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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!
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.
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.