Bird walk

Last Sunday we went birding for the very first time. Local Audubon Society does monthly walks in different locations in Denver Metro Area and most of the events are free or low cost. It was a wonderful 3,5 mile walk and me and children learned a lot about spotting, identifying and recording our sighting from Master Birders. We will absolutely be back for another walk at the first opportunity. Find an Audubon Society near you via their website 

There is and excellent book list with activities on Cornell Lab of Ornithology page. We are only just starting our adventure in bird watching, but the simplest activities are easily implemented , the feeder can be built from simple materials at hand such as milk carton or bottle, simply watching birds in one’s own backyard and enter sightings into e-bird database

Some pictures from our outing:

will we be lucky today?

will we be lucky today?

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Oceans

Ocean is a fascinating place, we try to return to this topic often, as kiddos have new questions all the time.

This year a trip to Denver Aquarium prompted us to look at the Great Blue once again. Now, Denver Aquarium is a very nice, yet very pricey place, so I recommend getting a membership, if you plan to return the same year,  this way it pays for itself in about two visits (especially if one uses guest tickets that come with membership). The exhibits are very nice and there is a Mermaid show that little ones especially enjoy!

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say hi

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Learning about Jane Goodall

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Wednesday, April 3 was Dr. Jane Goodall’s birthday. We took this as an opportunity to learn more about this amazing woman and her work.

Both kids are fascinated with animals and D. ,especially takes issue of endangered animals close to heart.

We read Me…Jane by  Patrick McDonnell (published in 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Caldecott Honor of 2012), which is probably kids’ favorite picture book so far, especially C.’s, she identifies a lot with little Jane. We read the book and talked a lot about wonders that surround us, listened to each other  heartbeats. We also talked about dreams that we have and how we should follow them the best way we can.

Then we read  The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter ( published in 2011 by Schwartz & Wade) which gave more details on Jane’s life and included a few quotes by Jane. Kids were very impressed by the extent of Dr. Goodall’s work.

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Activities we did:

Kids were given a task to go and watch animals we have at home (cats and little shrimp D. is raising in a cup of water) and document their observations. C. tried few minutes but in the end she just wanted to play,  D. did a very good job, although he couldn’t help poking the cat to wake him up and see what happens. In the afternoon they also went out and observed horses at the farm near our house and some prairie dogs that run around.

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Second task was to think carefully about things they love and are interested in and create an art journal page. I separated a large sheet of paper into a few sections for C. and did the same in D.’s art journal. Kids then set to draw. D. used watercolor pencils for his art journal

D.'s art journal

D.’s art journal

C.'s work

C.’s work

A couple of days ago we watched  Chimpanzee (2012)a wonderful movie from Disneynature. The movie is very good, educational, touching and although sometimes sad, it was ultimately optimistic and life affirming.