Sketch Tuesday: Birds

 Thayer’s Gull GraceNotes spends a lot of time in the backyard cavorting on the swing, watching her blueberry bush (she races the birds) and keeping an eye on the fennel (we have more caterpillars!) She also has a gaggle of goslings that she feeds when they sail over, and at one of these dried bread banquets, she is pretty sure she spotted a Thayer’s Gull. This time of year we often see gulls and ospreys and occasionally, a brown pelican, fish in the shallow river water behind our house.   She looked in our National Audubon Society Field Guide to North … Continue reading Sketch Tuesday: Birds

The Hawk

My office, and Grace’s schoolroom, is the former sleep porch perched upstairs in the back dormer of our 1919 Bungalow.  When we look out our windows, we are surrounded by trees.  In the summer, it is a cool green leafy tree house.  In the fall, we watch a squirrel cirque du soleil performance, as they run, play and leap with total abandon in search of pecans from my neighbor’s pecan tree, often sporting nuts hanging from their mouths or clustered in their cheeks!  In the winter, it is a study of bare branches on two sides, and evergreens on the other with the swooping of bird wings … Continue reading The Hawk

Taking a nap…

Actually, I did – take a nap.  In honor of the Sabbath, I rebelled against all expectations (self-inflicted and otherwise!) and curled up with my Netflix Season 3 disk 1 of Burn Notice. Yeah – I know – I’m really behind!  I made it through one episode before I fell asleep.  But, enough about me!  Take a look at the photos we took of a little raccoon friend who decided to climb the oak tree right outside the Schoolroom/Office windows and take a nap for the day!  Now while I get annoyed when raccoons get in the trash, or attempt to make a home in the dormer eaves … Continue reading Taking a nap…

Farming ants…

 Yes!  and it was actually pretty fun! Setting up and maintaining an ant farm in order to watch the behavior of social insects was one of the projects in the Flying Creatures curriculum we worked on this fall – and so you are asking – why are ants in a flying creatures curriculum?  Well, Grace informs me that the Queens fly in order to establish a new colony, with the male ants who have emerged from their pupa stage (conveniently) at the same time.  They swarm, mate, and then the males, well, they die (sorry!) and the Queen begins a new … Continue reading Farming ants…

Beautiful Bugs!

Sometimes not.  Yeah, I know.  But we really enjoyed the section on insects in the Apologia Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day, Zoology 1 book.  We started this study in mid-summer as we were dipping our feet into homeschooling.  It is actually the second section in the book, but author Jeannie K. Fulbright suggests working through these later chapters when insects are out and about!  The initial  “ick” factor has almost been dispelled by knowledge (interesting how that works!) and an informed appreciation of God’s creatures and the amazing way they fit into God’s design! We developed an increased awareness … Continue reading Beautiful Bugs!