This week we finally explored our cattail. As a child I remember loving the feel of the soft outer fuzz. When I drove by our local church and saw these beauties I pulled over and picked one to bring home!
2 weeks it sat on the desk. Until this week, beautiful, brown and oh-so-soft. Yesterday, the cracks appeared. It was time.
We pulled out our Handbook of Nature Study. We began by reading pages 500-502 together. The lesson starts at the bottom of page 502.
Although the book recommends the study take place in the field, I used the pictures I took to help the girls see what the environment was like. (I didn’t feel like having a lesson on the side of a busy road).
We discussed how cattails needed water. The girls were able to feel the leaves of the plant as well as the difference in the two cattails. Then suddenly it exploded. Bella said, “EWWW”
We learned that the down are called “balloons”. At this point I knew that it would get messy so we went outside. I instructed Bear to wave the cattail around…to see what happens.
At this point she really got into the lesson! We had cattail balloons flying everywhere. The dog was intrigued. She kept sneezing. I was laughing. Memories of doing this as a child flood back into my mind.
Then she stopped. Gabby was looking at her with hands on her hips. “WHAT are you doing? Now we’re going to have cattails all over the backyard.” I laughed. Not unless it floods Gabby. Uncle was laughing at the girls. We went back to shredding the cattail. Even Monkey Boy was enjoying himself.
We may not be scientifically proper during our nature studies; we sure do have fun!
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