.com/botany

You can add to your preschoolers knowledge of gardening and botany with the recommended books on this website.

http://sugarspiceandglitter.com/12-books-about-botany-for-kids

This craft can solidify your preschooler’s understanding of the parts of a flower.

www.naturalbeachliving.com/2017/02/parts-of-a-flower-craft.html

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1.4 Lessons in Botany for Elementary and Middle School

This gardening unit study includes language arts, history, geography, science, visual arts, reading resources, as well as 10 gardening themed coloring pages.

www.inallyoudo.net/gardening-unit-study-prek-5

The Science Spot has lessons entitled Explore Zone, Nature Squares, Nature A to Z, Use Your Senses, Unnatural Nature Hunt, Name That Seed, Totally Trees, Techie Tree ID, Adopt-A-Tree, and the Tree Treasures Game that you can use in your homeschool. Each lesson has a link to a printable worksheet. There are also links to other botany related resources.

http://sciencespot.net/Pages/nclessons.html

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1.5 Botany Activities and Experiments

Creating a journal is a great way for students to document the lessons they learn. Your students can use the instructions on this page to create a plant journal. You will find reasons for creating a plant journal, the elements of a plant journal, a list of materials to use, resources on keeping a plant journal, as well as links to other blog posts on creating journals.

http://blogshewrote.org/2016/05/13/make-plant-journal

The science experiments on this page will encourage your students to learn about and explore the garden.

www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/kids-science-in-the-garden.html

While this experiment will take several months, the results will be dramatic and your students will learn about making compost from waste.

http://everybedofroses.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/compost-in-bottle-science-experiment.html?m=1

Soil erosion can be a big problem; this experiment will teach your students the necessity of preventing erosion as well as prevention methods.

www.lifeisagarden.co.za/soil-erosion-experiment/#.U3uAtVhdVmc

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1.6 Botany Courses of Study for High Schoolers

This blog post presents a method to enhance Apologia’s Biology course to create a more naturalistic approach to biology. There are affiliate links in this blog post; however, you can use the titles to locate these books at other sellers, used bookstores, or used curriculum sales.

https://hubpages.com/education/apologiabiology

Your high school student can take this self-guided master gardener course on the OSU website. This course is an excellent introduction to botany. However, it will not result in a master gardener certification. You must register to access the course materials, but the registration is free.

https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/free-basic-botany-course-master-gardener-series

Dicitonary.com says that a weed is “any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted,” but this article on weeds suggests they have their place in the garden.

www.care2.com/greenliving/weeds-that-are-good-for-your-garden.html

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Homeschool Studies for Spring: Six Resources for Botany & Gardening  Spring is here! And if you’re like most homeschooling families, you’re looking for ways to get outside and take advantage of the warmer days. Here are six resources that will help you incorporate gardening and botany into your studies--and be encouraged along the way!