Homeschool Botany – Exploring Creation with Botany
Exploring Creation with Botany is a homeschool science course for elementary grades K-6 and part of our Young Explorer Series authored by Jeannie Fulbright. For over 11 years in a row, The Young Explorer Series has been voted the #1 homeschool science for elementary grades.
This hands-on and engaging botany course begins with a lesson on the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants. It then discusses the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant. As students study these topics, they also learn about many types of plants in creation and where they belong in the plant classification system.
This title is part of the Young Explorer Series, authored by Jeannie Fulbright.
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What Does Botany Cover?
There are 13 lessons included in this one-year botany course. A detailed daily lesson plan is included in the Notebooking Journals.
Lesson topics include:
- Botany: which covers seeds, taxonomy, phyla, vascular plants, nonvascular plants, moss, angiosperms, gymnosperms
- Seedless vascular plants
- Nonvascular Plants
- Nature Journaling
What Do I Need to Use This Homeschool Botany Course?
To complete this botany course, we recommend the hard-cover textbook and spiral Notebooking Journal (grades 4-6) or the Junior Notebooking Journal (grades K-3).
This botany course for elementary grades is packed with a variety of hands-on activities, experiments, and projects. These can be completed with household materials. You can view the complete list of lab supplies by viewing the sample here.
What Are Some of the Activities in This Botany Course?
The activities and projects use easy-to-find household items and truly make the lessons come alive!
A Sampling of the course projects include:
- Making a light hut in which to grow plants
- Dissection of a bean seed
- Growing seeds in plastic bags to watch the germination process
- Making a leaf skeleton
- Observing how plants grow towards light
- Measuring transpiration
- Forcing bulbs to grow out of season
- Forcing pine cones to open and close
What is the Daily Schedule for Botany?
We have provided a detailed daily schedule for botany in the front of each Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal. This schedule outlines what to read and what activities to complete, as it fits your family’s needs.
We recommend that you spend the entire school year covering this book, devoting approximately two sessions per week to the course.
Please note that many of the activities and projects in this book are long term with results that can take several days to observe. Thus, you will have to be flexible in how you schedule your time.
If you are a co-op leader or teacher, you might be interested in a “teacher’s guide” that has been written by Mrs. Fulbright to accompany this course. The guide is currently being offered only in e-book form, but you are free to print it out after you download it. To see a sample and table of contents for this guide click here.
Additional Information About Apologia’s Young Explorer Series:
New to Apologia’s Young Explorer Series for K-6 homeschool science? Visit the Young Explorer Series information page to learn more.
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