Quoth the Ravens? “Watch Me Parent.”

The ravens at Wellesley College, in Wellesley MA, have returned for a second year and are caring for three nestlings. Picasso.WomanWithRaven.Watch them live on Wellesley’s  Ravencam.

Check my 2014 post about them. The ideas I shared for teachers are terrific activities for parents to use during April school vacation.

This year, I am mesmerized by the ravens’ parenting skills. Both parents share in the care and are neither helicopter nor “free range.” These highly intelligent birds balance nature and nurture. A sensible balance provides protection and food with support for getting out of the nest and into the world.

You just know that when it’s time, the raven parents will be firm about learning to fly. No going backwards. No hovering. No meeting their own needs through their children’s.   Simply getting on with the business at hand.

 

 

 

Shown: Woman with Raven, Pablo Picasso, 1904.  Source: WikiArt.

 

Hummingbirds Hatch

Lots of people watch hummingbirds at their backyard feeders. But watching their ½” eggs hatch is fascinating.

My local birding store turned me on to Bella and I can’t stop watching. Your students won’t either.

Here’s a science unit that will last a few weeks. Tune in to this site and your students will be immediately engaged.

Have students journal their observations and the questions they discover. That alone will teach them more than any science text could.