In a brick and mortar school, recess is usually a time for children to take a break from learning. In a virtual homeschool world, learning never takes a break! Every time we step outside there is something new to discover.
Today, as we were watching our tortoise tromp around a tree, we spied a small inchworm wriggling in the dirt. I gently picked it up and placed it on J’s small, outstretched hand. “J” gazed, fascinated, as the inchworm began moving up his wrist. As the inchworm steadily crawled up his arm, I laid my finger down. “J” was amazed to see the inchworm cling to my finger and pull the back of it’s body up to join the front. He wanted to know how the inchworm could hold on that way. The rest of our, so called, recess was spent learning all we could about inchworms.
Here are some facts we discovered.
- …is not a worm. It is a member of the caterpillar family—the larvae of a moth.
- …does not have any true legs.
- …moves by gripping with its front legs and pulling, then gripping with its back legs and pushing. That is what creates the loop.
- …camouflages itself as a twig. It can stand up and hold perfectly still.
- …eats the leaves of any plant it is on. It is an “eating machine”.
After exploring inchworms, we found a canning jar and created a habitat in hopes of seeing the chrysalis phase for ourselves.
I also remembered a song sung by Danny Kaye in an old movie, Hans Christian Anderson.
I have always loved the book by Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpiller.
To learn more about caterpillars, check out Iggy Biggy Buggy. This website has some great information for kids about all kinds of creepy, crawly things!
If you are looking for other ways to explore during “recess”, check out a prior post, “How Do You Define Exploring?”.
There is so much to learn right outside your own backdoor! Why not schedule recess right now?
God Bless 🙂