Flowers are great for teaching mathematics. Depending on the type of flower, you can talk about symmetry or sums. All apple blossoms have 5 petals, which make them great for talking about multiplication by 5’s.
Children love to plant gardens, and it is especially beneficial for them to do so. Unfortunately, plants can take an awful long time to grow and children are not known for their patience.
And I have learned the hard way that if you attempt to grow a garden with starter plants rather than seeds, the children might be tempted to dig them up and replant them frequently, which can cause root damage and undo stress to the plant.
In an effort to minimize the damage to our live plants, I created this pretend play garden for my children and their friends, and it has so far been a roaring success. (more…)
We tried to keep things simple with our flower lapbook, given that there was quite a bit of hands-on activitiesto learn from. Once again, we used part of a preschool pack to build our lapbook (preschool packs are surprisingly adaptable for this purpose).
Continuing on with flower theme week, here’s a couple sensory bins I created for the kids.
This first one is more of a gardening theme with dirt, plant pots, a shovel, and some black beans to act as “seeds” (I would have preferred flower bulbs but didn’t have any on hand and didn’t have time to run to Dollar Tree for some). Its simple but perfect for SunnyGirl’s age bracket, she spent a lot of time digging in here this past week. I envisioned this would be nice for pretend planting but instead the children were content to dig and make sculptures from dirt.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I just can’t imagine doing a flower theme week with the kids and not having some activities involving fresh flowers. This past week was flower week in the Homeschooler household and here are just a few of the things we did in our learning and playing process.