Thu 14 Jun 2012
I would love for everyone to come with me on a journey as my young one’s and I explore the world of Botany. For the next six weeks, once a week, we will be taking an adventure into God’s creation. We will be using the world around us and the book, “Exploring Creation with Botany,” by Jeannie Fulbright.
From the very beginning this book snagged my interest. In the introduction Jeannie talks about the, “Immersion Approach,” to teaching.
Immersion Approach – if you immerse your student in one field of science for an entire year, he will develop a love for both that subject and a love for learning in general. A child taught with this approach learns to love knowledge and develop confidence.
Spiral Approach – a student is exposed to minute amounts of a variety of science topics.
Before having kids I might have thought that the spiral approach would have been a good idea, that young children couldn’t handle being fully immersed into a subject. Now, I know differently, watching my kids grow and learn and seeing how their minds are such amazing sponges. Their ability to remember and recall is fascinating. I know that the immersion approach is not only something they can handle, I believe they will delight in it.
I can see why public school systems use the spiral approach and in my opinion its not for the students; it is for the educators. Educators have 30+ young minds in one classroom, how can one educator have the time to fully immerse each child? I believe that God designed the family as the learning unit. On a daily basis I have the opportunity to immerse my children in everything that I do. They help me clean, cook, pull weeds, take care of animals, garden, etc; all by my side. They get the chance to plant multiple varieties of seeds in a garden and help me maintain it until harvest. No public educator has that opportunity. Show your children your love for learning and doing each days activities. Immerse yourself and them in it and they will come to love it too.
We will be covering lesson 1 in our six week journey into God’s creation. Jeannie begins this journey by explaining the field of botany. She does it in a way that children can see that they have already been studying botany (do your children bring you pretty flowers?) and that they are so many more exciting plants to see and learn about. I love how Jeannie makes them feel like they are already scientists exploring, that the children get to do experiments and keep journals (notebooking) with illustrations just like real scientists do.
On the note of notebooking, I had the pleasure of hearing Jeannie speak a few months back on notebooking. Here are some of my notes and what I learned.
She was very inspiring and convinced me that notebooking was a great learning tool for not only my kiddos, but for me too. Plus, I think it is something that your children can look back on when they are older; with their picture yearbooks and reminisce about. The next picture is some ways that she explained how to use notebooking not only with science but any subject.
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation; seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” and it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that is was good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.
I was overjoyed with the fact that I found a science curriculum that incorporates God. Jeannie wrote it well this way, “As we study nature and all that God created with such amazing and complex design, we become even more amazed about God.”
So, won’t you join us in grabbing your backpacks and magnifying glasses as we go explore God’s creation today…
Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.
The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.