Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Learning with Lilly Anne Day 2

Today Lilly Anne went to the Sunshine Room with Caibry. The Sunshine room is a place for pediatric occupational therepy. Caibry does OT and speech therepy every week.

Lilly Anne liked the sunflowers used to decorate the waiting room. She decided that sunflowers were something she'd like to learn more about.

Sunflowers are a popular subject in art. Vincent vanGogh did a whole series of sunflower paintings. In fact, if you heard the word sunflower you would probobly picture one of his paintings in your mind.

Here are some examples of sunflowers in art:

Vincent van Gogh Vase with 12 Sunflowers

Antonio Sicurezza Sunflowers

Paul Gauguin Sunflowers

Claude Monet Bouquet of Sunflowers

Here is a great site to learn more about Vincent vanGogh's love of sunflowers. You'll also find some links to learn about real sunflowers.

Lilly Anne learned these fun sunflower facts:
1. One sunsflower can hold as many as 2,000 seeds!
2. Sunflowers have many uses like cooking oil, medicine, dyes, paint and they even make a healthy snack!
3. Sunflowers are pretty tall flowers. The tallest was found in the Netherlands. It was over 25' tall!!
4. Sunflowers often turn to face the sun. This is called heliotropism.
5. Sunflowers are in genus Helianthus. In Greek helio means sun and anthos means flower.

What did you learn?

Go here to print and color a sunflower.

If you created a series of paintings like vanGogh, what subject would inspire you?

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