Friday, May 23, 2008

Parts of a flower

Nature certainly is God's handiwork. And flowers are an abundantly beautiful part of his creation.

While the beauty of flowers is ready to behold, who isn't amazed by this awesome machine we call a plant? The pollination and fertilization process that is written within these tiny structures is truly amazing.

And what a wonderful thing it is to be able to share this marvel with a child.

You can only look at flower so long before they become somewhat the same, that is if you know neither their names or their functions. You may gaze at their beauty for a great while, but soon it becomes that when you've seen one, you've seen them all. What frustration we all have felt to know the face but not the name!

Hunter is now learning about the parts of a flower. Stigma, style, ovary, ovules, carpel, anthers, filaments, stamens, petal, corolla, sepal, calyx, receptacle, peduncle. He'll easily (and eagerly) learn these in less than a week, playing the card game a few times a day. After he has learned their names, we'll learn their functions. And if you think this is boring stuff, you've forgotten what it's like to be three years old!

As usual, the encyclopedic knowledge program, ever opening doors. He will never quite look at flowers the same way again.

"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land"

Song of Solomon 2:12

Hunter is 3 years, 2 months old

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