We’ve read poetry to our kids since they were little. Parker is currently reading Favorite Poems Old and New. He says he’s not a huge fan, but he loves many of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems. Perhaps, he may come to love poetry, but at least he’s had exposure to great and varied writing.
After discussing poetry, I brought out The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh. We read a few of A.A. Milne’s poems, since Pooh is near and dear to Parker’s heart.
Parker and I looked through this book. He wasn’t feeling inspired, knowing he isn’t really a bug kid, but he suddenly changed his tune when he saw the praying mantis jar.
I knew we had some in our garden over the summer and thankfully I found one. I placed it in our butterfly enclosure and brought him inside. Parker was Ecstatic! We’re trying to think of a name.
Last year, we learned about blindness while rowing The Hickory Chair. Since we already covered the anatomy of the eye, we just briefly reviewed the human eye for this row.
We read about our eyes in Look at Your Eyes by Paul Showers.
Birds and Bird Calls:
We read Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Birds by Jim Arnosky. Parker loves birds. In fact, he really wants a pet parrot. Perhaps, one day we’ll buy one, but we have our hands full with three kids, a lizard and a cat.
For now, we love seeing them on our walks and watching them come to the bird-feeder in our backyard.