Did you know there are legless lizards? We ran into one living in our yard. I was walking and was startled when I looked down to find what I first thought was a huge (4 inch) caterpillar. I took another step only to see if back down into it’s hole. I ran to get then kids and we waited and kept watching. We were soon convinced that it was a snake. We thought it was probably a juvenile black racer. After some research we found that this is most differently a lizard. It is classified as such because it has ear holes as well as eyelids. Interesting, huh! I love impromptu science lessons! This was just feet from where we had living vs. non-living science experiment.
Today we went to a local wildlife sanctuary to count birds for the Great American Backyard Bird Count. Wow, this was so much more difficult than I would have thought. The place where we went was a 1/2 mile plus board walk over water. We were with a group that was also counting birds. We thought it would be pretty easy but, I guess I didn’t think the plan completely through. We had counted birds a couple days here at the house before we went out to the sanctuary and this was easy because we just sat in one place. This is a better idea. Out there in a huge bird sanctuary, the birds are moving around a lot more, nesting, and all sorts of stuff. We were moving, the birds were moving, it was quiet confusing. We wanted to be useful scientists but this proved very difficult! We did the best we could and if we had any question at all about the type of bird or if we might be counting the same bird twice we simply didn’t count that bird. This is also what it said to do on the GBBC’s website. I think, over all, we did a pretty good job. I hope to do it again next year as well. Next time I plan to stay in one place and let the birds come to me each time I count. Here are some of the birds we spotted on our adventure.
Anhinga nest - Mama and babies
Great Blue Heron on nest
Not a bird but still photo worthy, don't ya think?
Not sure if this is the male or female coming back to the nest with nest fixings
Anhinga (snake bird) in the water
Anhinga nest - Mama and babies
Pie Billed Grebe
Red-Headed Wood Pecker
It is amazing how much fun a box can be to kids. We recently installed cabinets in our home office and let the kids have at it with the two boxes. A week of fun followed. It would have lasted even longer but the sprinklers got the boxes and made the too soggy, they never recovered.
The said cabinets from Home Depot. I'll post photos of our office another time. 🙂
Here are the rules and an example. I wouldn’t call the online game a real game because they do everything for you. 🙂 It is a example of how to play though. Indie liked it and it reinforces his clock/time skills.
This week for science we did a lab learning about living and non-living things. We placed a string in the yard. Yes, it should have been an area that is a little more “wild” but we just winged it and found lots of living things and some not so living. There was even a tiny spider’s web that was perfectly shaped. They had a good time.
Inspecting the area for anything alive.
Logging what they found and making a sketch on one living and one non-living thing found in the area.
After we did our lab, we moved the the back yard to check out our garden. Things look much different though a microscope!
Time to get back to lessons tomorrow. My husband has today (Monday) off so I’m using it as my planning day. It might be a slow start getting back into the groove. We have had 14 days away from a steady schedule….
These cookies are super yummy. I’m taking them tomorrow night to a homeschool Christmas tea/cookie and ornament exchange. Here is the recipe! They are easy! I melted chocolate and dipped the bottom for a little extra yum!
Our first stop this morning was our local zoo. This is how she wanted to spend the morning. We have an annual pass and love to do this.
One of our favorite places to pose for photos at the zoo. Guess I should have pulled her hair back for her. 🙂
This is probably the real reason she wanted to go to the zoo. With all of the public school kids in school, we had the place to ourselves!
After the zoo, we made it home. We had friends over to swim and have pizza and cake. It was a very nice day!
I love seeing J’s personality coming though…