With the weather warming, it has been nearly impossible to keep Robby away from the stream. Actually, the temperature has little to do with the attraction. He will hop in the water while I'm bundled up in a jacket. At every opportunity he has been gravitating towards the stream ever since the deep freeze of winter has left.
few weeks ago Robby discovered a colony of tadpoles living in the
stream. He was giddy when he caught his first little swimming friend.
After talking with his teacher, we decided that it would be a fun class
project to watch the tadpoles change into frogs. Robby was more than
happy to oblige and easily caught two plump little tadpoles to be
adopted as his class pets.
Robby's little classmates
love watching the tadpoles. Every morning they eagerly run over to the
small aquarium to check on them. Twice a week, rain or shine, I schlep
down to the stream and fill a pitcher with fresh water for the aquarium.
Watching the water being changed in the tank is quite the spectacle in
his class as all of the kids crowd around me eager to watch and help!
while changing the water, we discovered that the plumper tadpole is
beginning to grow frog legs. Talk about exciting! Within moments of the
discovery Robby's entire kindergarten class was frog jumping all around
the classroom, singing and ribbit-ing with gusto.
jumping for several minutes, Robby came over to finish "helping" me
change the water. He looked at the smaller tadpole and noticed that he
was not yet growing his legs. Quickly all of his friends stopped hopping
and came over to inspect for themselves.
and I were quickly peppered with questions. "Why doesn't the other
tadpole have his legs yet?" "Why is he so much smaller?" "Is he going
to be okay?" "Is he going to die?" "Will he still turn into a frog?"
The hopping happy class quickly became frantic and worried over the
little legless tadpole.
I tried to explain that
tadpoles all develop at different times, just as they all grow at
different speeds. The tadpole will be okay, and he will grow his legs.
Despite my attempts, I could tell that they were not convinced. Then
Robby added his two cents- "Don't worry everybody. Just stay calm. If
the tadpole doesn't grow his legs Momom and me will take him to see Mr.
Elliot. He will build some prosthetic legs for the tadpole so he will be
able to hop."
His teacher looked uncomfortable. I had to
keep myself from giggling. Robby's peers thought that made perfect
sense and stopped panicking about the undeveloped little legs. To
Robby, it made perfect sense. I just love his little perspective on the