Home School Series: Interactive Botany Tuesdays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, & 8 Come take a fresh, new look at plants with The Horticultural Society of New York! Our interactive five week study will attempt to cultivate a profound appreciation and understanding for one of the few
GardenNews.biz - Jan 18,2011 - Home School Series: Interactive Botany
Tuesdays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, & 8
Come take a fresh, new look at plants with The Horticultural Society of New York! Our interactive five week study will attempt to cultivate a profound appreciation and understanding for one of the few organisms that live off the sun's energy. Together we will dig deeper into exactly how plant parts function. Students will explore plants from under-ground, along a transportation highway and onto pollination. They will make floral arrangements, press leaves, investigate stem structure, define botanical functions and also produce tasty, unique veggie dishes. Collectively, these activities promote a rich, deep opportunity to learn about plant anatomy and function.
About the Instructor: Pamela Ito, Hort Director of Children's Education has been teaching in rural Kenya, on the shores off Kauai, in the Oregon woodlands and in New York City for over 21 years. Her prior experience includes roles in field research, marine mammal and fisheries observation. Pam has a B.S. in Biology with Certification in Secondary Science Education from Lewis & Clark College and a Masters of Environmental Studies from Bard College. She is a mother of two.
60 minutes class + 30 minutes for personalized library study,
individualized inquiry discussion and healthy snack
For Children Ages 5-8 years
One Session $20; full five sessions $90 (includes a free library pass granting borrowing privileges for the duration of the program.**)
** Policies and fee’s for lateness and damaged book returns apply. See Katherine Powis, HSNY Librarian, or Pamela Ito, Director of Children's Education for a list of The Hort library policies. All borrowed material must be returned to the library at final session. Failure to return any material on or before that date will result in pro-rated late fee’s and/or replacement fee’s for the non-returned material.
Home School Series: The Joy of Vegetables
Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5
Parents around the dinner table are always crying "EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!" This course will attempt to cultivate a profound appreciation and understanding for the controversial greens. It will dig deeper into exactly how vegetables nourish our bodies. The students will explore vegetables from the ground to their plates. They will plant vegetable seeds, investigate plant structure, define botanical functions, conduct scientific experiments and finally produce six tasty, unique veggie dishes. Collectively, these activities promote a symbiosis between healthy plants and healthy people.
Each veggie theme will include a hands-on science activity, hands-on horticulture or gardening activity, a wholesome cooking activity and reading of a relevant story. For example, students will dissect tap roots, read What do Roots Do? by Kathleen Kudlinski and make Malanga-a Puerto Rican Root Stew. Nutritional science and cooking components will integrate measurement skills, basic math and teamwork to create a delicious and healthy veggie delight.
Here is an example of our study structure:
Horticulture - Explore different types of stems: bulbs, tubers, and rhizomes
Cooking-Stem Fare - Sautéed Asparagus and fennel stems with onions