plants

The art of flower arranging

Flower arranging is part of a traditional Montessori school.  On Monday we usually get a bouquet of flowers and put them out at the flower arranging table.  Children are given a lesson on how to complete this task.  It involves many steps and young children are quite attracted to the whole process.  First the put on an apron, fill the small water pitcher, get a vase and a doily and choose the flower to be “arranged.”  Usually they put one flower in a vase (after it is properly trimmed) and place that vase on a table.  They notice that the classroom looks beautiful when they are finished.

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This past week we were lucky enough to have a parent who is also a Montessori trained teacher come to give us a lesson in flower arrangements.  Melissa has been to many workshops and classes to learn this skill.

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Melissa brought in many types of flowers.

She showed the children how to choose the ones to begin with and them trim them down.

Start with the greens and begin at the bottom.

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The children were captivated by this lesson.

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Melissa demonstrated just how they should cut each flower.

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Melissa created this beautiful arrangement for our classroom.

She also graciously prepared many small mason jars for the children and left all of the flowers so they could practice this skill all week.

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Some of the children absorbed so much of this lesson.

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One three year old arranged several jars full of flowers and took them home at the end of the week.

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A huge thank you to Melissa for her generosity and time! We are so lucky to have parents that are willing to share their skills with the children!

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Tulips

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The children have been learning about various flowers we are seeing out and about in our environment.

Since we have seen many tulips,  we decided to have some tulip art!

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The children use a foam core board and color in the stem.

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They place their petals on the board to fill in the tulip.

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Liquid starch is used to paste down the tissue paper petals.

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The children put these on the drying rack after they are finished so they can dry.

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The uses of plants

Spring is in the air!  With that we are planting, watering, growing and looking at the roots of plants.  We thought about exploring some of the varied uses of plants by dyeing yarn with onion skins.

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The children spent some time crunching up onion skins into a large pot.

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We added water to the pot which allows the color of the onion skins to come out.

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After a while we drained the water out so we could use it as the dye.  We used white wool yarn and soaked it overnight.

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The natural onion skin dye turned the white yarn into the orange yarn as seen below.

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