Monday, August 16, 2010



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I read a great post at Mama Smiles about botany for young kids. We have an interesting plant growing in our garden in a dirt pile. Interestingly, it gets no water in the summer, and we also completely cut it in the spring when we were replacing siding on the house – still it managed to bounce back and grow even bigger than it was before. I am very weak in botany, so maybe someone can identify this plant for me. Aug12_Flowers1I am thinking it is a species of gladiolus, but I am not entirely sure. Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to look at its flowers up close.  Smarty was pretty excited, since the flowers are taller than she is and therefore relatively safe from “unprompted exploration”, also known as random picking. She immediately observed that the flower is very sensitive and petals separate very easily. Then she ran to Aug12_Flowers2get her  magnifying glass. After 10 minutes of searching for it throughout the house, we finally found it in her sandbox. Smarty was not interested in looking at all parts of the flower, she was only focusing on petals telling me how she can see the patterns on the petals and how the color changed when she was “squeezing it tight”. It almost looked like this sensitive petal got bruises from her eager fingers.  Aug12_Flowers3She also explored one of dry flowers and we discussed the difference between “dead petals” and “living petals” and also how water gets into petals. She insisted that we need to take turns looking through a magnifying glass – she really enjoys having my full attention and participation during those mini science lessons. But very soon she was getting other ideas - focusing on the dirt pile and investigating how much dirt can every petal hold. This girl and dirt seems to have natural attraction for each other.
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8 comments:

Christy said...

I have been meaning to examine some of our plants and flowers more closely with the kids too.

There is a lot of random picking in our yard too.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Ah, yes, kids and dirt go together like chili and rice, don't they? She made some great observations about flowers! I think my girls would enjoy this too!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Once the magnifying glasses come out, I can never keep the children's attention focused on one thing for long - there are so many things to explore. It sound like Anna made some good observations, though.

Ticia said...

I had to set aside special plants for random picking.

Maybe next time they explore on their own I should try getting them to actually examine them.

Debbie said...

What fun for Anna! I wish I could tell you what type flower that is, but I am not sure.

littlewondersdays said...

It looks like a canna lily. They are very hardy in warmer climates and come in a variety of colors. They grow from a rhizome and they attract hummingbirds. Nature is amazing in the way it strives to survive!

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love the term "unprompted exploration". :)

I have no idea what kind of plant it is. I am not one with a green thumb!

MaryAnne said...

I also love the term "unprompted exploration"! It sounds like Anna made some great observations about flower petals!

I have no idea what kind of flower that is, but it's beautiful. I don't know what the flower we used is, either. Maybe I should get a book on identifying flowers...