Botany studies in the primary classes begin with a look at the life cycle of plants and presentations which explore the importance of plants to human life. Students are encouraged to look at the many ways that plants provide for our fundamental needs. They do this with a variety of independent research projects. Botany studies continue with presentations of nomenclature and impressionistic charts which detail the basic needs of plants, their parts, and the functions of these parts. Children study roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. They learn all about the plant kingdom, including interesting, weird and wonderful concepts, such as; plant reproduction, pollination, phyllotaxis, photosynthesis, monocotyledons, dicotyledons, succulent and dehiscent fruits, seeds and the means by which they travel, and alternate means of regenerating. They learn about the system of scientific classification with materials such as the five Kingdoms Chart and the Plants Classification Chart.
All Botany studies are supported by experiments and exploration in the outside environment that illustrate how the plant meets its needs, how plant systems function and the importance of plants to the ecosystem. Children are actively involved in growing, caring for, and observing plants in the environment. Botany work also parallels studies in geography, history and zoology. It is our goal that the children understand the interdependence of all life forms and the role humans must assume to protect and preserve life on Earth.
The children love going out and exploring our environment. They look for different kinds of leaves, stems and flowers.