Life is moving along.
Peter is recovering from his cornea transplant.
He’s been such a good and patient kid.
He still needs drops four times a day, but now only needs to wear this guard at night.
We’re wrapping up nature quest.
(Patrick playing in the creek at Cromwell Valley Park)
One more trail to go and we’ll be in the running for prizes at “Nature Quest Fest 2015” which is this coming weekend.
Learning goes on as it does.
During the month of October the littles and Pete are studying biomes, first terrestrial and then we’ll take a dive into the aquatic for a week or two.
This week its a little bit of both with study of wetlands.
We’re talking about:
- Climate: how it affects the specific ecosystem, the types of plants and animals that can live there
- Biodiversity: examples of how everything relies on everything else
- Adaptations: how animals and plant adaptations are suited to their habitat
- Biomes: different types of ecosystems within each biome designation (rainforest vs. deciduous, salt marsh vs. swamp, etc.)
We’re reading about them.
- Explore a Spooky Swamp – This great book follows two children as they explore the Okefenokee – out of print but used copies are available
- A Day in the Salt Marsh by Kevin Kurtz
- Life in a Wetland by Alan Fowler (Rookie read about science -used copies available)
- The Great Animal Search “Steamy Swamp” two page spread
We’re watching videos about them:
“The Magic School Bus Gets Swamped”
“Bill Nye the Science Guy: Wetlands”
For a social studies tie-in we’re learning about famous deserts, wetlands, grassland, forest and rain forests in North America.
This week we’re watching these videos:
Nature Wonders : Everglades USA
Realm of the Alligator (Okefenokee swamp)
Bee is researching and marking the famous places on our map of the United States.
Friday, the plan is to wrap up the wetland study with a visit to Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary which Lily marked out on our Maryland highway map.