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After a very long time absence from nature walk activities, we finally could make some observation in the city plantation park this week end and in the church garden two weeks ago. It was very lucky that the park had already been dry from the rain, so we didn't meet any puddle on the ground. All of the pictures bellow were taken by Ken and Tom. I just arranged them into scrapbook pages using Picture Collage Maker 3 .
We had leave observation in the church garden two weeks ago. We observed and clarify the leaves based on their shapes, arrangement, venation, and margin. We took pictures of some different kinds of leaves and clarify them based on the theory taken from Exploring Creation With Botany — Young Explorer Series (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries)). It is the time for kids to apply what they have got from the photography mini lessons. They enjoyed their time a lot. We put our observation into our unfinished lap booking. Here are some they did during the observation:
This activity was done in the city plantation park yesterday. The aim of this activity is to show that each tree as unique pattern of bark. It might be similar with the human finger print. Nothing is really the same. We took the idea from Exploring Creation With Botany — Young Explorer Series (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries)), page 134.
Materials: A piece of paper and uncovered crayon
- Lay the paper across a tree trunk.
- Using sideways uncovered crayon, rub the paper so that we can see the texture of the bark printed on the paper.
- The result can be documented as a notebooking page
Besides those activities, we also discus some differences between monocots and dicots. We also has some examples of angiosperms and gymnosperms.
By doing these activities, we have some reflection on:
- how wonderful God has created the world with all the creatures. God give details on plants in each part of them, including leaves and bark patterns.
- The plants give protection to many different kinds of insects. As we took pictures and did the bark rubbing, we found some insects living in the plants.
- All of the leaves are beautiful and unique in its shapes and arrangement.
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Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.