Homeschool Highlight Reel- Leaf Shapes

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Last week I noticed some of my button codes are not working properly any longer. I will try to fix those before next week. I'm also thinking of updating them anyways... we'll see how the time goes there!

I do not own a botany cabinet. It is one of those materials I have not been able to bring myself to purchase. I do, however, think exploring and learning leaf shapes is very important. As I explained, here, in one of my first posts, last year I made a set of 3 part cards with the most common leaves found in our area. All of the leaves on the cards can be found within one mile of our house. We also have the parts of a leaf cardwork that goes with the botany leaf puzzle.

I wanted to take leaf shapes a step farther, however, and give the boys some other ways to explore. Earlier this fall, we did leaf dissection following the same procedure as the flower dissection shown here.

To make things more interesting, I decided to do a 3 part art project to give the boys more ways to demonstrate leaf shape.

1. Pin Punching the leaf. The leaf is placed on construction paper, a dot placed at each point (to help trace more easily), and then the dots are connected along the edge. The use the pin punching technique to punch the leaf from the construction paper.

pin punching a leaf to document its shape

2. Leaf Rubbing with crayons. The leaf goes under and rub over it with a crayon.

leaf rubbing with a crayon

3. Leaf printing with watercolors, explained here by Jean at the Artful Parent. I will be honest, I didn't love how this turned out, but I'm not sure that the paper I used wasn't too thick. It absorbed the water more quickly than the leaf did. The prints are there, but they are very light.

leaf printing with seran wrap and water colors

The finished products (with the plastic wrap still on for drying!)

the finished three phase leaf shape documenting project

This picture also has a nice sample of Aidan's impromptu writing. You can see he is working with the "ee" sound right now! I think there must be something natural for kids about using capitals, because we don't even have the capital sandpaper letters and we've never done more than simply match capital to small and talk about rules for using capitals at the beginning of a sentence, yet he continues to place them in the middle of words. I think its when he deems it an easier letter to write than the lower case.

So what have you been up to this week? I look forward to reading your posts, be sure to join into the MckLinky fun by visiting the other participating blogs.


Cheryl @ On the Old Path said...

This look like a lot of fun. I love the little face on the Pin Punch Leaf. I think there is an attraction to Capital letters. Some of my kids will ask me do you want me to write it with capitals?

Kylie said...

Gathering leaves from your immediate area is on my list too. I think that is a great idea.

Kylie said...

Heidi, You don't have your labels showing in your side bar so it is a lot trickier to find things you have written about.......I love going back through blogs I enjoy to read over some of the posts that may interest me (by label). :) :) :)

Heidi said...

Kylie you can always click on the labels at the bottom of posts to see more about a specific topic, but I will definitely work on getting the labels back in some form if that is something you would like to see!

Cheryl- yeah..the leaf man. I guess when you are 6 everything becomes just a little bit fantasy!