Our Cottage Co-op just finished out another term. Our topics this time: Nature Study-Birds, Artist-Claude Monet, Habit-Initiative, Hymn-My Father's World, Folk Song-America the Beautiful. As usual, we had our time each meeting for poetry recitation. These were great choices for our group of kids. They really enjoyed themselves and have remembered the bits of information we have given them.
|Here is Olivia with her nature journal. We take them out and draw at co-op as a part of the nature study but she will often come home and finish her drawings or write some about what she learned.|
|This was the bird she picked as her favorite.|
The squirrels had broken our bird feeder a few months back so we took this opportunity to finally get a replacement. It has been nice to have the birds back close to the window so we can observe them. I am amazed how quickly the kids have been able to identify the birds by look and sounds. We have also kept our eyes open for the various nests we see around our yard.
Below are a male and female cardinal having an interaction of some kind. It was funny to watch and went on for several minutes. The female kept ruffing her feathers and chattering away. The male kept getting food from the feeder and feeding her. He even flew away at one point and then came right back to do it again. Mating ritual of some kind?
|woodpecker and ?a sparrow or type of finch (we can't find one just like it in our books)|
|Mourning Doves above and a Robin hidden on the ground below (nice demonstration and lead for discussion of the bird using camouflage) |
In the middle of our term, Olivia got to go to an art class on Monet. Nana took her and she had a wonderful time. It was at Anja's Art Playhouse. This event came at such a great time to correspond with our studies.