How I Harvest Hickory Nuts

hickory tree

This is how you harvest hickory nuts. You have to a hickory nut tree. The bark is jaggedy and there are many lobed leaves on each branch.

ripe hickory nut

This is how you know the nuts are ripe: it has to be brown and also green. When it’s hickory nut season you let them fall down and pick them up off the ground.

Lil using bench vice

You have to have a vice to crack them. It’s hard to crack the shell open. Squirrels crack the shells open with their teeth.

After the squirrels drop the nuts, they can hit the roof of the garage or the ground. It gets the ground kind of messy so watch out for that.

inside of hickory nut

The meat is ripe when it is light brown. It tastes kind of like pecans. I usually eat them raw.

hickory nut meat

I like doing hickory nuts because the inside is yummy.

Reposted from my mama’s blog, Hounds in the Kitchen.

My Terrarium

child tending terrariums

What I like about my terrariums are that I can make more homes for other animals and I have fun making terrariums.

This is how I make them: first, I put some dirt in a plastic container. Then I put the moss in on top and if I can I’ll find some rocks and wood to put in because pill bugs like rotten wood, I think. I find the moss in the alley. There’s moss growing near the big church.

centipede in terrarium

My two terrariums have three different kinds of bugs. One of the terrariums only has pill bugs and centipedes. The other has some centipedes, pillbugs, and one caterpillar.

pill bugs in terrarium

I take care of my caterpillar. I put a cotton ball soaked in sugar water so the caterpillar can drink the sugar water. And I’m seeing how the mustard greens are doing with the caterpillar, if the caterpillar likes the mustard greens.

Every week or every day I water the terrariums. Sometimes if I put too much water in, I realize that it might sink the bugs or drown them so I take all the bugs out of the terrarium.

I think that all of the kids should be able to make terrariums. Just follow my instructions and that might teach you how to make your own terrarium.

Lil Tells About Her Square Foot Garden

Lil In The Bahamas

When I was in the Bahamas, the first day we were in a different island. It was a small town called Nassau.

First we got into our hotel. It was really nice. Outside of our hotel it was like a big rest stand and there was a hammock chair. And then we ate lunch at a beach and there was a big boat. The boat got stuck in the sand and there was big construction to remove the boat.

peanut man on beach

And then we got to San Salvador island.

flounder spear fish

When we were at San Salvador island, we caught a flounder. It was bony and I didn’t really like it.

coconut opening

The next day me and Papa tried to open a coconut. It took a long time. Mama’s wrote about how to open a coconut.

tidal pools bahamas

Then after that day, we went to the tidal pools. We saw lots of snails. And I liked to pick them up and remove them to a different place.

boy jumping on sand

And then after that, we met three boys and they showed us how they did tricks on the beach.

weaving palms

Me and Gram were weaving mats from dried up palm tree leaves. mangrove swamp bahamas

Then we went to the mangrove trees. A mangrove is a type of tree that lives in the Bahamas near like lakes and ponds and creeks. We saw snails living on the mangroves.

touching fresh fish

Then Alex caught a triggerfish. We cleaned it and cooked it and then we ate it.

hearth ruins

Then in the Bahamas we went to a old castle. And we stood in the old hearth.
lil with sea urchin

I found two sea urchins. Then we went home.

My favorite thing in the Bahamas was seeing all the cool fish and swimming and building sand castles.

The Chicken In The Snow

child-drawn comic about a backyard chicken

The Squirrel Parts

squirrel parts illustrationHow we saw the inside of the squirrel is that Papa hunted a squirrel. We took apart the body. I was grossed out a little. I touched it with gloves. It had humungous teeth. We were also surprised in it because it had a lot of fat in it. It had fat all around the kidneys.

And Papa cut open the liver and the heart and the stomach. It had stored seeds in its belly for the winter I think.

We kept the meat to eat.

I wrote this picture because I was just really interested in the squirrel.

lil’s tree climing

Down by the chrch there is a tree I can clime.

(Lil typed the title and text for this post all by herself!)

The Pupa

Me and Kaitlyn met at the nature center at East Harbor State Park. We watched a monarch caterpillar that was J-shaped at the top of a cage. First we waited a long time.

Then it started peeling its skin off. The skin came off from a crack in its head. It wiggled and waggled. Underneath the skin was a pupa. It was green and as long as a worm but fatter.  The caterpillar skin shrinked up and then it fell off. The pupa was fully made.

caterpillar on milkweedmonarch caterpillar metamorphasis

caterpillar split skin pupacaterpillar skinmonarch pupachild and adult watching monarch metamorphasis

Later that evening we saw its chrysalis.

I really like the nature center. I learned that when dragonflies are made, the larva eats baby mosquitoes. They shed their skin and then they come out as a grown up dragonfly.

How I Homeschool

man holding molting crawfish

We found a crawfish when we were hiking. It just molted.

Homeschooling means that you have school at home. Your mom teaches you different things with math books. I learn by sounding out and looking at the pictures. Now I’m just really good at reading.

Go to a museum called the Historical Society because you can see lots of bones about different things that lived in the past. I just like going to museums to see all over the world what it was like in the past.

Sometimes I watch nature shows that teach me about the world. I go outside and make discoveries. I like taking hikes, it’s also a good use of energy.

I just like homeschooling a lot.

Lil Making Cherry Pictures and Jam

cherry picturesI love making cherry pictures. They’re my favorite.

First we grab a cherry pitter. Then we hold it over different pieces of paper. Then we squeezed the pitter and then it makes cherry juice.

My first all berry jam was the best jam and the first jam I’ve ever made.

The berries that were in it they were currant, blackberries, and raspberries. And there was sugar and pectin.

That’s the end of our story.