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Nature Study: Cottontail Rabbits

ns_rabbits_lgThis week, we looked at cottontail rabbits during our nature study. We frequently homeschool outdoors and we see bunnies hop into the yard to munch on the clover. We saw these rabbits one morning as we were working through our morning basket.Picture 1102Picture 1101Picture 1100Picture 1099Picture 1098We read and Bud narrated the section about Cottontail Rabbits in The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. Comstock suggested creating a rabbit trap to observe the rabbits further so we made one from a plastic milk crate and some sticks. We kept it in the driveway for several days and the kids had fun watching the rabbits grab the bait. We had many rabbits investigate the trap, but no captures.Picture 1109Picture 1104Picture 1103Picture 1110

We also read and narrated Old Man Rabbit’s Thanksgiving Dinner, by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey. It was a wonderful story of nature lore in which an old rabbit serves a generous feast to his forest friends. We have been working on the habit of usefulness so the story tied wonderfully into this virtue.Picture 1108During our nature journaling time, the kids enjoyed popcorn and lemonade and listened to Mozart (our composer this term). I asked them to recall all of our “bunny encounters” this week and paint or draw the images that came to their mind.

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Bud – Age 7

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Peanut – Age 5

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My journal entry

We learned many interesting characteristics of rabbits this week. By observing them, we saw how alert they are to danger. Their ears stand high and alert and their large black eyes keep a watchful eye for predators.

It was a good reminder for the kids and I to keep watch over our minds and hearts. We indeed have an enemy who is always read to take any opportunity to take our focus off of Christ.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8


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