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  1. Hello, I am putting together a class for my 9th grader (and some others) for next year to cover the core and standards of WA ELA. I am doing this though from a science perspective so that my student will in fact learn and engage with the course. I am combining Botany and Mythology together to meet said standards required. I am looking for suggestions or resources that are not costly that will help with this process. I have a microscope and a Intro to botany book on its way. The two areas separately are easy enough to teach, but putting them together is where I am having some questions. Any help appreciated. Thanks!
  2. I thought I would post what we have been doing for our unit on Botany. There has been a lot of discussion lately on Quark Chronicles and how it fits into a science program, so I thought this might be useful for others. Quark Chronicles:Botany was the inspiration for this unit as I knew my ds would love it; everything else was added to accompany it. I think this would work for about grades 2-4. Note that guesthollow has a great botany resource for higher levels. We read Quark Chronicles:Botany every night as a read aloud. As we go through Quark, ds points out words with which he is unfamiliar. I jot them down and he does a vocabulary page on the words during school time. We started TOPS Science: Radishes the day after we started Quark. It is a hands-on unit where you grow radishes in various conditions and track the progress of the seeds to plants. It needs to be done every weekday for a month for it to work successfully. It has been invaluable for our unit study. We use Real Science Odyssey:Life (the sections on plants and cells) to enhance ds' retention of the concepts. It has pages on labelling flowers and seeds, learning about monocots vs dicots, etc. Most of the curriculum is on the body and animals, so I wouldn't buy it just for botany, but I do plan to use it with the next two Quark books on zoology and anatomy. We have added a few experiments from Looking at Plants (by David Suzuki) because ds is having so much fun sprouting seeds. You can download it as a pdf. We have a subscription to BrainPop and ds watches all of the related vidoes. We also watched the Eyewitness movies Plant, Tree and Life. We are planning to watch the Bill Nye videos on Biodiversity, Cells, Forests, Plants, Flowers, and Farming. When we have finished TOPS we are going to do level 1 of Ellen McHenry's Botany in 8. This is probably too much for lower elementary, but if your dc are really enthused about botany it could be worth a look. You can check out her site for free printouts and see if they are the right level. Here are the picture books and reference books we are reading to go along with our unit (none of these titles are necessary, they are based on what we had available): - Shanleya's Quest (and the card game) - Let's Read and Find Out: What's Alive; Be a Friend to Trees, How Do Apples Grow, From Seed to Pumpkin, Why Do Leaves Change Colour; A Tree is a Plant; How a Seed Grows - Usborne beginners: How Flowers Grow; Trees - Living Sunlight (M Bang) - Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas - Tree of Life: The Incredible Diversity of Life on Earth - The Vegetables We Eat (Gail Gibbons) - Hungry Plants (M Batten) - No Monkeys, No Chocolate (M Stewart) - The Woods Scientist (S Swinburne) - The Tree Book For Kids and Their Grownups - The One Small Square series - Look What I Did With a Leaf (M Sohi) - Basher Science: Biology - Rookie Read About Science: Ferns - What is a Living Thing (B Kalman) - Eyewitness: Tree - Nature Anatomy (J Rothman) - Smithsonian Natural History - local plant guides We also read the following picture books for fun (these are more fiction-based): - Barbara Bash's Tree Tales: Ancient Ones, Desert Giant, Tree of Life, In the Heart of the Village - Tree Song (H Stewart) - Planting a Rainbow (L Ehlert) - The Dandelion Seed (J Anthony) - Holly Bloom's Garden - Apple Picking Time - The Curious Garden
  3. http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/extinct-tree-resurrected-ancient-seeds-now-dad-002838
  4. I made the game for my own homeschool and found the flashcards online for FREE. Apologia's Exploring Creation with Botany FREE Jeopardy Game & FREE flashcard link. You can play the Jeopardy Game online, or use the questions with your personal Jeopardy Game Board. http://www.highlanddove.org/apologia-botany-jeopardy-game/
  5. Putting together a self-study botany course for an eleventh grader who has a great biology and entomology background, but needs a lower key lab science this year due to time constraints. Thoughts about supplementing an online Master Gardener course?
  6. My 4yo DS (turning 5 in November) will be attending a Montessori preschool 5 half-days a week in the fall. I'm planning to let the school handle reading and math progression (except playing RS Math Card Games and doing some AAS), but I'd like to afterschool history, art/music, and science. I pretty much have a good idea of what I want to do with history (SotW) and art (Drawing with Children), but I'm having trouble with planning something for science. I very much like the idea of following WTM's science progression and studying biology, anatomy, and botany this year, but it feels like the first year science ideas are a bit simplistic. My DS would definitely not go for just reading about animals and coloring pictures for half a year. (He shares his mother's disinterest in animals in general.) So I've been looking at a few options. In order of preference: BSFU: I like the depth I perceive in this curriculum--that it uses actual science terms and doesn't dumb things down for kids too much. The Socratic method and lack of worksheets are fun. It seems like it might be a good level for DS, but I don't like the spirally nature of it. DS and I are both systematizers, so the idea of studying one area at a time from beginning to end really appeals to me. It's not that I mind the cross-connections; it's just not what I want to emphasize. Is it possible to rearrange this curriculum to follow only one strand at a time? I've seen the charts that show which lessons depend on what, but how dependent are they really? Could I teach the Life Science strand this year without covering anything else? Or should I really just suck it up and go spirally? I'm also concerned about the prep time involved. I've read online that people feel like this curriculum involves too much work on the parental part. Am I going to find this overwhelming? Thoughts? RS4K: I like how systematic this curriculum is, but it seems a bit simplistic. Is it? Could I skip the elementary level and go straight to the middle school curriculum, assuming I help out with writing things? Or is there too much math that needs to be mastered first? And of course, this curriculum is short. Only 10 lessons? What can you do to stretch that out to fill a whole year? Any suggested supplements? Any experience starting with Biology instead of Chemistry? Winging it: I have enough science background that I could wing it from living books. The organization for anatomy/human body section seems straightforward, but I'm having some trouble with how to deal with the biology/zoology/botany part. The systematizer in me would love to use some simplified form of classification, probably deemphasizing microscopic creatures but still covering them, maybe starting with a short section on what a cell is. Any good resources at an upper elementary level on classification? On the other hand, I find the idea of organizing by different biomes very appealing: I could use the documentary "Planet Earth" as a spine, watch an episode and then talk about the plant and animal life in each biome for a few weeks. Anyone else done it this way? On the third hand, I love the idea of doing a nature studies approach for this year and focusing on our local wildlife and plants here in the Pacific Northwest. However, I feel less confident about this approach since my identification of plants is limited to tulips versus roses, and like I said, not a big animal fan. Maybe I would do a systematic study for 20 weeks in the fall, and do nature study for 10 weeks in the spring. What are some good, unintimidating nature study resources for a beginner? Sorry for so many questions in one post. I just see a lot of different ways to go and am having difficulty choosing between them. Feel free to suggest other curriculums as these are the main ones I've looked at. More info about DS's abilities if that's helpful: began reading at age 2, fluent reader at 3rd grade level currently, has the stamina to read about one section of SotW by himself at a time. Writing is pretty much no go, but I'm hoping Montessori will help that. Mathwise, he loves addition and subtraction, thinks negative numbers are hilarious, and is trying to puzzle out multiplication, can do with powers of ten (ie 10x10=100, 10x100=1000, 10x7=70, etc). Very interested in facts, actively dislikes "fiction" right now, very fact hungry kid who keeps bringing me StoW for bedtime stories of his own volition, not particularly showing any science precocity. Not interested in coloring and crafty activities AT ALL (neither am I). More info about me: I have a chemistry minor (almost majored in it, but hit the wall in Physical Chem, so I went back to my true love, English) and love science. I feel totally confident teaching science at this level; I just don't want to assemble my own curriculum from scratch if I don't have to, especially since we have a new baby coming in about 10 days. :D Oh, and while I am religious, I prefer secular curriculum. I can provide my own personal religious views on the subject without messing up the evidence with them. Another plus for RS4K.
  7. We are doing the self-pollination project in Apologia Botany. I am not sure which plant to use for best results. The lily seems easy, but doesn't it reproduce from a bulb? Has anyone done this successfully? With what plant? Thanks!
  8. My son is 13 and it's getting VERY hard to find him extra-curriculars. I know my mom would has looked into taking a Master Gardener class for fun, I thought it might get him out and into something (and it would be a great way to ensure he does it, "Well, you need to go help Nana.") I just don't know if he's old enough. I had even thought of signing up myself, but then I'd run into child care issues for the other two, so probably not.
  9. My daughter wants to do a casual botany study this summer. I've come across plenty of study materials, but I'm also looking for some fiction or literary nonfiction to read along with the more technical books. I want this to be fun, but also useful to help her along when it's time to do "real" biology later on. She is not a science lover at all and is dreading biology. Oh, she is a rising 8th grader but reading high-school level books, which is why I put this here instead of on the K-8 board. Books about gardens, gardeners, botanists, botanical artists... fiction or nonfiction... just looking for some things to enhance her study. Oh, movies too! Thanks!
  10. I'm gathering up a list of art materials for the kid for a botany art project with plants. I'm using Smithsonian guides online. What I can't figure out is this. On most of the photographs of the studio, they are showing the sheets with portions of the plants taped down..but...what is the white thread that I'm seeing go across portions of it? Is that some sort of thread and they are actually sewing these to the plant boards? Page 6 here shows an example of the white threads in the photograph. http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/botany/smithsonian_siyc_spring2011.pdf
  11. I recently put together a botany study for my boys. If anyone is looking for resources for botany I have our entire study listed here.
  12. I recently put together a study of biomes and food chains for my boys using library books, internet resources, and DVDs. I listed it on my blog if anyone is interested in resources on that topic. I'll be adding ones for botany and zoology soon too. We love science!
  13. Wildflowers Around the Year by Hope Ryden It's got photos of at least 38 wildflowers in it, along with interesting factoids. It's done in the style of a coffee-table book, and the photos are incredible! (I never knew Queen Anne's Lace could look so pretty! :)) It is written from an evolutionary point of view, fyi, and I believe it includes flowers from at least the Eastern and Central US. (Not sure about the Western states.) I just like to share whenever I find a book that makes me go WOW! Mama Anna
  14. We are shifting gears with our 12th grade Aspie, again. (insert one incredibly HUGE sigh here!!) We tried regular homeschooling subjects when we started our yr (we are on our 9th week). It didn't work out at all. He is extremely intelligent, but he is mentally regressing (I don't know how to explain it) We had hoped to get him back into the school he attended in the spring, but that is not working out the way we had planned. It might be months before he is able to return. The only time he is ever content is when he is drawing (he is an accomplished artist) or when he is working outside doing yard work. So, we are thinking that we ought to pursue coursework that might enable him to work for a landscaping company, a green house, or (don't know if it is realistic for his future or not) maybe one day have his own landscaping business (that could combine both his art skills and his need for physical outdoor time.) I know nothing about ANY of these types of courses. (think engineer type school prep here!!) Can anyone recommend titles to consider? Or if you have other coursework suggestions, PLEASE offer those well!! Thanks!!
  15. I love them both. :lol: God's Design is exactly what I wanted: structure, review, biographies and projects without all the bells and whistles that others like Christian Kids Explore add in such as memory cards. All I can comment on is the World of Plants, it's just the right level for elementary, not too deep like I feel Apologia is but not too light either. Of course, Shanleya's Quest is a living book treasure...I'm so happy I decided to take a chance and get it. I'm sure it will be a favorite in our home.
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