Guest Hollow's Botany - Homeschool Botany Curriculum

botany homeschool curriculum

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 (or post-biology!). Students will learn the science behind plants and to appreciate the myriad contributions plants make to our lives!

Kids who’ve HATED their other science curriculum(s) love the switch to Guest Hollow!

The goals for this homeschool botany 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 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)
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I've scheduled in a variety of fascinating books and resources to make this course informative, interesting and memorable! This year is full of hands-on labs, experiments, notebooking, drawing and art exercises, interactive websites, videos and more.

Botany curriculum books

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Question: What age is this botany curriculum for?

Answer: This curriculum is designed for a variety of ages from 6th grade through high school. Books and scheduled assignments are tailored to both age categories.

Most of the materials I scheduled in are appropriate for a variety of ages. I learned a lot from this study while creating it! This is a great science curriculum for a high schooler who isn't ready to take biology, or who loves plants, as well as a younger student in the middle school range (with a parent's help)! I've made sure to include book selections for both ages, with extras for high schoolers that take their learning to a higher / deeper level. Take a look at the scheduled books!

Note: You may also wish to assign a high school student home ec. credits, as there are many recipes in the schedule that will get him/her away from the desk and into the kitchen! For younger students, it’s assumed a parent will do the prep. and cooking with the student’s assistance and / or observation.

Question: Is this science curriculum Christian or secular?

Answer: I'm a Christian, but this curriculum is secular, because I couldn't find any Christian botany books for this age. Having said that though, this curriculum gives Christian parents a terrific opportunity to really observe God's creation closely! I also included some notes in the schedule about some of the reading assignments mention evolution, for those of you who are creationists. Be sure to preview items to make sure they are in line with your personal beliefs, as I may not have made a note of all mentions of evolution-related concepts.

Question: What are some additional ideas for the year?

Answer: I recommend spending a lot of time outdoors to reinforce what your children are learning this year. Try to get out for nature walks and really spend time with plants. This is also a great year to have a garden and get your kids involved in growing food for your family. If you don't have the space requirements for a garden, a small container of herbs or other goodies will do as well, even if they are just in a windowsill. We've learned so much as a family from our garden about plants. The hands-on experience is invaluable! Try to visit a farmer's market, and other similar venues!

Question: If I buy all of those books, I'll spend a fortune! How can I afford this?

Answer: Check out our article on how to use a literature-based curriculum without breaking the bank!

Question: Why is your curriculum so different from most science curricula with all of those books and videos instead of just a textbook?

Answer: When I design curricula, I design it to be something *I* would love to learn and base my choices off of 20+ years of teaching my own children! Most kids don't retain a lot of what they learn solely from textbooks. Why? Because textbooks are often boring and kids can't relate what they are learning to real life. I've scoured through hundreds of books to find interesting stories and entertaining resources that bring learning to life and help students better understand the world around them. Botany is a super-interesting subject. My curriculum makes it accessible to students of varying abilities, and learning styles.

I LOVE science. I've always wanted my kids to love science too, or to at least learn some practical things that using just a textbook isn't going to deliver. I've worked hard to create a science curriculum at a fraction of the cost with plenty of options that make it flexible, fascinating, and fun!

Question: What topics are covered in this botany curriculum?

Answer: Some of the topics students will learn:

  • Chocolate
  • Cooking with plants
  • Binomial nomenclature and classification of plants
  • Carl Linnaeus
  • Plant cells
  • Xylem & phloem
  • Stems
  • Roots and potatoes
  • Soil
  • Worms
  • Peanuts and George Washington Carver
  • Leaves
  • Plant reproduction
  • Seeds
  • Cones and flowers
  • Bees and pollen
  • Fruits
  • Photosynthesis
  • Moving materials through plants
  • Regulating plant development and growth
  • Plant genetics
  • Characteristics of plants in different environments
  • Mosses and Ferns
  • Fungi
  • Gymnosperms
  • Angiosperms
  • Plant ecology and biomes
  • Symbiosis
  • Trees
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant uses
  • Strange plants
  • Plant diseases
  • Facts, geography, and history about many different plants and flowers

Note: The last weeks of this curriculum are light. This will give you plenty of time to play catch-up, if you've gotten behind. It will also give you room to pursue "bunny trails" and explore in more depth whatever your student has shown interest in this year.

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