An interesting hands on lesson about seeds captivated the kids this morning. The steps were simple, cut open a squash to see how many seeds are inside. Ethan and Romay have been learning about seed dispersal and all of the possible ways this is done: human, wind, animal, and even water dispersal. Ethan was reading "The Secret Garden" and read about one of the plants he's been studying. Just in case you're curious, the way the plant operates is fascinating. The plant's name is Gorse. It builds up pressure inside the pod where the seed is held (making it an angiosperm) and when enough is built up, the pod literally bursts making a popping noise. Thus, the seeds are scattered. Of course, the kids liked the idea of pods blowing up, Botany is cool!