Frogs and amphibians dominated our school this week(5/1-5/4)! As we eagerly anticipated the impending arrival of our butterflies, our minds took a bit of a jaunt toward the pond! The second round of our animal classifications goes to the frogs and amphibians, of course. Check out our resources HERE, which links back for all the animal classes, if you’re interested! Our pinterest board on frogs of course has many of the printables and websites we used! Sorry, no dissection here! Our main focus was how they grow, their key features, comparison to toads, and fun!
Monday we went over the life cycles of frogs and compared them to butterflies and other insects. They did pond art. We watched The MSB Hops Home and the Sci Girls Frog Whisperers episode where they identify frog sounds.
Tuesday we talked about different kinds of amphibians and how to distinguish an amphibian from other critters. I got my hair cut and bought groceries. During swimming for 2 and 3, I took the eldest to craft time at the library, where she made a turtle and a frog and brought a set of materials home for kid #2.
Wednesday we compared toads to frogs and the kids did some worksheets and watched a tree frog sit through the pouring rain all day long on our porch. I played them different frog sounds. They also each took a Mercer Mayer picture book and put words to it.
Thursday we finished out the frogs. I bulldozed them into having some reptile books read to them. They also watched the MSB Gets Cold Feet, which talks about reptiles! They made a ‘leaping’ origami frog, too. It rained all day, again. Even the baby/toddler got in on the school action, trying to scribble at the tiny writing desk.
Friday we excitedly watched the butterflies emerge, one by one. As of 1 am
midnight Saturday, we had 3 4 out of 5! The kids were highly encouraged to play outside after lunch since they’d been inside most of the week. They took it on themselves to check out tadpoles in nearby water and the grown ups came across a tiny snake who was too cold to move, so we let the kids come take a peek as well. So many classes of animals, so little time! They also had a Cinco de Mayo color by number/Spanish color word page and we made Mexican food for dinner!
Back to the Weekend
Over the weekend 4-28 – 4-30 ALL it did was rain. It finally ended Sunday night at the very brink of sundown with a beautiful rainbow. On Sunday the kids went to Sunday school and I put the baby back to bed! She rarely gets a morning nap on Sundays and we all pay for it the rest of the week. We put up the butterfly habitat while the kids were gone just in case something went wrong. After that, everyone got fed (again) and the older 2 went to softball at a local gym while the younger 2 attempted a nap. Then 1-3 all went to their ‘club’ swimming party. The 3rd of course won’t start til next year, but she got to go, arm floaties and all. They got pizza and brownies, so mom doesn’t have to feed them, at least for one night!
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My K-1st kid’s books for the year
My 2nd-3rd kid’s books for the year
You’re definitely keeping busy.
We raised tadpoles every spring, I had a 10 gallon tank on the back porch. Good filtration, screening over the top. My kids remember it fondly.
We did do dissection, but much later. I think they were about 14 and 8 or so.