Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Better known as Killer Whales and better still known as Shamu. :)
Today's learning time was spent on these incredible creatures and WOW they are beautiful and frightening!
I read some basic facts while Jonathan colored a couple of pictures: a plain coloring page, and one that notes different body parts.
Then we watched a couple of videos: the birth of a baby orca at SeaWorld, and a few minutes of swimming through the glass at an aquarium.
We also had a little lesson on the food chain and the facts of life and death. Jonathan was sad that the penguin died, so I followed it up with a talk about how in heaven, animals wouldn't ever need to kill each other in order to eat. He was quiet, but I think he was ok.
It also helped that in this one, the penguin gets away. Crazy penguin!
We finished up with an orca puzzle, and afterward Jonathan gave me a hug and said "I love you, Mom." I think he's enjoying our time together. I certainly am. It is good to have some focused time with Jonathan when I can really appreciate his four-year-old-ness!
(I decided to pay for a year's access to Enchanted learning - $20 - so that I could use their extensive resources without bothering with advertisements or too-small pictures. In the weeks that I've been doing this sort of work with Jonathan, Enchanted Learning is almost always one of my go-to sites for coloring pages and information, so I think that it will be a good investment.)