Thursday, April 2, 2009

Botany - Bulbs

We love watching plants grow! We attended a wonderful bulb-planting workshop for homeschoolers at the Loomis Flower Farm back in October. Each child planted daffodils, tulips and hyacinths in a pot. On top of the layers of bulbs, pansies were added for color. We learned about bulbs and how to plant them successfully.

Our bulbs starting peeking out their little leaves in January!

We watercolored two sheets of paper, made twizzlers out of yarn, and created our own botany books. We selected one of the bulbs to watch and sketch over the weeks to come.

Now, the daffodils are done blooming, the tulips are beginning to fade, and the hyacinths are showing the last of their vibrant lavender color.

Our bulb learning culminated with a trip to Daffodil Hill in Volcano, CA. Over 300,000 daffodils and 300 varieties! We met our uncle and cousins there who live near the hill. We had fun trying to count the varieties of daffodils.

Here is a song that we are singing during circle time right now:
Little Bulbs (sing to the tune of Frere Jacques)
Are you sleeping
Are you sleeping
Little bulbs
Little bulbs
Springtime is a-coming
Springtime is a-coming
Time to wake
Time to wake


Joy said...

Look at all those bulbs blooming. How beautiful! I'll bet Daffodil Hill was just amazing. :)

Grandma said...

The photos of the daffodils are breathtaking. The lesson that began last fall and culminated at Daffodil Hill is an exciting one!

Sunny said...

That is sweet. Love the flowers.

Jen said...

Gorgeous! And I have to say that it is so wonderful that the children's grandparents are such a big part of their education and are so creative themselves! No wonder such spirit, calm and creativity flows with abundance in your well nurtured family! You are a great role model to us all!

Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND said...

What a magical trip. Your kids are adorable by the way! You always manage to fit so much into one lesson and it STILL comes out fun in the end - your children are so lucky! I wish you were MY teacher when I was little :)

themagiconions said...

I love this... what clever planting! When one fades, another awakes. I wish I had spring all over again now... MUST remember for next year!

Lisa said...

Wow! I bet seeing all of those daffodils in bloom was an amazing happy sight!

The Scolari House said...

Beautiful! Now I definitely want to plant bulbs for next Spring.