Plant Study module
We introduced plant study to my elder daughter at the age of 2.5 years of age. And we have returned to it every January, consecutively for 3 years now, each time learning a little more, increasing depth and width of exploration with every iteration.
Other than nature observation, reading books became our window to what we cannot see most obviously- root systems, what happens inside a seed, what trees from long ago looked like, how different species adapt to different climes; and books have become our go to- to base our explorations around.
A couple of explorations we go back to year after year at the start of this themed study are nature flat lays and color palettes:
1. Collect fallen branches, leaves, flowers and feathers and rocks. Brainstorm with your child to build a flat lay of any idea that inspires you or any theme that you want to drive home by means of real-life learning
2. Create color palettes of nature’s elements around you. Carry a color disc (template in our curriculum) and draw or collect stones, bark, leaves, flowers and insects that represent the season or ecosystem around you.
Following nature observations is nature inspired art– and there are no limits to what you can create. Have a look at some creations we made with sticks, flowers and leaves!
Then we read. Our go-to book and all-time favorite is The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.
The Tiny seed is indeed about the smallest seed in the lot, that is blown across landscapes and ecosystems- every time its size offering it some advantage as opposed to what we may have first set out to think. Exploring seasons and varied climes along the way, it finally settles, survives and though a little late, it thrives! A beautiful, giant of a flower blooms and sets out seeds- off they go on their journey again and the cycle continues.
Our plant study follows this beautiful journey – from seed to blooms; along the way we learn about seeds, make some seed bombs to germinate in our backyard, build a dispersal themed board game, study seasons, and how they influence germination, conduct experiments to observe germinating seeds and then look deeper at roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and fruits- and finally we work through a survival map to see who does indeed, survive?
From Seed to Blooms- appropriate for ages 4 to 6 years and above: based on the book The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle