Monday, December 04, 2006

Australian Animals

Our little homeschool science coop wrapped up my unit on Australian Animals today with a trip to the zoo to discover all the wonderful Australian Natives we have living here. It was cold, really cold, but we had a great day. The kids did a wonderful job with drawing and writing in their Safari books and finding great animals. The cold winter-like days of December, January and February always seem to bring us such funny animal encounters when we go to the zoo. Today we had a snow leaopard literally get up on it's hind legs and wave his front paws at us as we waved to him, a kookaburra laughed hysterically along with the kids and one of the koalas was actually awake and the kids got to see him walking around and hop from one branch to another. It was a great day to visit the zoo.

I will admit I am also happy that my unit is now complete. We are a coop so each family does a unit and while it is a lot of fun, it is also a lot of work. I was lucky though and was able to use the framework for the African Animals unit I did last year and just revamped it with Australian animals instead. It is a fun unit which is really about the biomes of a particular continent. We learn about the biomes of that continent and then about the animals that call each one home. Australia was actually very interesting and has a very unique evolutionary history that explains why it has such wildly unique animals. I really enjoyed getting to learn so much more about it.


APKimberMama said...

It sounds like fun. Sometimes I really think that homeschooling would be more enjoyable in a progresive area. It is really hard to build a diverse, inclusive homeschooling group in a religiously and politically conservative county.

Blissfulbee said...

Yeah, it is a big difference between here and even VA. Although once we had made the connections with other more like-minded families it became much better. We only had six families in VA in our little group, but it was great!
Our Science coop is small too, but fun and the kids all get along really well. I am very grateful to have it in our lives. Most of the people in the science coop are also in Roots & Shoots with us, so that is helpful.