I didn’t want my children stuck inside whilst we home schooled. I wanted them out exploring and learning for themselves. So, we went down to the ponds and streams of the wood.
There was lots to see and because it had rained yesterday, everything was full and bright. The children took off their shoes and socks and ran barefooted like pixies as they hunted animals.
‘Look mummy! A bug!’ my youngest cried.
‘It’a beetle,’ I replied.
‘Little fishes!’ cried another.
I laughed and told them, ‘they are tadpoles. Baby frogs.’
‘They don’t look anything alike!’
Simply, I told the children how frogs grew. Fascinated, we watched the black tadpoles swimming around. Then, we heard the croak croak call of a frog.
‘Can you find him?’ I asked.
Giggling, the children dashed off and I sat back and watched their delight. Soon, my oldest came back with his hands cupped together, a proud smile lighting up his face.
‘What do you have there?’ I questioned.
He opened his hands and a large frog jumped out and landed in my lap. With an echoing croak the frog jumped again into a tall patch of grass.
‘Oh no!’ my son cried and darted after the frog.
I laughed uncontrollably.