Apologia Botany - Lesson 3 - Flowers

Thursday, January 29, 2015

We are having so much fun in Botany! This week we studied flowers. I am learning so much right alongside Silas. My grandpa was a master gardener, but we moved before I had a chance to learn anything from him. He had a beautiful garden full of fruits and veggies. My grandma used to try to feed him lunch, but he was always full. He would just pluck a carrot or two out of the ground and wash them off. I have tried here and there to garden, but would really love to know how. I have met folks that are experts. I really admire them. Someday. Gardening is on my list of hobsessions I would like to master. There is something about knowing how to name what is growing around you and to know how your food grew that is so good for one's soul.

I bought a fresh bouquet of flowers. Silas just recently got a new hand held microscope. The flowers were really fun to see up close.

It took a while for these to open up. I learned that if you put them in warm water that they will open quicker. Learn something new every day!

 I tried to get several different kinds of flowers.

 We used these for a flower preservation activity. Silas poured the borax in.

 We either needed a smaller box or more Borax. I will let you know how these turned out later. It is supposed to take 2 weeks, and the flowers will be dried but still have their color.

 One of our activities was to discect a flower. Our lilies hadn't opened yet, so we used these.
 Silas pulled off the petals...

 ...until we could see the male and female parts of the flower.

 After a few days, our lilies opened up.

These are the best for finding the stamen and carpel.

We learned about composite flowers. I didn't know a daisy's center was a collection of a ton of tiny flowers! God's creation is amazing :)

Silas made a clay model of a flower.

 We also learned about Carnivorous plants. Silas has been wanting a Venus Fly Trap for years. I recently bought a growing kit, but it didn't grow. A sweet friend of ours was making a trip to the science museum and offered to pick one up for us. These are amazing! Some of them are closed because we touched them.

 Here are a few of our Notebook Journal's pages for the week. Next week we learn about pollination!

Apologia Botany - Lesson 2 - Seeds

Friday, January 23, 2015

Welcome to Apologia Botany Lesson 2! This week we studied seeds! We are having so much fun learning how plant life grows. I am learning a few things myself. I'm hoping to plant more when the spring comes :)

Our first activity was to examine a bean seed. First we soaked them in warm water.

This is what they looked like after an hour.

The testa, or outer covering of the seed shriveled.

After soaking we were able to look inside our seed.

We could better see the seed parts inside.

Silas labeled a seed.

I checked out books at the library about seeds. Glenna's Seeds is an especially sweet book.

Here are our science supplies for the week. It sure helps to have them ready!

We read about what seeds need to grow. We put one set of seeds in a dark closet and one in the refrigerator.

The last seed we taped to a sunny window.

The seed in the refrigerator didn't grow at all. It had water, but no warmth or sun.

The second seed that was in the closet did grow some. It had water and warmth, but no light.

The last seed had water, warmth and sun. This one of course grew the best!

We charted our seed's growth.

I'm thankful to have the notebook journal to work with. After printing many of our notebooking pages for the year, the last thing I want to do is print anything! Silas filled out info on seed parts in his notebook.

Hooray! Our seeds are growing in our light hut! This is lemon balm.

Our basil is growing as well. I started seeing tiny signs of life in the chamomile. By next week we should have a better picture of that one.

Silas had to design a seed and a seed coat. This kid loves fried chicken (a major treat he doesn't get often, but it is his favorite.) His seed is a Fried Chicken Plant seed. Sigh. I try to eat as much plant based food as possible, but I don't think this kid is going to be a vegan. See you next time!

Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 21 in Review

Welcome to week 21 of HOD RtR! This week we read about Babur, Henry VIII and his wives, Sir Thomas More, and Titian. School weeks have been going by so quickly these days. I'm thankful for good weeks. Some are easier than others and we have had some great ones lately.

We read about the Taj Mahal this week. Our history project was to draw a building with towers, turrets and domes. 

This turned out really well!

I love when I see our homeschool studies inspiring other work. Aedan loves to draw, and I found this on the table. He had incorporated what he learned about architecture to an imaginary world he often draws and writes about.

Aedan researched Delhi, India. He added his timeline entries: Babur Conquers Delhi, Henry VIII - King of England, and Sir Thomas More is Beheaded.

Aedan's written narration was about Titian. He painted a portrait of someone who was 40 years older than she appeared in the painting. That is what Aedan is representing here :)

Aedan filled in information about Henry VIII, mapped London, England and labeled a portrait of Sir Thomas More.

We read about the misfortune of many of Henry VIII's wives.

Aedan completed his reading of Taming of the Shrew and studied Emily Dickinson's poem "The Wind's Visit."

 We learned about the earth's plates and how they move. We did an "earth dance." LOL. Try doing this with boys!

 We showed how plates move together and form mountains.

This isn't included in the plans, but I found it on Pinterest.

 We used this to show how the plates once fit together.

 As we pulled it apart the continents got farther...

 ...and farther apart.

 This is our science notebook page for the week. That's all for now. I can't believe there are only 14 weeks left of school! See you next week :)
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