Waldorf Grade 5 Botany

Erin has finished her second block of grade five Botany. In South Africa, our school years run from January to December, with holidays in between. We have both really enjoyed the Waldorf approach to Botany and learned so much. I thought I would share some of her drawings and activities that she did as well as books that we used for the block.
Erin has been drawing flowers that are indigenous to South Africa, this is our national flower, the Protea.
Another indigenous flower, the Strelitzia.
We have read all about the wonderful bees…
Studied the distinction between the lily and the rose.
Erin built a little terrarium, that is still a work in progress. She filled it with sand, moss, grasses and made a ladder and benches with toothpicks…
She is growing Mung beans, they have started to swell. It is so much easier growing beans up the side of a glass container instead of in a dish. This way you can see the progress of the growth and keep your plant from drying out too soon.
She has also picked flowers, leaves and grasses to make a Botanical picture, you can see Jenna’s here and we will also make some window transparencies as soon as the flowers have dried out.

These are the books that we used to put our blocks together:

The Living World of Plants by Dr Gerbert Grohmann
Botany by Live Education
Botany by Donna Simmons
Botany by Charles Kovacs (awesome)
Tree of Life by Rochelle Strauss

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17 Responses to Waldorf Grade 5 Botany

  1. momma rae August 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    beautiful drawings, erin! such a lovely way to learn. 😉

  2. Phyllis August 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    Her drawings are so beautiful. What a lovely portfolio they make.
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

  3. Miss Peaches August 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    I’m completely new to your blog but guess your are homeschooling? The pictures are great, far better than mine would have been 🙂
    I’m looking forward to start reading your blog.

  4. Gremlina August 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    really beautiful! we made terrariums and sprouted loofah seeds in a jar last year–it was a great project that even my 5 year old really got a lot from.

  5. Wabi-Sabi Wanderings August 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    She is an artist — just like her mother!

  6. sarah in the woods August 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    The drawings are beautiful. We just started botany today, so I’m glad to see your suggestions.

  7. Linda August 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Dear Miss Peaches,
    Welcome to my blog:) Yes, we are homeschoolers:) I look forward to visiting your blog too.

  8. softearthart August 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Lovely drawings. cheers Marie

  9. Bec August 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    The drawings are beautiful and vibrant, looks like heaps of fun.

  10. Féepoussière August 13, 2010 at 12:12 am #

    I do not know if that’s your style, you must have received many, seen your wonderful blog, and I do not see any picture displayed, but if you feel like it, two award waiting for you on my blog Because I love yours!

    Side note: what a nice post! and congratulations to the lucky who will receive your beautiful creations!

  11. Kelly August 13, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    Hello dear friend,
    Hope you all well! What an interesting block. One we look forward to covering in future years. Erin must have really enjoyed it. Her drawings are fantastic. Well done, Erin. You must be so proud.

  12. Moment to Moment August 13, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    those are truly amazing drawings, very inspired…
    Looking forward to see the window transparencies..
    🙂 Christina

  13. K August 13, 2010 at 6:54 am #

    Erin – your work is WONDERFUL! I can see that your attention to detail is a reflection of your wonder at the complexity of botanical and biological design. Love the way you handle color. Your education is exciting, and inspiring. Kiss your mother for me, will you? She deserves it. She has given you the gift of time and emotional and spiritual space in which you can teach yourself. There are few greater gifts.

    And then tell her I’m SO SAD about the white lion – but very happy for the winner.

  14. Valarie August 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi Linda and happy friday. These botany drawings are just beautiful and I greatly appreciate learning a little bit about your fauna and botany. It is so very different from ours here in the smoky mountains. They are really two different worlds but beautiful none the less. Enjoy the last days of winter. spring will soon be there.

  15. earthboysblog August 14, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    The beautiful protea flower so beautifully drawn by Erin, she made it look as lovely as it is. A beautiful work book you will cherish and look back on. 🙂

  16. Shannon August 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    So many beautiful things about this post – Erin has her own talents, many talents. I think the big girl and i are ging to sprout some sunflower seeds ~ thanks for the jar tip.. it is a very good idea. 🙂

  17. Tammy August 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    Linda I loved reading this post so much. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas with us!!!

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