|How the "mushroom cloud" got its name?|
Now, as a homeschool mom, I'm always thinking of how I can extend my kids' learning, but I also listen to them and their interests before becoming "teacherzilla." They are all very inquisitive, and they usually want to find out more about something. I don't know if it's a boy thing, a homeschooler thing, or simply my kids, but they tend to go full-force, gung-ho into something when they are interested in it, wanting to know everything there is to know.
Sometimes, a mushroom is just a mushroom...
But, sometimes a discovery can lead to a lesson or a whole unit study. Our Handbook of Nature Study and collection of field guides are usually the first things I turn to when we want to explore something further. Then I will search the internet for resources such as this mushroom workbook. We may even plan a trip to the library to find more information.
We love to do art projects such as this spore prints activity (super fun, and easy enough for my youngest to do, but we did it with smaller mushrooms found around our yard,) and we'll definitely draw pictures in our nature journals. We might even make mushroom sculptures out of dough.
If we have a book that includes the topic at hand, we will add it to our stack for read-aloud time, such as this one:
We may even write stories about an imaginary miniature world living under the mushrooms, or poems, or a list of facts we've learned. We'll talk about having respect for nature and being careful not to knock the mushrooms over when we look closer, so that others can enjoy discovering them too.
And to top it all off, we might go to the grocery store, choose some interesting mushrooms to try, and make a fabulous mushroom pizza.
But sometimes, a mushroom is just a mushroom.