We’ve updated our botany curriculum. This is our biggest overhaul, yet! Not only did I update the schedule links, I also totally revamped it with new books, videos, recipes, activities, and more. The updated version is appropriate for 6th grade through high school, with lots of new books added in for older students, and new, better titles added for all ages.
Why study botany? I think botany is an overlooked topic that gets shoved into a chapter of biology and then forgotten. Plants affect and enrich so many parts of our lives! Our houses and clothes are made of plant materials. We eat plants. We enjoy their beauty. They provide us with medicines, fuel, perfume, dyes, paper and a variety of other products. They are tied to history and even our future. They are an integral part of our lives!
This course is for any student who has a love for nature and plants. It’s also perfect as a pre-biology course. Students will learn the science behind plants and to appreciate the myriad contributions plants make to our lives!
The goals for this course:
▪To understand many scientific concepts concerning plants
▪To understand and appreciate many practical applications of plants
▪To learn how to identify many different plants, flowers and trees
▪To learn some history and geography as it pertains to specific plants or plant discoveries
▪To be involved in the natural world on a more frequent basis
▪To hone observation skills, nurture an interest in the natural world and encourage reflection on beautiful and interesting things
▪To see the hand of our creator in nature (although almost all of this year’s resources are secular)
▪To keep a nature journal and learn some artistic skills that will help students reproduce their observations via drawings
▪To learn how to grow, cook, and use plants in a variety of ways
▪To learn about bees and worms as “side topics” (creatures that are beneficial to plants)
If you were using the free version, you can still access it. Here is the link to the archived version:
Check out our botany curriculum page for more info, a list of topics covered, a list of books & resources used, sample weeks, and more!
If you purchased a botany schedule in the past year, look in your email for a notice about how to get your FREE updated version. The new schedule also has login information for a password protected online version of the schedule. Feel free to contact me, if you need assistance accessing the new schedule!