After learning about plants in general, we began diving into a more in-depth botany study with a tree study!
We began by taking out our Types of Plants sorting cards by I Believe in Montessori and paying special attention to the trees and their characteristics.
We learned about the parts of a tree using these Parts of a Tree 3-Part Cards, then identified the parts we could see on some trees in our backyard.
We did a lot of work with some Oak Life Cycle cards by Welcome to Mommyhood — we used the 3-part cards…
…as well as the life cycle pasting work!
We also studied the differences between Coniferous and Deciduous trees using these 3-Part Cards, then named each whenever we passed trees on our walks around the neighborhood. Not all learning has to happen inside a classroom!
We ended our tree study with a fun leaf study — it was actually spring when we did this botany study, but Lila still wanted to learn about how leaves change color, so we did!
We rely heavily on wonderful children’s books for all of our themed studies, and here are the books we used to study trees as part of our botany study:
Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids, by Gail Gibbons
A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry
Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art, by Thomas Locker
The Tree That Would Not Die, by Ellen Levine
Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees, by Jim Arnosky