Friday, September 2, 2011

Entry 30

Our first Nature Walk of our new school year September 1, 2011...
 First we stopped by the Woodard Homestead again for a look at the cat tails...
And to borrow nets for our pond dipping...
 Using the prompts from the Handbook of Nature Study blog..
we looked for insects around the cattails.. we saw a green dragonfly...
a few butterflies...
And this busy little bumble bee....
 We visited Farmer Frank's pond.. and we hope to return often. 
Our favorite sight was the beautiful Lantana bush overflowing with butterflies. 

  One goal of our walk was to study and observe dragonflies and damselflies...
these fast orange little buggers were extremely difficult to catch on camera...
this was the best of about a dozen shots....
Our pond dipping yielded several minnows, a very interesting 
Mayfly nymph, and a speddy little Whirligig Beetle.
(We initially identified the Mayfly nymph and Whirligig with our
Handbook of Nature Study,
then confirmed our guesses with a google search on the iPhone)

 This black and blue butterfly was difficult to capture with wings spread...
but eventually we did!
 The children got a good jump start on their nature journals..
we had been sketching occasionally throughout the summer,
but not with a purposeful subject to study.
Kaylee tagged along with her never been used nature notebook and rubbed a pecan,
oak and maple leaf for her very first entry. 
We enjoyed such a wonderful first walk of the year!
More on our walk will be posted on Promise Christian Academy.

1 comment:

Family W said...

We just found cattails last week! :-)