17 September 2008

Homeschool Field Trip

Well, OK. It was just a trip to PetSmart and I'm counting it as a "science" hour. We're looking at the animals and noticing the beak and claw types on the birds as outlined in our Lifepac workbook. Birds with long pointy beaks usually use them to dig grubs or insects. Short beaks that aren't sharp usually indicate seed or berry eaters. You can also tell where the bird spends lots of time by the type of foot it has. Webbed feet, of course, mean a water bird, but did you know that three forward-facing toes and one backward usually means it lives in a tree? That backward toe helps it hang onto branches. We saw fish of many kinds and spent the obligatory big bucks after ooh-ing and aah-ing over all the animals. Now at PetSmart: Halloween costumes and porcelain dishes for your animals. Yep. We got a pet toy we didn't need and a couple of birthday cards. Thankfully the boys did not ask for any new animals as they sell about everything you could think of there. While we were browsing, a man came in for his daily purchase of CRICKETS for his toads. Can you imagine doing that every day? I can't imagine you can board your toads at the local vet's when you go on vacation. In any event, expect a short blog post from the little boys soon on their excursion. They have taken several photographs, and I'm sure they'll pick the best to share.


  1. That is a great idea. My kids love looking at the animals too and always beg for a rat.
    I tell them I spend good money getting rid of those things!

    Looking forward to the pictures.

  2. I think it's really nice that you take your kids on field trips!

    Madame Monet

  3. I was in a pet shop the other day.. and hated it! All I could smell were the mice.. so ikky and nearly made me throw up! Not a nice shop me thinks! AS for your your comment... of course I live with small children... and have for 29 years! What made you think I didn't??? Griffin and Brylee are not as young as they used to be now, but my house has always looked like it does now! Ok, new house, but same look!

  4. OH I read you bought BIRTHDAY CARDS! OOOO hope one was for me!!! lol

  5. Yep, it has a doggie on it and it's in the mail. The other is for my mom and she's 9 years older next week :]

  6. Mrs. C-
    Thank you for your support and mention of our LifePac Curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications. We would appreciate it very much if you would please post a link from your blog to our web site. (http://www.aop.com)
    Thanks and have a wonderful day!



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