Never make a promise you can’t keep?

So every week the kids at school get to choose library books to bring home with them.   Yesterday, we finally had a moment to devote our storytime routine to these new selections.

tadpoleThey are always different and great but one particular book stood out to me, simply because it opened from top to bottom and not left to right.

It tells about a love between a tadpole and a caterpillar, in which a promise is made for them to never change.  But alas, the tadpole will change and begins doing so, daily.  He sprouts legs, arms and then ultimately loses its tail.

The caterpillar is repeatedly disappointed, as well as, brokenhearted.  She chooses to abandon the one who has deceived her by failing to keep his promise to never change.  During this farewell she disappears into her cocoon.

Once she has reemerged (now a beautiful butterfly of course) she realizes that she wants to give her tadpole another chance because she misses him so and was perhaps hasty in her decision to have ever let him go.

When she flies over to the nearest frog to ask if they’ve seen her tadpole, she’s swallowed up whole!  This frog (formerly her beloved tadpole) was completely unaware of her own lovely metamorphosis.  Both of these creatures had become unrecognizable to each other and now only the frog remains, left to sit and wonder just longing for her return.

frogHis love is gone forever and he will never know why.

Although I expected each of them to change accordingly (despite their foolish promises) I was not expecting the frog to devour the butterfly, at all.  But I suppose that’s just your typical day in the life of an insect eater, I guess.

My child on the other hand was more than amused, not yet able to grasp the fact that in addition to the nature lesson being told, there was a profound message in there about life, love and loss.

Every now and again we find ourselves touched by the poignancy inside of a children’s book, such as The Tadpole’s promise.

It’s a pretty special book, in my book.




Thunder, Lightning.

It’s not just the little ones that want to run under the covers during a thunderstorm.  It’s pretty scary for everybody, even when you’re indoors.

Trying your best to calm a child through one isn’t always easy and even more difficult if you also happen to lose power which can happen sometimes.

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We’re always talking about the weather, but it was time to go beyond the temperature and what to carry with us when its raining.  Mainly because I wasn’t able to explain this intimidating force of nature to myself, much less a child.  I think we all know at the very least, that it’s dangerous to be outside at the time.

I knew thunder was loud and frightening, but does it always follow that flash of lightning?   Thankfully, the Weather Wiz Kids had us covered, like an umbrella.   You’ll find the answer to the question under Thunderstorms along with the causes, patterns and helpful safety tips.  We also learned a new math game we can play during the next storm to find out how far away it is from us.

Also, try saying cumulonimbus clouds really fast? Soft Schools has more facts about them.  Ever heard of Upward Lightning?  Find it in this list of 10 Natural Phenomena You Have To See To Believe.

When the lights finally came back on, we played How’s the Weather? by Super Simple Songs.

Later, when I needed a push to face the dishes that were on hold during the outage, I knew just what I wanted to listen to during Mom Me Time about thunder, lightning.

Blue-footed birds

I love nature programs and the awesome activity of wild life that’s captured on camera.

18156210_774152976086203_4368990075005697863_oWhile surfing through Netflix titles, I stumbled upon a BBC documentary about Galápagos.  Episode one is entitled Born of Fire.  Funny, I was in the mood for comedy so this was truly an unexpected turn.

I love nature programs and the awesome activity of wild life that’s captured on camera. I remember watching PBS on television while growing up and the inevitable fate of prey due to their status on the food chain.  However, this was not the familiar scene with the king of the jungle chasing wildebeest as they do.  Instead, it’s a hawk flying back to its nest with an iguana to feed its young, or an injured bird falling victim to (of all things) a crab on land and everything amidst volcanic life. Though I must say, it’s hard to tell the difference between reptile and rock out here, too.

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With a life that’s become centered on early learning fun, it was clear there was more than enough here for a science and nature theme. Subsequently, I came across a home school curriculum on the Guest Hollow website that led to coloring pages and more. Some silly sidebar, I suppose Teenage Mutant Ninja Tortoises would not have been as catchy?

The Mother Nature Website lists 14 unique species found on the Galápagos Islands linking to the mating dance of Blue-footed Boobies. You’ll find many more images of these beautiful birds on National Geographic and Pinterest, but what’s the story behind their name?

Photo found on Tumbler that made me smile.

You’re very welcome.

Kids keep me busy with things like this but so does the kitchen and food happens here.