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Charles Kovacs' ability to knowledgeably present any part of the Waldorf curriculum with warmth, grace and depth never ceases to amaze and delight me. His lesson notes, no matter the subject, are always useful and inspiring and interesting in the way that non-fiction seldom is.
In Botany, Kovacs provides a tour de force through the Waldorf 5th/6th grade Botany curriculum - He beautifully characterizes and describes different plants and the families of which they are a part, how they look, how they grow, where they live, what they do. There are sketches illustrating key features, chapters about seeds, butterflies, pollen in addition to those about specific plants and plant types. At the end is a long section about the plants we human beings use.
All of this is prefaced with one of the best essays I've ever read about the developmental stage of the 5th and 6th grader, and how to meet their needs educationally.
Another great Kovacs book - what a gift to students and teachers, whether in the classroom or at home!
An essential companion to Charles Kovac's Botany
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I've always been partial to the Waldorf school fifth grade curriculum -- to me it is balanced and beautiful the way children at that age are, each subject bearing itself gracefully into the classroom.
Botany is one of those subjects, and Donna Simmon's introduction and overview of this main lesson block is as inviting and lively as the subject itself. It seems to me that she has given both children and the adults who teach them a guided tour of the plant world that will leave everyone in love with nature and knowledgeable about our leafy and rooted friends. Needless to say, I'm smitten -- I think you will be, too, after you see this Unit Study.
Donna has rewritten her original Botany curriculum guide as a companion to Charles Kovac's beautiful Botany curriculum guide. Together, they simply sing for our 5th graders!
- Main Lessons for Homeschoolers
- Why Study Botany
- Goals for this Block
- Lesson Plans
- Looking at Plants
- Development of the Senses
- Botany Activities
- Plants and Their Environment
- Flower Families
- Visit to a Botanical Garden
- Botany Scavenger Hunt
The Living World of Plants
A Book for Children and Students of Nature
Dr. Gerbert Grohmann
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This book can be thought of as a distillation of Grohmann's extensive two-volume study, The Plant. Here, the material is presented in a way that will engage both younger students and the adults who teach them. I find that in many ways, The Living World of Plants, is much more powerful in its capacity to evoke awe at the truly amazing world of plants than his more detailed presentation in The Plant. If you are not conversant with the plant world, but would like to be, this is the book for you. An excellent source book for teachers of all grade levels, whether in school or at home. Can be useful as a reader for children grades 5 and up.
World Botany in the Light of Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Science
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Alan takes us on a fascinating exploration of the plant world, the spiritual realms within and without, medicinal, nutritional and sacred signatures of flora, and much more. Along the way, he delves into the mysteries of death and enlightenment, substances therapeutic and delightful, planetary influences upon plants, the distribution of plant species worldwide and gardening.
Sacred Flora is the sort of book to nibble at and contemplate; or, if you prefer, to dive into and not stop until you emerged drenched in a sparkling new world view. Great as background inspiration for teachers or gardeners. A collection of insight, musing and facts that will have you pondering them over and over again.
- Sign of Flame, Sign of Smoke: The Pneumical Wedding of Christian Esotericism
- The Medicine Woman - Sacred Floral Therapy
- The Medicine Land - Seven Sacred Plant Substances
- The Medicine Plants - Seven Sacred Spices
- I Think Speech - I Eat - Five Sacred Floral Foods
- Fire, Air, Water, Earth - The Cryptic Cryptogamae
- The World Garden - Seven Planet Plant Influences
- Annunciation to Ascension - Spectrum Plant Signatures
- The 4 Elements - A Spiritual & Natural Science Exposition
- I Had a Good Teacher - Seven Geographic Plant Mansions
- 12 Days of Community Service - An Esoteric Plant Classification
- A Botanical Garden? - Every Town Should Have One
Drawing from the Book of Nature
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Drawing from the Book of Nature does double-duty as a book that is about both drawing and the natural world of plant and animal. Here is a wonderful resource for teachers, students or anyone wishing to develop their capacity for the artistic observation of natural phenomena.
Dennis Klocek, with his refreshing combination of depth and clarity, offers a wealth of insight into the lives of plants and animals. His text is enhanced with step-by-step lessons to help the reader bring the kingdoms of nature to life on paper.