Thursday, June 16, 2016

Botany For Kids

Children possess the natural gift of curiosity. Montessori principles encourage children to use their curiosity to continue to learn in an active manner. With the study of botany, highly trained instructors inspire children to learn about the various types of plant life surrounding them every day. The botany related learning activities can encompass a variety of subjects, including math and art.


The Study of a Simple Flower
From simple dandelions to long stem roses, children are drawn to the bright colors of flowers. Montessori instructors use flowers as part of the study of botany for kids. With the multiple colors, textures, and size, children love to inspect every part of a flower. The flower activities inspire children to connect with nature. Instructors will continuously build upon the basics to help demonstrate all the different aspects of botany.

Books
Books are a great resource to introduce the subject of botany. Beginning with an age appropriate book, instructors may read to peak children’s interest and promote further learning activities. The classroom bookshelf will have other flower or botany related books for children to pursue further on their own. Planting flowers can be part of the introduction to plant life. As the flowers grow, the learning opportunities will continue throughout the classroom. Students love to play in the dirt. Taking home a blooming flower provides a chance for parental interaction.

Examination
Montessori inspires children to learn with active, hands-on approach. Instructors allow each student a chance to examine real cut flowers. With careful selection, the flowers will be non-toxic and without thorns.
  • Students are given a chance to smell and touch the flower. By examining the flowers up close, children will interact with peers. Promoting language and social skills are another learning aspect in the activity.
  • Instructors may point out all the correct names of the various flower parts. The process increases vocabulary.
  • After the discussion, the flowers may be pressed and preserved. Allowing each student a chance to take a flower home.
Flowers and Art
With colors and textures, art inspires children. Integrating botany into art projects builds upon children’s desire to learn more about the flowers.
  • Students can trace various types of flowers. The noticeable differences will become part of their artwork.
  • Painting with the flowers aids in the promotion of fine motor skills. Students will learn how the petals, leaves and stems make different imprints on the paper.
  • Students can glue different types of materials into flower shapes.
Using the flowers up close in art, allows the student to further study the parts of the flower.


The Montessori Method's Cultural Activities incorporates botany and is part of the classroom experience.  If you are looking for an authentic Montessori preschool in the North Fremont area, please contact us to schedule a tour.

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