We have been doing nature studies for a weeks now and have really enjoyed easing our way into the Charlotte Mason nature study way.
I have started reading the HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY by Anna B Comstock and we are really starting to get the hang of it.
So, you can imagine my surprise when my daughter took our nature study to a new level by bringing home her first pet.
And here he/she is:
We had been putting off her requests for a turtle for a long time but when it shows up in your backyard on the swingset, it’s hard to continue the “not right now” argument. So…we now have a turtle.
Our nature study has taken on a new level. We started with a web search to begin our search for “what kind of turtle is he? — or she? My daughter has name choices but wanted to find out what type of turtle it is and whether its male or female before she names it. So, we started some more research on the gender of turtles. (This will be more like guessing than knowing but…there are some distinguishing features that would be easier to identify if we had several to look at but…we’ll see what we come up with.) We have looked at pictures and learned a lot about the different types of turtles. She is journaling pictures of her turtle and plans to write the information about the type of turtle he is when we figure it out.
We thought he might be a slider but after a visit to the pet store we are still unsure between a box turtle and a type of slider. (Possibly a female after reading a few sites.) We are going back to speak with aquatics specialist tomorrow. So today we continued our studies of the various types of turtles as we continue to feed him lettuce and apples, give him a little bit of a habitat (which he likes to bury himself under the grass) and watch him. We are anxious to find out what type he is and have certainly learned more about turtles than we would have imagined.
Ah, the nature study…a ballgame I wasn’t quite prepared for!
Anybody else have an unexpected pet thanks to their nature study?