I’ve always viewed dandelions as either a childhood delight or a nuisance. They tend to spread so quickly in a yard you are trying to keep free of weeds. But their seeds are also so much fun to blow and spread. A joy to watch catch the wind!
Because of last year’s dandelion study we started to notice these wildflowers as soon as they appeared. We first noticed them when we were on the hunt for Queen Anne’s lace.
Last year we studied the dandelion’s root system and did a bit more study this year (sixth grader didn’t mind using the shovel). But we also talked more about a dandelion being a composite flower. Oh, like a sunflower! When you really look at a dandelion up close, it is yet another example of beautiful design. So that is what we focused on this time.
And no one expects mom to join in! This took me less than five minutes. I sketched mine before the children did. Doing my own journal entry helped me to see details I could point out to the children. The brown stalk of the flower gone to seed. The burgundy underneath of the yellow flower petals. The jagged edges of the flower petals that somewhat match the leaves. I get it now. Such a pleasure even with just pen and crayon! You can too, friends.
If you haven’t checked out the May newsletter from the Handbook of Nature Study, be sure to click over.
It’s nature study for the month all in one spot! Because now, we head into summer studies. This was surely our favorite last year! Can I encourage you to add in some Deliberate Delight to your summer?