I’ve finally finished a BETA version of Otter’s Botany and posted the download.
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!
I decided to study botany with my son as a sort of pre-biology course. I want Otter to understand the science behind plants as well as to take the time to appreciate the myriad contributions they make to our lives!
My main goals for this course are:
- 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 Otter’s observation skills, nurture an interest in the natural world and have time to reflect 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 him reproduce on paper what he observes
- 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)
I’ve scheduled many different materials for this year. Otter’s Botany is full of hands-on labs, experiments, notebooking, drawing and art exercises, interactive websites, videos and more.