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Friday, May 4, 2012

Dandelions: Weed or Seed for Teaching Science and Childhood Wonder

If you are a gardener or tend the lawn to any degree, you see this as a weed and even the sight of a child blowing the seeds into the air may cause a bit of uncomfortable panic.

She sees it as a source of wonder, a chance to make a wish for a dream to come true, or at least for a moment of pretend fun.  She relishes God's amazing creation of this plant that is a weed to some, but to others it is a source of medicine, food and even a physical representation of the moon, sun and stars.

To a homeschooling parent, this is just another opportunity to learn!

Perhaps a lesson from Bright Hub on the lifecycle of a plant is up your alley.

Or, some interesting and fun facts about dandelions from "My Dandelion is a Flower".

Use it as a chance to teach science or a moment to sit back and relish your child's childhood wonder.  To me, the joy she expresses when blowing the white puffy seeds from a dandelion is worth the work of future weeding.


  1. Isn't it funny that our posts were right beside each other in the Google Group list today? Mine is about how to make dandelion coffee.

    1. Oh it must be true what they say - great minds think alike :-)

      My motivation for waking up each morning is my coffee, yet I've never had dandelion coffee. How does it taste? I did, however, have dandelion greens when I was a kid.

  2. I'm proud to say that my lawn has dandelions! When did a vast expense of uninterrupted green grass become considered more beautiful than green spotted by yellow anyway?

    Fellow Blogathon2012 participant