Montessori Elementary Homeschool Blog - with documentation of our infant Montessori, toddler Montessori, and primary Montessori experiences; as well as preparation for the upcoming adolescent Montessori homeschool years.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Botany Study at Co-Op

Our co-op finally got started on official dissections this week! Yay!

Before Easter, the children were using a rubbery/plasticy scalpel to dissect soaked beans. Since I only have the children once a week, I want to establish some ground rules and practice them a little bit at a time.

So this week, we pulled out the dissection kit and away we went.

First thing was just feeling the mat - what a sensorial experience all by itself!

We first reviewed what we already knew, just talking through things like dicotyledon and monocotyledon, how many leaves each one originally sprouts, how the plant grows. Then we looked the branch, stem, leaf with veins as an overview. We'll get into the details in the next couple of classes.

Photos of our work:
one sample of a dissection
follow-up drawing

the impressionistic chart of
plants expressing water

one girl's rendition of the chart

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