Let's explore nature!

Week 4 of e-learning at Saint Joseph Catholic School Library

A new way. What is it like to home school?

Did you all know that I home schooled my three children? My son, who will soon be ordained to the priesthood for our diocese, was schooled at home from k-3. My two daughters learned from home up until they were in middle school! I loved those days, but those days were not without challenges. But what may start out as difficult, can become easier with time and practice. All three of my children emphasized that going to school was really great! But here are three positive takeaways they shared from their time learning at home:

1. Comfortable clothes, more time for Lego and Play Mobile cities, playing piano songs of their choice, lots of time outside in all weather. Of course they would say this! They were always sneaking off to build stuff!

2. They learned to do for themselves. At our house, everyone helped with laundry, cooking, cleaning, and shopping --starting from a very early age. My children say these jobs made them feel independent, and it was awesome that they always had a say in what was on the menu.

3. "We learned to get along." Cooperation was important. Family prayer helped, but learning to talk to each other, help one another, and be courteous were skills that had to be learned and practiced since they spent a lot of time together. These are skills they are glad to have as adults.

Each family will have challenges and successes unique to them as this strange year moves forward. Do you already see ways that this new way will be a challenge for your family? What will the benefits be? How will you contribute to making this a success?

Look for the good. Pray often. Remember: You are loved.


Mrs. Moschetto

A Twist on the Easter story! A read aloud for all ages!

Surprising Twist Book Reading of "The Other Side of Easter" - by Beth Gully

Find the eggs! Last year's guest author-illustrator created a picture egg hunt for us!

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Joke of the week

What did one toilet say to the other toilet?

I'm feeling flushed!

Nature Photo Contest!

Use this link to access the rules for the contest. This link has been updated. It will take you to a Google Doc.

Read it online!

It's Natural Sciences Week!

Nesting time! Learn the common birds of Virginia

It's that time of year again! The birds, and other creatures, seem to be happy we are all staying indoors. They are out and about collecting food for their babies.

Fun Fact: A nuthatch is the only species of bird that can walk head first down a tree! In fact, they can walk any direction they want which makes them a fun bird to watch!

Photos of common VA birds here.

Learn the 4 keys to identifying birds from the experts at The Cornell Ornithology (bird study) Lab here

The Mertensia virginica are here!

"One secret to the bluebell’s charm is in its name — naturally blue flowers are so rare that only 10 percent of 280,000 flowering plant species worldwide have blue blooms."

(From the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens blog)

"The flower buds of Virginia Bluebells are pink due to a chemical called anthocyanin When the flower is ready for pollination, it increases the alkalinity of the flower, changing the color to blue."

From Virginiawildflowers.org.

If you go on a hike, look for these amazing flowers where there is water and shade.

Read more about the wild and wonderful Virginia Bluebell from the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, one of the top gardens in the USA, located in our capital, Richmond, VA.


Activity: Start a NATURE JOURNAL

"A journal is a powerful tool. It unlocks creativity; hones observation skills; provides a window into the past; and is the data collection backbone of the scientific process – all while reinforcing important record-keeping skills such as reading, writing, and drawing!" From PLT

  1. Grab a backpack and fill it with a notebook, some colored pencils, a ruler, and maybe a magnifying glass and camera if you have them
  2. Head outside and start observing!
  3. Draw the plants, animals, and clouds that you see. Research what you draw!
  4. Try a "sound page." Sit quietly for about 2 minutes. Make an X in the center of a journal page. In the silence, record what sounds you hear around you....draw a sketch if you can. Lawnmower to your left? Trash truck behind you? Is that a bird in front of you? What's that rustling sound to your right?


Why did the man put the Easter Bunny on his head?

Because he had no hare!


R & R (reading and research) for the week


1. This animal has strong feet and claws

2. Long tongues are common in these creatures.

3. They have been known to damage cars and houses!

What is it?

Guess the scientist:

1. He is known as a conservationist.

2. At one point, people thought he was the dauphin, or missing heir to the French throne!

3. Some people know him as an artist.

Who it is?

Younger students, once you know who this is, sign into WorldbookOnline and read the article in the KIDS tab.

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Learn about animals from the San Diego Zoo! This site has so much to offer!

Geography Puzzle: US Physical Features for the geo-minded!

This is tough! If you are not sure where a feature is located, scroll down and click on the clue.


Do you know the names of these common spring flowers?

After identifying the flowers below, click the red tab to visit a website to see amazing photos and learn more about Virginia's wildflowers, fungi, and more!

How much do you know about ROCKS?

Click the red tab to take this quiz on the Nat Geo Kids website

DIY | How to Make a Bird Feeder (Easy Kids Craft!)
Draw Every Day with JJK: ep. 4 - Proportions
How To Draw A Realistic Bald Eagle Head
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