I planned our walk for the day this week that promised the best weather, so we were, again, out without coats. (Yeah!) We started our walk down the familiar path at Lois Greene Park, where I had noted some mullein at a previous time. Today, however, our mullein was playing hard-to-find or hide-and-seek. After not too long, however, we found our first sample:
examine under a hand-held magnifying glass.
However, this sample was presenting without a stalk, so we continued our search. We truly searched a long time, leaving the gravel path, continuing on a grass path, on to a pond, searching out extended fields beyond.
I was starting to think this Canada goose feather would be the highlight of our day. We decided we were done and began to head back. The boys ran ahead to the car while Angel and I meandered back more slowly. I began to find samples for future studies!
The kids learned about the plant and filled out notebooking pages. ::sigh:: Again I have no photograph, and again the nature notebook is not with me, so I'll have to summarize. I had pulled out a wild flower field guide from which we acquired common name (Common mullein), scientific name, and the specifics called for on the page (height, flower color, etc.). We learned that native Americans used to line their moccasins with mullein leaves to help keep their feet warm in winter, and the colonists would put the leaves inside their stockings for the same reason. We learned that the leaf was often used as a wick, and the dry stalk was used at times as a torch. There was much fun information in the field guide, and now that I know how to use it I know we will pull it out often in the future.
We enjoyed learning about mullein this week (and enjoyed being outside during "school" hours). Beanpole requested that we plan time for a longer hike in the future, and I promised that we would try to do that. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading about our nature study!