Big Picture Press' Botanicum (Welcome to the Museum) by Kathy Willis
I just opened the book today, and as usual the children were crowding around me, trying to get first touch and peek even though we have borrowed the book from the library before. I ended up doing an impromptu lesson. I read on the beautiful Tree of Life and the First Plants- Algae. We then sketched and painted our choice of algae ( I never imagined I would find algae beautiful and want to paint them for memories). A short note on our algae is also written down.
Like a museum, the book is an irresistible invitation to learn more about plants around us. The timeless and classic illustrations appeal to the children's young and curious minds that they want to put their own stamp in their nature journals.
As a homeschooling mummy, the information in the books are concise enough for me to provide a satisfactory explanation to the children even without being prepared but not too lengthy on the details that the children (or I) are overwhelmed with information. Instead, it provides just the dosage needed for further self-study and research.
It helps that the book also follows a historical timeline and the classification system for learning about plants; making it easier to organise what I teach and synchronise lessons with our Montessori lessons.
Botanicum has been a wonderful addition to our curriculum and I am obviously very happy with it that I have gone on to not only purchasing the book but also the activity book and postcards. In fact I got us the set of its sister publication; Animalium. I am really grateful to a fellow homeschool for introducing me to this.