Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Who would have thought.....

Who would have thought today was our winter solstice with the sun the furthest away from here, the least day light hours with the shortest day and the longest night of the year
.... and HOT...
about 26 degrees I think! So hot that it was a perfect morning for school in the garden and completing our chapter on leaves in our Botany course. (I had been putting this off due to cold and wet weather.)

The kids did some note booking pages on leaf classification. They took turns choosing leaves to add to their pages and checked in their book for leaf arrangement, venation, shape, and leaf margins. I asked hubby to put the umbrella up too but that was of no use as the sun was at its lowest point in the sky and so the umbrella gave no protection.

Hats were the answer!

Z was determined to find the biggest nasturtium leaf possible to add to his page!

He had fun tasting some of the leaves too.. the look on his face was priceless as he tasted the peppery nasturtium!

Never to old to have fun with bubbles!

After lunch the kids tried out an experiment from the Botany book....

It called for washing soda, we used bicarb instead so it didn't work. All we ended up with was a pot of crystallised leaves, never the less we had fun!

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