Parts of a Jellyfish

Hello, Mr. Jellyfish. You are quite a mystery… do you have a brain? A heart? Eyes to see who you’re free-floating into? I think you’re a pretty fascinating creature, but your long stringy things sure do sting. I’m curious to learn more about you so that I can respect you more… because you are one …

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Parts of a Fox II – Making Clay Foxes

Once upon a time there was a cheeky little fox named Foxy Sasha who loved playfully pouncing on little anoles in the forest… After learning about the Parts of a Fox using beautifully hand-drawn¬†nomenclature cards from The Montessori Company, creating this clever little fox creature with clay is a great follow-up. Using clay is highly …

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Parts of a Fox I – Nomenclature Cards

Foxes have always been a special animal on my family’s totem. You can most often find them in children’s literature based on fairy tales and magic. To go along with our Parts of the Fox adventure, we thoroughly enjoyed watching The Little Prince, researching how the spirit of the fox can help emotionally in times …

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Owl Pellet Dissection I

When I was in college, one of my favorite final exams was in my ichthyology lab course (the study of fish). We had to take the head of a mysterious fish and identify it, boil it in a pot of water at home, collect all of the bones and cartilage that settled at the bottom …

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Fun With Microscopes II

In Fun With Microscopes I we learned a little about how a microscope works by bending light in the lens to make an image larger, and that we can take photographs of the object through the eyepiece. In this post, I’ll show you how to attach insects and larger specimens to the base of the …

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Fun With Microscopes I

Oh microscope, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Microscopes have to be one of the coolest inventions ever (the actual inventor is up for debate, but many vote for Zacharias Jansen, and later refined by Anton van Leeuwenhoek). To be able to manipulate a small amount of light enough to bend …

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