Friday, March 7, 2014

The Turtle and the Monkey: Learning About Plants {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

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This month's author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Paul Galdone. We have read so many of his books this last month it was so hard picking one! How can you not love a good fairy tale classic retold and illustrated wonderfully?

Our library had so many of his books (some of the ones I had on hold have not been available yet)!




Nikolai seemed to really enjoy it and asks to read it every day. :) I am so glad that he loves to read.

The Berry Bunch: The Turtle and the Monkey: Learning About Plants {Virtual Book Club for Kids}


Because of the banana tree that Turtle finds and plants, I decided to pick up a flower plant from the store to transplant. I wanted to build on the understanding of why Monkey's half of the banana tree did not grow. We discussed this during the reading, that a plants needs roots in order to live, but it is not a topic or concept that we have really gone over before.

Learning About Plants: An Intro to Plants and their Parts

What you need:
The Berry Bunch: The Turtle and the Monkey: Learning About Plants {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

  • a small plant such as a flower or herb
  • a pot to replant
  • soil
  • coloring page or printable book for parts of plants
1. looking at the plant in it's container before you take it out, talk about what you see naming the parts of the plant (stem, leaves, flower). Have your child gently feel and smell the plant.

2. Before you take the plant out, make a hypothesis, encourage your child to discuss what he/she thinks is below the soil
The Berry Bunch: The Turtle and the Monkey: Learning About Plants {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot, point out the roots talking about the child's thoughts/hypothesis. Feel the roots, look at them. Use this time to talk about how the roots work.  We drank a glass of water to help understand what roots do.

The Berry Bunch: The Turtle and the Monkey: Learning About Plants {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

4. replant the plant

The Berry Bunch: The Turtle and the Monkey: Learning About Plants {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

The Berry Bunch: The Turtle and the Monkey: Learning About Plants {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

The Berry Bunch: The Turtle and the Monkey: Learning About Plants {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

5. color the book/coloring page talking about what was seen and noticed about the plant. we used this booklet here and he just likes to keep re-reading and pointing to the parts of the plants. :)

The cool thing about this is that you have the plant to continue watering and revisiting later. :)

The Berry Bunch: The Turtle and the Monkey: Learning About Plants {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

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