As part of The Outdoor Hour Challenge's August Newsletter, the kids and I partook in the first part of our pond study.
It was drizzling the whole time we were there, so there wasn't much activity. And, it was slippery, slimy wet and Brynne and I were terrified of the possibility of a slippery, slimy snake, so we didn't dig into our study like we would normally do.
Walking around the pond we did find an egg. It was small and a tad bit squishy. A snake egg, perhaps?
I collected tons of different leaves for Dawson's Apologia Biology Module 14 study while he and Brynne sat down to sketch. I had them look for something big to sketch and then concentrate on a smaller detail of it to sketch in a detail box (suggested by the newsletter).
Brynne sketched a leaf, some water, a rose (that wasn't there) and a log and made a detail box of the bark on the log from an up-close photo I took. (Again, she was too scared of snakes to get too close, so she sketched from the photo.)
Dawson sketched the pond and a tree and drew detail of the small nodes on the tree. He had his sketchbook propped right up to the tree when he drew the detail.
I spotted a tree with a fungusy mushroomy thingy (very technical terms, I know) growing out of the side of it. So, I sketched the tree and made a detail box of the "thingy".
We didn't see any cattails, or frogs, or ducks, or dragonflies, so no detailed study of any of them could occur. Next week, though, we'll go back in search of them again, and plan to dip out some pond water to observe.
We will visit that pond often, because it's a great place to study nature, so I know that our pond study will really occur all year.