Learning about Flowers

Monday, January 16, 2012

Learning about Flowers
I reused our dining table flowers and pulled out a flower themed activity last week.

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I made him dissect the flowers and I was so happy to see him in awe discovering what the flower is made up.  Using the Flower Nomenclature cards, we first identified the parts using the real flower that we have.  For me, it would be easier for him to grasp the concept if we use real flowers instead of just playing around with the printables.

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I talked about the parts as we took each card, and the role it plays in the whole plant system.  When we’re done exploring the parts and telling stories about them, we played the matching game using the nomenclature cards.  I am pretty amazed how he can easily match the labels even if he doesn’t know how to read them yet.

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Then we did flower painting activities.  It’s been a long time since we had a painting activity and I was glad that he was more interested with it this time.  The moment I placed the paints in front of him, he knows exactly what to paint... clouds and trees!

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I later asked him if he could paint some flowers.  He asked me to show him how to do it which I did.  A moment later, I came back to check on his work and saw this painting of a red flower.  I was speechless!  He hasn’t done any painting activity before and he came up with this!

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With this I am so inspired to teach him more... more ideas on what to paint.

We will be doing more plants and flowers activity in the next few days and I hope it’ll be as fun and enjoyable as this.

Linking this to:

linkandlearn-150x150 Montessori Monday

10 comments:

  1. What a great way to learn and play with flowers! Dissecting flowers is a favorite activity for my daughter when we play outside. Well, that is when we actually have flowers growing outside.

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  2. These are fabulous ways to learn about flowers! I love the painting! This is such a great idea--I'd like to invite you to share it on the linky party at http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2012/01/teach-me-tuesday-1-17-12.html -- I hope to see you there!

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  3. wow looks like you've got a budding artist. very cool.

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  4. I really love reading your posts! I learn so much about Montessori from your posts and pictures. I am amazed at what your son is learning! I taught third grade for 7 years and every year I taught a plant unit in the spring. As part of the unit had my students dissect flowers and learn basic parts of the flower, but I never got into the vocabulary building as much as you are with your son. It's really amazing how much little ones can learn when they are in a Montessori environment.

    Lisa
    Criss-Cross Applesauce

    P.S. I found a link to your older blog and started peeking around to get some ideas for my tot! Love that blog too!!

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    1. Thank you Liza. And thank you for taking the time to see my older blog :) I love journalizing my son's learning process.

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  5. Your plant and flower posts are awesome, Jae! I love the way you combined dissecting a flower with the cards! I featured your plant posts and your dissecting-a-flower photo in my Montessori-Inspired Gardening Unit at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/05/29/montessori-inspired-gardening-unit/

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  6. Thank you everyone for liking what we do :)

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  7. can you post you cards to take print outs?

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    1. Hi! I got the printouts from Montessori Print Shop. Thank you!

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