Pond study

These photos are almost 2 weeks old now, hence the snow in the background. At the time I wanted to write a little "pond study" post to go along with them but then thought how fun it would be to collaborate with Mariah at Playful Learning. Her educational blog posts have links to resources, books and even how-to videos. If you have young kids you are parenting or homeschooling I recommend you check it out.

So, anyway (I ramble) we decided to do a collaboration and it took us a couple weeks till we were both ready to post. For my part I am mostly interested in sharing pictures and a couple good books.

The kids and I have enjoyed reading the following pond related books:

If you want to do some pond study of your own grab a couple plastic dishes, pipettes, nets, magnifying glasses, maybe some identification books and head to the nearest pond.

If you live locally you can find pipettes at the Share Center in Auburn and a great pond is at Pineland in New Gloucester. Of course this time of year you can find ponds in many places.

For more resources and pond study ideas visit Playful Learning's pond post. And now get out there and have some fun!

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  • Mariah@Playful Learning

    Mariah@Playful Learning on April 14, 2009, 11:40 a.m.

    Thanks for the wonderful experience! It is fun collaborating across web... It would be fun to include more people and do simultaneous explorations.

    On our next pond adventure we would like to take a closer look at the water and the wonderful microscopic life that exists within it. I will show the girls your post for inspiration!


  • Tara

    Tara on April 14, 2009, 12:56 p.m.

    Just came over for a visit via Playful Learning and so glad I did! My son and I have been exploring our pond for the past several weeks.... and we're in Maine too.

    I'll be sure to check back often.

    Your photographs are amazing.


  • lisa @ 5 orange potatoes

    lisa @ 5 orange potatoes on April 14, 2009, 3:11 p.m.

    I just found you site through Mariah at Playful Learning. I love it. I raise my girls loving nature and I also homeschool. We were planning a pond study this week, but a virus has hit the homestead. Hopefully all will be feeling better soon so we can get out there!


  • nicola

    nicola on April 14, 2009, 4:20 p.m.

    must go look at playful learning. in the meantime, i love the visuals and links. it reminds me of thoreau's walden.

    nicola's last blog post... just a reminder


  • Ellen

    Ellen on April 16, 2009, 7:50 p.m.

    Oh, this brought back happy memories! As a child I spent hours exploring the ponds near where I grew up. And thank you for the book recommendations, we'll have to try some of them out, too!

    Ellen's last blog post... I confess.


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