Homeschool Update: Life’s Cycles

Last week Kale and I visited the fire pond through the woods and scooped up some tadpoles, frog’s eggs, and salamander eggs.  Every spring for the past 8 years we’ve gathered what we can scoop with our nets:  caddis fly, damsel fly, and mosquito larvae, and more often than not, salamander eggs.  

I’m always surprised when we carry out a project that I feel as though we’ve done a dozen times, that at least one of the the kids is experiencing it in a new way.  Which of course means that we all do, as we take in one another’s new understanding.  Such is the beauty of multi age, cyclical learning.  



We’ve been trying to identify them with a few resources we’ve found online.  Primarily identification is based on eye placement (dorsal or lateral), tail shape, coloring, and intestinal visibility.  Plus, egg shape, location, and timing.  We have 4 big guys that we’re pretty certain are Green Frog tadpoles either 1 or 2 years old, and newly hatched Wood Frog tadpoles.  We’re feeding them boiled lettuce, plus they get new water from the pond every few days.


And, our Broody Bonnie  (a gift from a friend when none of our own hens would sit) just hatched out 3 sweet little chicks.  Mama is a Buff Orpington, but the chicks were all egg donations from Mimi’s flock of Black Australorps, with an Aurocana father.  They are black and yellow and so super cute.  So far 3 have hatched, one is clearly dead (cracked and smooshed), 2 eggs that she’s still sitting on, and one missing egg?!  Not sure what could have happened to the last.  If the other two don’t hatch in a day or two we’ll see if we can come up with a few extra chicks to sneak under her.  She is a very persistent and patient mama.  



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  1. How fun! I don’t think we will be doing tadpoles this year, since we are getting ready to move, but I may change my mind. We are watching a praying mantis egg case, some nesting boxes with baby bluebirds, and a robin nest. You may want to consider keeping the eggs and tadpoles outdoors so you don’t alter the rate of development compared to those left in the pond.

    The chicks are so sweet. It is so interesting how the some chickens will adopt and care for foreign eggs and chicks, while other chickens won’t even care for their own eggs.


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