Whether you’re planning a gardening unit study for a homeschool or school, there are free Montessori materials available online that can enhance your unit. If you’re participating in an outdoor gardening activity such as the Homeschool Village Garden Challenge, you can use these along with whatever gardening projects you choose.
Free printable Montessori botany materials available online:
Seed & Plant Matching Cards from Montessori Print Shop
Vegetable Cards from Jojoebi
Botany materials (From Plant to Food, Whole and Half Fruit, All about Plants Printable Book, Life Cycle of a Pumpkin, and Life Cycle of an Apple) from Montessori for Everyone
Botany materials from Montessori Materials (Some materials are available for purchase, but there are many free materials with purple links for leaf, plant, flower, and root cards and booklets.)
Parts of the Seed Nomenclature Cards and Little Booklet and other Botany Materials from The Helpful Garden
Parts of a Plant Nomenclature Cards from NAMC’s 3-6 Montessori Homeschool Program Friendship Flower Activities
Leaf Cards, Booklet, and Wall Charts from Homemade Montessori
Parts of Leaf, Parts of Seed from Walk Beside Me
Botany Share from Maybe Montessori
Botany album/activities from Wikisori
Elementary Leaf Unit from Temple of Ganesha Montessori
Directions for using the materials:
Montessori Print Shop has a great post on How to Prepare Montessori Cards.
Here are directions for using 3-part cards from Maitri Learning.
More gardening resources:
UPDATE: See Montessori-Inspired Gardening Unit for many more Montessori-inspired botany resources.
Check out our Living Montessori Now Community discussion with links to lots of gardening activities that aren’t necessarily Montessori-based but are great additions to a gardening unit. There are also links to some wonderful gardening activities and materials on the Living Montessori Now Facebook page!
Have fun gardening and learning about plants!
This post has been added to Helpful Homeschool Hints.