Monday’s foray to the pond was more about discussing what we were going to do, which tree we might want to study for a year, the best place to test the water and so forth. C10, who loves to draw and write, made notes and drew a lovely picture of the Mandarin duck which currently resides in our pond. T11 loves to take photos, so he clicked away to his heart’s content and L10 simply observed-she had plans on the return home.
I tried to capture the pond and its residents:
And the Mandarin duck but only managed a photo from the distant:
We chose a tree for our year-long study and got off to a great start as none of us, not even mum could identify it!
We left it at that and journeyed the short distance home. Whilst I was busy putting B2 down for a nap, I could hear much industry going on in the living room. T11 had picked up feathers and a beautiful leaf and had put them up on a display board (no photos, I’m afraid), whilst L10 did an impromptu presentation on the Mandarin duck:
Whilst I schooled A4 the children enthusiastically attacked the task of collaging the rather bare cover of the A2 art pad, which was to be our family pond study journal for the year. I gave them some photocopies and a nature book I knew we would never use to cut and paste. It reminded me of when I was a teenager-I did this to all my photo albums outside and in!
And the final product:
We collected the few bits and bobs T11 had brought home and pressed them in our flower press. We would try to identify the leaf once it was flat and before we stuck it in the journal:
Once everything was dry (the journal), and flat(the feathers and leaf) we gathered notes, pictures, developed photos and began making our page for the month of March. There are 15 pages in the book and we have decided to make one double-sided page per month. With the extra sheets at the back, we will include tables and graphs of the water ph, maybe some weather charts and tree pictures (and anything else we might think of later on). We’re already looking forward to next Monday!