Today I challenged my kids to find something living outside, draw it, and write what they observe.
This large, fuzzy caterpillar (which I hope will become a beautiful butterfly; please don’t tell me it will morph into a giant moth!) captivated the kids’ attention.
David wrote (with spelling corrected), “It has segments.”
Vi drew a side view of the caterpillar; then she came and told me all about its face. I encouraged her to draw it and write what he observed. She wrote (with spelling corrected), “On his face he has orange spikes, and he has a funny cat-shaped sort of mouth. He is very interesting, very scared of something even being moved [nearby]. Yellow and red and white. There are segments on his body, so his hairs grow in tufts.”
Clearly we need to work on spelling, but I was pleased with all the kids’ observations and how pleasantly absorbed yet collaborative they were with the task.
It’s true, science starts in our own backyard.