Friday, June 24, 2011
Outdoor Hour Challenge #2: Crape Myrtle Tree
This morning, we completed our second outdoor hour challenge! :) One of my favorite memories from childhood was riding horses with my grandmother. I was always amazed at how she could instantly name the trees we passed. It's my goal for the children and I to learn to do the same; to be able to identify various trees, shrubs, flowers & plants. I think identifying these plants will help us praise God. He is an amazing Creator!
So, today we began to study Crape Myrtle trees because they are so abundant here in Georgia (plus, we have 5 in our yards). We're able to enjoy their blooms throughout the summer heat. We began our outdoor challenge this morning inside in the educational room, reciting together a poem we've memorized in the past, "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer. Because the Handbook of Nature Study did not cover Crape Myrtle trees specifically, I read pages 618-620 which covered the parts of a tree. Hopefully the children can now identify the roots, trunk or bole, head or crown, branch & spray. We also discussed the purposes of each of theses parts & what/how a tree eats. I even had a handy diagram on the whiteboard:
After reading some specific information about Crape Myrtles from the internet (Mama learned that the flowers could be white as well as pink), we headed outside to find which trees in our front & back yards were myrtles. We took time to look close & touch, practice identifying the various parts & even took a few clippings:
Then it was time to draw:
The Outdoor Hour Challenge is hosted by Barb at the Handbook of Nature Study blog. You can read about our family's other challenges by clicking on one of the labels below.