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07 April 2010
Children and Nature Awareness Month Challenge: Day 3
Taking the Children and Nature Awareness Month Challenge has really encouraged me to do more outside. Why be inside, if I can be outside? My husband put together our new picnic table just in time. Since its arrival (8 hours ago): meals eaten outside-100%, days of school done outside-100%. What else can we do outside? I can't wait to see what we come up with!
We started our plant unit today by looking at flowers. We were able to see almost the whole life cycle of a flower in our lemon tree: bud, blossom, and the very beginnings of fruit.
The Reason for a Flower (Ruth Heller's World of Nature) is a wondeful book to explain the science behind flowers to children. It's simple enough to make the concepts clear, but includes scientific vocabulary such as anther, stigma and angiosperm. The illustrations are beautiful and will get the attention of even young listeners.