You would come to expect that as a Charlotte Mason homeschooling family, nature studies are part of our routine. I have so many amazing memories of my older son finding frogs all the time. I was still developing into a nature lover at that time, so it was grossing me out to see him holding the frogs with bare hands, I mean they give you worts, right? So, as you can see in the picture, I made him wear working gloves when he picked them up, because they pee on you as a defense. I'm completely serious here!
How to Study Frogs
Learn about Frog Habitats
If you don't know where to look for frogs, you may still be lucky to come across one because they seem to be everywhere. I still can't tell the different between a frog and a toad, but my children can and that is all that matters. My children laugh at me if I point out a frog and it is a toad.
Spring time is a great time to find tadpoles at the edge of fresh water. You may even want to take a few home to see if you can watch them morph into a frog.
Learn to Identify the Different Kinds of Frogs
There are a few frogs that your children may want to learn about that can be poisonous, however they are only in certain areas in the world and most people will never see one in real life. My children loved learning about them still.
There are many different kinds of frogs. Some live in water and others live in trees. I love seeing tree frogs because their feet are so different from a frog that lives in the water. They are some frogs that grow to be very large and sound amazingly deep voiced, while other frogs can sound quiet and high pitched, unless there are a lot of them and then you can enjoy a night's chorus.
Learn What They Eat
Like taking care of turtles, my boys have loved to catch and observe frogs. They always have a place to keep them. They build up a habitat for that specific frog and sometimes they have learned from trial and error, but they have conquered the skills of caring for a frog for a few days.
Some frogs eat vegetation and others eat insects. If you plan on keeping them to observe, you need to be sure you are providing the right food for them or you may harm them instead.
Journal the Turtle
Once a frog was found, even if they provide a homemade habitat to observe it, we would take a photo of it, so they could journal about it later and write the name of the kind of turtle in their journal to help them remember it. They would often times add their foods they ate and the habitat they found the turtle in while exploring.
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