Mr Croak, our Unexpected Substitute Teacher for an Afternoon

The other day I was setting up for an activity outside when I discovered a special little visitor hiding under our paddling pool. I quickly grabbed a critter-keeper from our shed and secured him so the children could get a good look. Their fascination with our new friend, “Mr Croak” inspired me to throw together a quick activity to learn about frogs. While they were preoccupied with snack time I quickly printed and cut out some frog anatomy nomenclature cards for free from Montessori Print Shop and pulled all of our frog books from the shelf.

First the children worked with the cards as they normally would, but stopping occasionally to compare the photos with Mr Croak. We talked about the uses of webbed feet and strong hind legs. Diet and habitat were also discussed.
Impromptu Frog Studies, Suzy Homeschooler (1)

I did read a book about a helpful young frog to the children however they insisted Mr Croak preferred stories about turtles and they “read” him a few including a TMNT comic book, the classic Tortoise and the Hare, and the page from our Finding Nemo book where Marlin meets Crush, the sea turtle.
Impromptu Frog Studies, Suzy Homeschooler (2)

After a few hours of visiting, we thanked Mr Croak for his time and helped him find a lovely bush near some water where we thought he’d be more comfortable.
Impromptu Frog Studies, Suzy Homeschooler (3)

I’m very grateful for Mr Croak’s visit. He taught us about putting aside our trivial plans to explore what excites us, and I hope he’ll come back someday months or years down the road to give us a refresher course.

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