In the third grade, my teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. I immediately answered 'house wife'. At sixteen I was asked the same question. I answered 'taxonomist'. Both lucrative career choices. Obviously I landed dream job #1 but I am still quite enthusiastic about plant identification and photography.
I spent our week in the mountains hunting flowers and mushrooms. The mushrooms were nearly nonexistent due to a dry spell that preceded our visit. The flowers were plentiful, if a bit different than the array I am used to seeing in August.
I had to emotionally brace myself for the possibility I wouldn't find my beloved monkshood.
But I found it, growing all along the mountain stream.
A new-to-me, and apparently rare, find was the Calypso Orchid.
I wish I had taken better photos of this beauty. My family is patient with my incessant picture taking, but there are limits.
I've spent the last week scribbling down names and websites to help in identification and yesterday I stumbled onto the US Forest Service site. Amazing. It's bursting with information and coloring pages and please go check it out. You can search by region. They have guide books they recommend. It's ideal for nature study with children. I'm going to need more printer cartridges. They have coloring pages or books for so many of the flowers we found on our hikes. I could really not be more excited about that site. Go, go, click the link!
This was all a very long way of introducing our "science" for this year. It will be heavily inspired by our own adventures. Add in Apologia's Exploring Creation with Botany. We went through this book a couple of years ago. I liked it then but I just found the accompanying Botany Notebooking Journal and it's brilliant. My daughter learned some from the text, but I think she was too young to learn and then apply her knowledge. I don't mind repeating textbooks one little bit, so this will be our foundation.
I try a general science text almost every year and usually abandon it. Science seems to be the one thing we unschool despite my partiality towards classical curriculum. We live it, enthusiastically.
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