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Animal Observations at Homeschool Day

by rochelle on Apr. 26th, 2013 4 Comments

We want to thank everyone who attended our spring Homeschool Day on Tuesday, April 23!

The Academy was hopping with Homeschoolers and their families learning in the Academy exhibits, discovering in the Naturalist Center, and observing our animals to collect data. Read more about the activities available at this event HERE.

Save the Date!

Our next Homeschool Day events will take place on Monday, December 9, 2013 and Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

For those who were not at our Homeschool Day event this spring, we invited all attendees to take some time to explore some of the animals at the Academy. Read on to see some of the great work that they did.

Younger learners collected observations on adaptations of reptiles in our Rainforest and Aquarium. Here is the activity guide they used to find their way.

Those who shared their data found reptiles in many colors of the rainbow! See a picture of the chart they made:

Did you see a reptile in the Rainforest or Aquarium? If so, tell us about what colors you saw and how those colors help it survive in its habitat? (You can use the comment option below to tell us!)

Bird Behavior
Older homeschoolers were invited to be an Academy biologist for the day and take careful observations of the behaviors of some of the live birds that we have in our Academy exhibits.

Using this worksheet, kids made tallys of penguin and macaw behaviors.

We compiled all the results into graphs that you can use to compare what you observed at Homeschool Day to what other homeschoolers observed on the same day! See the results here.

Let us know what types of behaviors you and your family saw at Homeschool Day! (Use the comments section below to share what penguin and macaw behaviors you observed.)

For questions about homeschool events, email homeschool@calacademy.org.
If you wish to receive homeschool event updates directly to your email, you can sign up for our homeschool email list by sending us a note at homeschool@calacademy.org.

4 Comments So Far

  1. laura on Aug. 18th, 2013 at 2:33 PM


    We love your Homeschool Days! When should I plan to register for the Dec 9th Homeschool day?

    Thank you,

  2. rochelle on Aug. 19th, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Thanks for your question, Laura! We are still working on all the details for the event, so stay tuned. We will have more information in the fall, so check back in a month or two.

    If you wish to receive our updates directly, you can join our homeschool mailing list by emailing us at homeschool@calacademy.org. Thanks again for your interest!

  3. Mary on Aug. 20th, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Hi, I’m interested in the reserved classes for homeschool. Could you let me know when these are posted and when we can register?

  4. rochelle on Aug. 21st, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Thanks for your question, Mary! We usually announce all the information you need to signup for Homeschool Day and any of the classes offered as part of the event around two months before the event. So stay tuned by checking back on our website or signing to receive updates directly. You can join our homeschool mailing list by emailing us at homeschool@calacademy.org.

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