I think the thing I love most about home schooling is the fact that we can go on day trips for school whenever we want. After finishing reading and writing I decided today was a good day for some outdoor learning. I packed the kids up and we headed to the park. We were going to have a bug hunt and learn about the environment they lived in.
We have a nice little park right on the outskirts of town, it has a camping area, eating area, two different play areas, baseball fields and a pond. It is the perfect place to have a bug hunt at.
Alex found his first bug in a matter of seconds. He found a walking stick. We spent some time talking about the bug, taught them about camouflage and that it used its camouflage as a protection device to hide from other creatures that would try to eat it. We watched it climb around on a tree for awhile and then we went back to hunting for another bug.
Next, we found a dragon fly resting on a stick. We were able to get close enough that they could see it really well. I told them how a dragon fly is an expert flyer, it can fly straight up and down and even hover like a helicopter.
Destiny was the next to find a bug, she found a spider and was not very happy about it. Destiny is not a fan of spiders or really any bug for that matter. She had been hunting for a butterfly and found the spider by accident while climbing the ladder. I just told her that spiders are good, they eat a lot bugs that can cause problems for humans and then we took some time to study a spider web she found also.
We also found a bunch of ants. I told them about the way ants build there homes, that an ant can lift 20 times its body weight and that they do not have ears, they “hear” through vibrations they feel with their feet.
After that we just spent some time playing before we headed home. The kids were really excited to tell their daddy about our bug hunt and all the new things I taught them about the bugs we found. I plan on doing more of these on location lessons, next I think we are going to take a trip back to the park and learn about the local plant life.