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Those Moments Where You Wonder…

Today we took total advantage of a gorgeous day and decided to swap out music class for a combination of phy ed and science.   We headed out to our local bike/hiking trail and walked a ways out, getting exercise as well as an opportunity to spot some birds.

It definitely was the perfect day for it, and my ever-observant kids wasted no time in pointing out the different birds and things they found.  Right off the bat we found a nice burrow which left us wondering about the inhabitants.  The droppings nearby led us to believe rabbit, but that burrow was awfully big… my bird-minded daughter thought that there were several birds who might find that burrow nice for a nest.

We’ve been studying birds for science, and there are definitely those days where you wonder if they are even paying attention.  Abigail says it’s the best science she has ever done- she’s fascinated by birds.  In addition to reading our textbook, spring has also found us observing a lot of bird activity in our yard, and we even managed to watch the acclaimed movie “Winged Migration”.    A few weeks ago, on one of the first nice days of spring, Abigail took a notebook and her binoculars outside and spent hours observing and drawing birds.

So today on our walk she had all kinds of opportunities to show off bird knowledge- and that she did!  She pointed out all kinds of birds, and then was able to tell us all about them.   The red-winged blackbirds and robins were most in abundance.  But then we saw the brown-headed cowbird, and Abigail promptly began telling about how they are brood parasites, laying their eggs in other bird’s nests.   We watched some yellow finches taking a drink from a stream, and watched in awe as a brown-tailed hawk swooped over us, looking for it’s lunch.   We saw a small red-headed woodpecker checking out a fallen branch for some bugs, and towards the end of our walk, we saw a pair of killdeer prancing about a pond.   I think Abigail was a little disappointed that they didn’t start acting like they had a broken wing- but I think it may be a little early for them to have their eggs laid.

I was quite proud of my little girl as she observed nature in action.  She’s become an expert bird-spotter and is getting quite adept at using her binoculars to zoom in for the particulars.

We only have two chapters left to explore birds before we move on to flying reptiles and bats, followed by flying insects.   I hope she won’t mind when we change subject matter a little bit.

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Tears This Week

Tears, but in a cute, funny, kindergarten way.

This week I gave Zander something new to work on for language arts.

I gave him a writing sheet with his last name written across the top.   His goal?  Learn to write and spell his last name. He promptly burst into tears.

His big sister gently encouraged him, assuring him that it took her all year in kindergarten to learn her last name.  She challenged him to learn it faster.  He stopped crying and started copying.

Today I gave him markers for the task and he was quite proud of his efforts.

My little boy, my kindergartner has almost finished first grade math without breaking a sweat, and yet learning to write his last name moved him to tears.

Gosh, I love that boy, and I love being his teacher as well as his mom.

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