This month learn how to use wildflowers to teach geometry and cultural mythology!
Fractals are geometric patterns that recur over and over again at smaller and smaller scale. They are found naturally, such as the way a tree branches, or mathematically using computer animation. If you look closely at the yellow center a the oxeye daisy, you will see a spiral fractal similar to sunflowers.
For some, dandelions represent
three celestial bodies:
sun - the yellow flower
moon - the puff ball of seeds
stars - the dispersing seeds.
Did you know that the longest migrating insect is actually the globe skimmer dragonfly? They fly from India to Africa and back again using the monsoon rains. Suggests topics you can relate this to: migration, weather patterns and geography.
Vegetable arches can be used to create a special hiding place for your children and grow yummy vegetables at the same time! You just need some flexible PVC type tubing, some netting, vine growing plants such as cucumbers, squash and beans and a place to plant those plants. Of course you can always use vine growing flowers as well.
Interweave the netting through the piping and then place the piping either in the ground or planter boxes. If you need extra stability you can use some straight sticks or rebars placed inside the tubing and then stuck in the dirt.
As a learning extension you can have your children research the benefits of using arches in architecture. There are many cultures across time that have used arches so you can have them chose a culture to research as well. Heck, depending on the age of your child, you could have them research the business origins of the other well known golden arches.
Kids and ants go well together so have them do a science experiment, the kids that is, to figure out what type of food the ants like best. Even if you only have a sidewalk your kids can enjoy observing the ants and even learn something in the process!
You do not need to have a lot of nature near you to experience the joy of observing it!
Using nature as a learning tool can be quite easy even if you do not have access to much outdoors. Make some vocabulary cards, sit outside on a stoop or even at you open window. Have your child read the word and then find the object - such as in "I spy". The natural benefits are still there and you are both increasing your observation skills!