We Found a Crayfish!

One of the things I enjoy about homeschooling is the flexibility of our schedule. The other week the boys were outside and found some crayfish laying in the road. They rescued the one that was alive and Otter spent a great deal of the rest of the day observing this interesting creature.

Crawfish, crawdad, crayfish

We put him in Otter’s critter keeper and fed him some tadpole food we had in our school closet. The nice thing was that it didn’t matter if it was math time or time for grammar. We stopped everything for awhile to look up some information online about our new, temporary pet and watched all the fascinating things s/he was doing. I love that we are able to do that.

Every kid should have a critter keeper. We’ve used ours for all sorts of temporary guests like spiders, a giant grasshopper, a praying mantis, frogs and other interesting “things”. They are easy to clean and you can feed whatever is inside without taking the entire lid off. At just a little over $5, it’s a bargain too!

We’re moving along in our WinterPromise program: Adventures in Sea & Sky. Things are a little dull in the current section because Otter has already studied quite a bit about the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart. He did enjoy some recent craft projects though – related to the things he’s learning. While studying about air, he made a pinwheel:


For a weather craft he made a rain stick:


Otter pushed small nails into a paper towel tube along the seam. Afterwards he put in a handful of rice and we closed off the ends. When you tip the tube the rice falls over the nails and makes a sound like rain.

Rain stick

Bear has stopped using WP’s program and started up Sonlight’s Core 200: History of God’s Kingdom. He needed a more meaty core to work with, but will still be dabbling in a few of the books and movies Otter will be using from WP.