very interesting story that draws in young naturalists. She described goldenrod as people dressed in yellow, living in villages. Each has a job to do. They have tiny green front steps. What could this thing be?
I posed this riddle to my kids one night at bedtime. They played 20 Questions until they figured it out. Then they said we HAD to study it.
I found a few poems online about goldenrod and read them to the children the first morning of our two day study.
Their favorite turned out to be In the Days of Goldenrod by Lucy Maud Montgomery. My son even set the words to music and used them as his writing assignment for the day. In part, they say:
What beauty mates with the passing year.
The days that are fleetest are still the sweetest,
And life is near to the heart of God,
And the peace of heaven to earth is given
In this wonderful time of the golden-rod.
I re-read this poem to them on the second day. I would love for them to memorize it.
We took a little drive and found goldenrod growing literally everywhere. We found a nice quiet place and stopped. We drew our own images of goldenrod using Handbook of Nature Study blog's printable goldenrod page.
|My son's goldenrod picture. It was done in colored pencil|
and doesn't show up very well.
|My goldenrod picture. Pencil is my favorite medium.|
|My middle daughter's goldenrod picture with a towering|
pine tree to the left and over the top.