I don't normally like to switch things around mid-year, but we made some science changes. I have loved that MFW ECC studies the biomes and animals of the world, but Silas wasn't connecting with the chosen science book. We studied animals and biomes last year, and I think we could both use a break. I thought it might be a good change of pace to do a botany study. The winters are long here, and I thought it would be fun to look forward to the coming spring learning about plant life.
Enter Apologia Exploring Creation with Botany :) I own all of the Apologia Elementary science books as I have picked them up cheaply at used curriculum sales. I wish I had given Apologia a chance earlier. When I first began researching homeschool science Apologia just looked like a textbook. It wasn't until Aedan used the land animals book in HOD CtC last year that I realized this was such a great series. He loved that book more than any science books we had done. I think the conversational style of writing really helped him to understand better what was being communicated.
The first thing we learned about was Taxonomy. As you can see everything is NOT awesome at our house as far as Legos are concerned. My boys put together sets a few times and they end up in our box of un-awesome. That's ok for us. They create some pretty awesome original creations!
We were supposed to do a shoe sorting activity dividing them into Kingdom, Phylum, Class and Order. I decided instead of dragging all our shoes out we would use Legos!
Kingdom Mini Figures
Next we learned about vascular plants and how leaves have a midrib.
Silas drew his leaf.
Next we learned about non-vascular plants.
We learned how non-vascular plants get water even though they don't have tubes to carry it.
In order to illustrate this we poured green water on the counter.
Silas looks really excited about this doesn't he? Ha! He actually thought this was pretty cool.
Non-Vascular plants absorb water like a paper towel would soak up a spill.
We also learned about Angiosperms (seed container plants like flowers) and Gymnosperms (uncovered seed plants like conifers) and Seedless Vascular plants (like ferns.)
Our project was to construct a Light Hut to grow plants in. We took a box and lined it with aluminum foil and added a light.
We planted basil, chamomile and lemon balm. This is where I hope you don't see my black thumb revealed.
Since I was starting this program mid-year I went ahead and splurged on a science kit. I have to say I'm pretty sure I will do this in the future if it is an option. I usually hunt around for supplies all summer. By the time I would have bought seeds, peat moss, light bulb, plug, box, etc. I would have already paid the price of this kit. Putting together all of science this week was a breeze because of this box of goodies. Thanks so much for checking in with us :) I hope to share our coming weeks in science. I hope we have some plants growing by next time!