Quite by accident, we’ve been enjoying a lot of informal nature study lately. Tadpoles, a turtle, trips to the park, and lots of back yard sitting… I thought you wouldn’t mind if I photo dumped a little. After all, what good is a blog if you can’t share for sharing’s sake every once in a while?
by Vachel Lindsay
There was a little turtle.
He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow.
And he snapped at me.
He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn’t catch me.
“The Turtle” has been one of our favorite poems. Our children have been able to commit it to memory as young as 2 years old. Here is Christian (6) performing it.
My father in law enjoyed Christian’s recital of “The Little Turtle” so much, he picked up a real turtle the other day as he was driving to our home for a visit. The children were delighted!
Lowell (10) had been wanting to catch and keep some tadpoles in our old aquarium. Husband was very obliging and helped him catch 7 with our fishing net. Unfortunately, we were unable to pawn off any of them on our friends at Lowell’s 10th birthday party, so they are all still residing in our mudroom (ha!)
While Husband was at work on Lowell’s birthday, the kids and I celebrated by heading out to a local park for a couple hours after an early lunch. There was lots of digging, splashing, and attempts at catching fish with their bare hands.
And of course, a little relaxing by mama. (In case your wondering, it’s In the School of the Holy Spirit, a favorite book to read over and over again!)
I hope you too are enjoying your summer!