We have been working quite a bit on botany activities and loving it!
The activity sets are wonderful for the botany puzzles, because they isolate the individual parts of a plant, seed, and root. There are many amazing blog moms who have made their own puzzles with felt, foam, or card stock. The activity sets can also be made fairly easily. They are black line copies of the puzzles with part labels.
Ava LOVES the botany puzzles - for her they are purely fun!
Xander is using the parts of a leaf puzzle here,
and examining leaves we collected and dried in the fall.
This is an amazing file from Montessori for Everyone called Botany Impressionistic Charts.
This is a 45 page doc. It can be made into a book, or print pages as you need them. We decided to read them right from the laptop at your work space.
The pictures and detail are gorgeous, and the information is beautifully presented and easily understood.
Xander really enjoyed it! We focused mainly on root systems, and photosynthesis this time.
Miss Ava checked out all the leaves, and also worked on tree matching for .69 cents - another great activity from Montessori Print Shop!
Working on the parts of a tree puzzle:))
Comparing leaves with the parts of a leaf puzzle.
We did lots of leaf rubbings!!!
I made the Parts of a seed puzzle activity mat for this puzzle. I traced the puzzle in pencil, and then black lined and laminated the mat (trace the middle pieces working your way out).
I found our 3 parts cards for this puzzle here for FREE and they match perfectly ...LOVE it!!
We used the labels from our 3 parts cards to label the puzzle.
Ava really loved the seed puzzle!
This is another of our favorites from the Cat in the Hat series all about seeds!!!
I created a nomenclature book from the 3 part cards, and information I found online here.
This Bean Seed nomenclature book came from Montessori Print Shop.
Comparing parts from the puzzle to his book.
The Giving Tree with CD
I have lots of work coming up on trees - there is another post to come!!
Above are a few gardening and plant identification books from my collection. We have since added some fantastic kids gardening books that I will share below.
Parts of a root - I don't have the parts of a root puzzle (may still get one), so I did this quick drawing on the computer - printed and laminated for Xander to label. Again we used our root 3 part cards (free) to label it and check work. These cards are from here and the nomenclature book again is from here.
Planting the seeds...
Xander photographs the growth and changes daily...so sweet. He has a drawing he made with check boxes, to check off each stage of growth.
They planted radishes, onions and carrot. Radishes are so fantastic because they germinate in just a few days!!
This is another great book to make from Montessori for Everyone!! This book is a FREE download and is so beautiful! I have seen this floating around many blogs and for good reason!
These nomenclature books are all from Montessori Print Shop - they are wonderful and match our puzzles perfectly. This is how I made them.
The cards above are part of a Garden Preschool Pack you can get for free here (scroll down the page).
I printed this pack for Ava, and have most of the activities in it waiting for her as she is ready. Below she is using the garden 3 part cards, and Xander is using the sentence and photo sequencing set above - they go with a book but we are using them simply for reading and sequencing for right now.
Living Montessori Now has a great post with some great Botany ideas for a Gardening Unit, and free resource links here!!
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