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A creative way for children to learn their ABCs is by planting an ABC flower garden filled with flowers from A for Aster to Z for Zinnia.

Not only will children have a visual, the flower, representation for each letter but it will help them begin to identify flowers. Before you plant decorate a large Popsicle stick with the letter of the alphabet and the name of the flower.

Have your child create a flower diary with 26 pages, put an empty seed packet on each page. Your child then can use colored pencils to label each page of their flower diary with the name of the flower and with the letter of the alphabet in larger bright colors. From seed to flower your child can record each flower’s growth with pictures and words.

Aster

Baby’s Breath

Columbine

Daisy

Edelweiss

Forget Me Not

Gladiolus

Hyacinth

Iris

Jasmine

King's-spear flower

Lavender

Marigold

Nasturtium

Orchid

Petunia

Roses

Sunflower

Tulip

Uva-Ursi

Violets

Water Lily

Zinnia

Flower Garden Resources:

· Flower Garden by Eve Bunting and Kathryn Hewitt

· How to Draw Flowers by Barbara Soloff-Levy

· Buds and Blossoms: A Book About Flowers (Growing Things) by Blackaby, Susan, Delage, and Charlene

· I Plant a Garden with My Mom by Paula Papazoglu and Susan Kathleen Gumm

· Growing Flowers (Maurer, Tracy, Green Thumb Guides.) by Tracy Maurer

· Flowers (Growing Flowers) by Gail Saunders-Smith

-R.R.Cratty

Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203

State flowers and history
State flowers and history R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history

Each of our 50 states has designated an official flower with stories of how state flowers have defined the state, represented its history, and even helped push forward a political movement.  For example:

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State flowers and history 2 R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history 2

Before women were allowed to vote nationally, Washington State let them, and only them, vote on what people would come to associate with the state's flower for decades to come: the coast rhododendron.

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State flowers and history 3 R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history 3

In 1892, the state was one of the last to officially name its state flower. After hundreds of suggestions were put through, more than 15,000 women across the state voted in voting booth. And 53% of those women voted on the beautiful pink and white rhododendron.

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State flowers and history 4 R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history 4

The purple lilac in New Hampshire is a representation of the state's residents' hardy character. The Bitterroot became Montana's state flower only after a member of the Montana Women's Christian Temperance Union crusaded to convince the legislature to listen up, and allow all people, men and women, to vote for the flower.

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State flowers and history 5 R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history 5

California's golden poppy is rooted in the state's hillsides from north to south, a beautiful yellow flower that mimic's the states seemingly everlasting sunshine.

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State flowers and history 6 R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history 6

There are stories waiting for your children to uncover, drawings to be made and locations to be found within each beautiful State flower.
Great books to get you started:

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State flowers and history 7 R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history 7

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie de Paola is a simply told and richly illustrated story which tells of a young Indian boy who wants to create a painting as beautiful as the colors of the sky at sunset, an how he fulfills his dream.

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State flowers and history 8 R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history 8

The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tommie de Paola is the legend of the origin of the bluebonnet, the state flower of Texas.  Compare this legend with The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.  How are they alike? How are they different?

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State flowers and history 9 R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history 9

State Birds and Flowers Coloring Book (Dover Pictorial Archive Series) by Annika Bernhard -accurately detailed, copyright-free renderings state flowers, birds and national symbols.

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State flowers and history 10 R.R.Cratty

State flowers and history 10

Find more spring and summer family fun ideas in Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty. Learning at home  is a parent resource that can be purchased in print or ebook form through Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203.

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