Moonshine and I have been working on some human and animal studies this month. Right now we're having fun with snails... it took us quite a bit of poking around to find some that the birds hadn't already eaten in our garden. Every morning there is a scattering of broken shells all over the place. The birds must be having quite an early morning feast. If I were a snail, I would be hiding, too!
One thing I could thank the birds for was that they made it quite easy to examine the inner spiral of the shells. So perfect! They reminded us of a spiral ceiling we saw in Barcelona this past summer.
After digging around a bit in the garden, we unearthed a couple of live snails to investigate. Then we made good with some empty shells and modeling beeswax to make some snails for the nature table. Moonshine was so pleased with how they came out -- a mama and a baby! So precious together!
Moonshine was hungering for some lovely stories this week, so we read the snail stories included in Jacob Streit's Animal Stories. I've been looking for a copy of this in English for years, and I finally found one a couple of months ago. It would have been perfect for Grade 2, but we're happy to have it at all. I think it's just as applicable to the Grade 4 study anyway. Perhaps I chanced upon our copy at the right time after all.
Just by luck I came across an interesting BBC video about the sounds tiny insects make, including snails. Fascinating stuff!
Moonshine and I have also been talking about crafting some animals for our study. I found the cutest pattern for crocheted snails here. At first glance it looks to be a bit complex for my mediocre crocheting skills, so we may just end up making it up. I'm thinking it will be fun to try.
But not this week. This week I have undertaken a HUGE project which is eating up all of my extra bits of time. Not that I have many extra bits, but you know what I mean. Hopefully, I'll be able to show you that huge undertaking tomorrow.