One of the nice things about homeschooling is that my kids are around to experience and learn from unexpected situations around home that they might have missed if they were in school.
A few days ago I just happened to look out the window and I saw a little turtle walking right down the middle of our street. I ran out, calling to the kids “hey, there’s a turtle!” and rescued it before any cars came. And then we got to watch it for a while. At first it was scared and did nothing.
The kids trying tempted it with leaves but the turtle was not impressed.
Finally, the turtle (whom Tobi named Shield) got up his courage and started to walk..away from the kids, go figure.
I must admit, the turtle was super cute and when the kids asked if we could keep it, I secretly was wishing we could!
I put him in our recycling bin because he hid under the edge of the garbage can and I was worried the kids would knock the can on top of him. Then I texted our neighbour, who also plans on homeschooling when her kids are older, to see if they wanted to come see the turtle.
We had a good discussion about how to handle a turtle safely to avoid hurting them or being bit. We talked about the difference between turtles and tortoises, and we took note of the markings and colours of Shield to look up later (turns out Shield is an eastern painted turtle.)
Then we got ready to say goodbye and brought him to the river. I meant to get a picture of the great release but my camera suddenly decided to stop working.
Have you and your family made any science or nature discoveries lately? I’d love to hear about them!