High honks and low,
Fast wings and slow,
The skies all one song
That echoes below.
-from "Coming Home" by Beth Sutton, an Enki Education Kidergarten Nature Story
This Canada Goose (actually, there was a pair of them) that we saw on our hike yesterday inspire me to read "Coming Home" (an Enki Kindergarten Nature Story by Beth Sutton) during our Fireside Friday story time last night. It is the second part of a story we read in the fall. In fall's story, Little Goose left her home with her family and flew south for the winter. In this installment, Little Goose flies back home for the first time to the lake in which she was born.
Our artistic digestion for the story today was a combination led drawing/craft. We traced our hands into our Science Good Book, pasted in a goose head and feet cut-outs, google eyes, and real feathers, and then drew a habitat for our geese. This first is J's creation.
Zoo Boy's goose. He was very enthusiastic about the feathers, not so interested in drawing a habitat (guess he thought that goose looked at home in the middle of the lake -- he willingly shaded the entire background in blue).
We also chose our family outing for the day to take place alongside a lake where I was sure we would see some geese on our hike. Here the boys venture out onto a point of land to scan the waters and shore for geese.
Success! A pair appears to be planning on nesting on the island at the lower left of this picture. There's usually a pretty good goose population at this lake, so these guys must be early arrivals. We did note a lot of geese in a farmer's field on our way home from the park yesterday, so they are definitely starting to move through.
My hiking family, enjoying our afternoon stroll by the lake. It was another beautiful spring day!
As usual, I worked alongside the kids while we created -- not only does it promote more enthusiasm in the kids when I'm doing what they are, but it's fun for me too! So here's my goose. Zoo Boy particularly liked the personal greeting I included for Little Goose.