Living here in Michigan, we're never far from water, so doing a pond study sounded interesting and do-able. We could chose to study cattails, frogs, water-fowl or dragonflies this month at the pond. We hunted for cattails earlier this spring, and found few because it was too early, but we've seen so many since, so I knew this was a good place to start.
We headed a few miles down the road to Round Lake, which I've driven past but never stopped. It has a township public access, so we bumped along down the 2-track to the end where the boat launch was. The girls were very excited, and grabbed their glass jars to collect specimens on their race to the edge. I put 21 month Maverick in the stroller (very unsuitable for rough terrain) and we inspected the water's edge. We saw Lily-pads along the edges of the lake and plenty of cattails. We opened one up and checked out the seeds growing inside and compared it in memory to the one from the springtime that was leftover from last fall. We discussed where they grew and where we could find them.
Barb, from the Nature Study blog, cautioned parents to keep an eye on children, and I spent a great majority of my time keeping Maverick out of the water! We read a little bit in our book, Handbook of Nature Study, given to us by another homeschool friend. This has become a great book, and it goes hand in hand with the Nature Study blog. Makenna couldn't wait to take off her sandals and wade a little bit here.
|Lily Pad with Flower|
|The fish she saw in the water|