According to Noah, plants are his favorite things in the entire world. So you can imagine how excited we were to start the Plant / Gardening co-op with SLC this week - a four-class series led by two friends who are experts in this area.
The first class in the series focused on parts of the plant and their function. After becoming botanists for the day, the kids learned about how plants make their own food through photosynthesis using water, sunlight and air. Then, they got to observe real, live plants right down to the root and document their findings through drawing and writing.
They then prepared bean seeds for germination and will be observing them throughout the week. Take-home materials included a vocabulary list, photosynthesis worksheet and a log for documenting the growth of their bean sprout.
At home, we continued our studies with time in the garden, one of our favorite books (Oh Say Can You Seed from the Dr. Seuss Learning Library) and some online time watching time-lapse germination and videos on phytosynthesis and other plant-related topics at NeoK12. Thanks to one of their videos, Noah is now obsessed with adding a Venus Fly Trap to his ever-expanding garden.