Botany In A Homeschool Co-op


Botany In A Home School Co-op

Our text for the co-op will be Exploring Creation with Botany by Jeannie Fulbright. We won’t be using this text as written but will be picking and choosing activities and sections of text to read from it.

Our Co-op has many different age levels and abilities. The children who attend and actually participate are from ages 2-19. We meet for 3 hours each week.


Textbook we are using, picture links to purchasing info*

Why not use the entire text?

We only have from January 25th through June 14th, not enough time to work through the entire book. Maybe next year we can do a more thorough study but this year we are focusing on a few topics and experiments of interest and adding in a few projects I have done in the past that I just love to do.

About 7 years ago our family worked our way through this Botany text and enjoyed it very much. Using it as the backbone to our co-op classes seemed appropriate.


Which sections did I decide to use?

In all honesty, I am using most of the chapters of the book but only certain sections within those chapters. Here is a sample of how this will work for our co-op:


January 25th
Non-Vascular Plants:

  • Read pages 10-11 “Moss” in class, then page 15 after activity
  • Do the following experiments:
    • Notebook page about Non-Vascular Plants
    • Paper towel Activity page 10
  • Vocabulary words for the week: botany, moss, non-vascular, lichen, Bryophyta, fungus, algae


February 1st

  • Read pages 23-24 in class and then read page 25 to top of 26 when seed is open
  • Do the following experiments:
    • Open A Seed Activity page 24
    • Germination Project pages 29-30 and use chart to chart growth of plants during the week
  • Vocabulary words for the week: testa, hilum, cotyledons, radicle, hypocotyl, epicotyl, plumule, endoserm, hypothesis


February 8th
Flowers: Monocots and Dicots

  • Read pages 31-32 in class
  • Do the following experiments:
    • Identify Monocot / Dicot Notebook Activity page 32
    • Using Picture Identify Flowers page 33, Need pictures of flowers to cut out
  • Vocabulary words for the week: monocotyledon, dicotyledon



From the above information you can see a few things:

  • We only meet once a week
  • I have about 1/2 hours worth of experiments for Botany planned
  • We do not read the entire chapter of the book but only a few pages each week  that are relevant to our topic
  • I use the accompanying Notebook with the textbook (yes I have purchased enough of these for the entire co-op and will order more if more kiddos choose to attend, per the copyright)
  • These seem like easy experiments to choose from the book

Notebook we are using, picture links to purchasing info.*



I am going to address the last point here:

These seem like easy experiments to choose from the book…

You are totally correct. REASONING: We will also be doing a pretty comprehensive study of another Apologia science book entitled Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day: Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 by the same author. Due to the fact that we will be working more deeply with this text our studies in Botany will be less deep, hope that makes sense.


The other textbook we are using, picture links to purchasing info.*


Why even do this study if we can’t do a complex study of Botany?

There are members of our co-op that have never grown their own garden and want to learn how. There are children of mine in our group that would like to grow their own plants in our garden this year and would like to learn more about how to make them grow better. Spring seems like the perfect time to be doing a study of Botany.


Our studies in Botany will focus on:

  • various types of plants and what grows best in our area
  • what makes up a plant, it’s parts and purposes of them
  • growing plants and building a light hut for experiments
  • testing different conditions when growing plants, fertilizers, light, talking to them
  • learning about our own soil to aid in plant growth, PH, soils composition, moisture content
  • Pretty much “Learning the How’s and Why’s of Growing Our Own Garden”


*These are all NON Affiliate links, just added for your convenience.*


Hope this information was useful 🙂 I think I will write about our Flying Creature study next time as this will include building drones and aerodynamics.

Have a great week!!





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