Monday, May 23, 2011

P.O.P. Nature Study: Tulips

Carol has been discussing ancient civilizations with the children. She notes that the main text follows the Charlotte Mason method of focusing on the story and the "people" aspect of history. The children have used library books for pictures and other information to trace onto their timeline.

Which reminds me. My online colleague Ana Braga-Henebry reviews the best Picture Books of the Week. I keep abreast of her new discoveries on Google Reader. Go to your library and look for books such as these when teaching history to your children. I used this reading platform with my junior high level co-op history class this year and it worked wonderfully. Validated, yet again, what I wrote about whole-heartedly in A Picture Perfect Childhood. The children in my classroom were actively engaged by the books presented.

Speaking of Carol's ancient civilization discussion...Our library had this week's selection and it is now located in our living room to read this week:

The Secret Cave by Emily Arnold McCully

Carol has spent some time reading about the history of tulips from Comstock's Nature Handbook (see more below about tulips).

The neighbor frees the injured mother robin of her splint and she joins her mate and babies.

The children plant their growing sunflowers outside.

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Johnny jump-up (heart's-ease)---Viola tricolor

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Pansies are fun to draw because they have flat colorful faces.

 Tulips are easy to draw by silhouette.

Violets have heart-shaped leaves.

Which aspects of plants and flowers make them either easy or difficult to draw?

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