Science Lab: Living or Non-Living

Hi! I’m Leslie- a homeschooling momma to a 5 year old girl and 20 month old boy.  The 2 are as different as night and day.  I share our adventures here to both inspire learning at home and chronicle our lives, because honestly, I never started the baby books and my kids will just have to look back on their childhood through this blog… ha! #keepinitreal
It’s Biology week with Mother Goose Time!
Our week started with Living and Non-Living things. 
The Community Challenge question: “What do you think you need to live?” really solidified some discussions we’ve been having at home anyway.
Anyone else’s kid saying, “Momma, I wish I had….” or “Momma, I want a…”
Not gonna lie… I’ve been singing an oldie but a goodie that my momma sang to me whenever I started a case of the “I wish I had…” or the “I wants…”
My girl now sings that chorus all the time. LOL! 
Anyway, we had great discussion about what we truly need to survive .  We made hand motions for the main things we need to survive: 
food, water, oxygen, clothes, and shelter.
MGT sent 2 activities: a Is It Living? question board (with yes’ and no’s) and a sorting activity called Living/ Non-living Sort.  I combined the two activities.  Using the cards from the sorting activity, I had my daughter answer the questions from the Is It Living? question board.  By doing this, she could determine if something was living or non-living.
After sorting many of the cards, we ventured outdoors to find living and non-living things.  
I grabbed my giant Newsprint paper pad (that I hadn’t used since taking art in college, but it has been the most helpful pad of paper lately!), a few crayons off the floorboard of my car, and had my girl look around outdoors.
Some items she found on the ground, some she saw, but all of them she sorted between living and non-living.  I just had to do the writing. 
As we were looking around, she came across this Katydid on one of our zinnias.  I thought it was a grasshopper honestly, but a friend of mine pointed out that it was actually a Katydid.
They are similar to grasshoppers, but the cool thing about this particular Katydid, is we’ve seen her before!  She has been in our garden quite a few times always perched on this particularly orange zinnia.

Avaleigh watched her new found friend for quite some time.  My daughter tried very hard to coax her new friend on to a stick but to no avail.  That Katydid was not wanting anything from my girl.
Taking time to observe and play in nature is one of the things I really want to instill in my children.  There is something that just makes me feel so good when I can step outside in the sunshine and just breathe in His goodness.
Hoping you get to breathe in some of that this week! 
Have fun with those littles! They won’t be little for long I am finding out.

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