Last week’s classification of dicots and monocots was the beginning of our botany unit.  I purchased REAL Science Odyssey: Life over the summer and we are working through the botany lessons in it, but I wasn’t completely satisfied with it. It’s just simpler than I hoped.  So, I purchased Exploring Creation With Botany. We just did the first half of Lesson 1 (each lesson is very long).  I got the Junior Notebooking Journal as well and Bear is loving it!  I debated getting it, but am very glad we did.  We’ve studied botany with a Montessori approach in previous years (leaves, seeds, trees) and Bear is ready for more depth.  Exploring Creation With Botany is exactly what I was looking for in terms of depth.

Of course, I will have out on the shelves our DIY felt parts of the flower puzzle

and the parts of the tree puzzle

and I have plans to make the parts of the seed puzzle

and the parts of the leaf puzzle (there is a file here for a flower, tree and leaf puzzle that you can print to use as a model – or just to use as a paper puzzle).

I am also looking at this 6-9 botany Montessori album.  It contains many ideas for activities and experiments to add to a plant study.  I’ll add those in to our Apologia Botany as they fit.

I’ll be adding more posts as we continue through Exploring Creation With Botany.