Sunday, January 17, 2010

Study of Bamboo

We have lots of this very close! In our backyard!

So I thought I would start simple and the kids journaled about the bamboo in our yard - this week.

Here is what we learned about bamboo:

Bamboo fiber comes from the bamboo plant, a member of the grass family native to cold mountains as well as hot tropical regions across East Asia through to northern Australia, and west to India and the Himalaya , sub-Saharan Africa , and the Americas from the southeast of the United States south to Argentina and Chile, They are of economic and high cultural significance in East Asia and South East Asia where they are used extensively in gardens, as a building material as well as a food source. In Africa , bamboo fibers have traditionally been used in handicrafts and art, from basket weaving to bag making. Bamboo is very quick growing and does not usually require the use of pesticides and herbicides to thrive. The process of making unbleached bamboo fiber is very light on chemicals that could potentially harm the environment.

Next we may have to find something to make with our bamboo!!

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