Another homeschool year has started and me and the girls were thrilled to ‘get back’ into our curriculum. For the second year running we are using Exploring Nature With Children for our nature study / science curriculum. This curriculum warms my heart, I love how it brings us all together as a family.
I’ve been very busy planning this year and have the whole of the Autumn term ready to go (now we just have to hope that it goes to plan!) With seed week coming up, I thought I’d share some of my ideas along with some of our photos from seed week last year. Exploring nature is a total joy and if you are following ENWC too, I’d love to link up with you on Instagram here –> ADisneyKindaDay
For each week of the curriculum I’ve thought about questions to ask, a baking or cooking idea (often including foraging), a science experiment, activities for the week, a list of downloads or videos that may come in handy and art and music study ideas. So let’s get started with seed week!
What types of seed dispersal are there?
What is the biggest seed in the world? (Coco-de-mer)
Create a lunch of dinner based on ‘The seeds we eat’ (corn, grapes, cashews etc) which was totally inspired by Nature Studies Pinterest board
Germinating Seeds in a clear bag on the window.
This one is a simple one, but I think it really helps to bring home the ideas we teach this week. Grab a wet paper towel and place it into a ziplock bag, place seeds along one side of the paper towel in the bag and seal. Use tape to stick in the window (seeds facing you). Keep damp and observe regularly.
Take a look at different plants outside, how do they spread their seeds? Do they need help from animals?
What plant(s) do you often help spread its seeds (A great example is blowing a dandelion)
Gather different seed pods from outside and open them
Write the story of a seed and how it goes on its journey.
Art and Music Study
How to draw plants – great for those starting a nature journal this week
Create a picture using seeds and glue.
Oats, peas, beans music
If you’re looking for more ideas, my Nature Studies Pinterest board is full of them!