For the last two years my second grader's science curriculum has completely been led by living books, nature study and a lesson book to include her very simple narrations. Our topic last week was about insects. She read Insect Detective by Steve Voake, Magic School Bus Inside A Beehive, and The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Mucucci. She went about learning as routine: read a book daily, narrate after reading, on the fourth day made her drawings and wrote a few things she thought were important.
Later that afternoon she and her siblings went outside to play as usual (or at least I thought). Somehow their playing evolved into mad rushing in and out of the house. Again, not unusual. A few minutes later, after the noise level seemed to go down (this was unusual), I decided to check out what was going on. Everyone was on top of the hillside full of Mezoo Trailing Red ground covering, Dandelions, and other pretty flowers.