October 14, 2010

The Ant Farm

Since we are homeschooling, I find it to be the perfect opportunity to let our children experience things "in real life." We needed an ant farm. The kids needed to see how ants live. I needed to see it. In real life. Better yet, I found a whole lesson on how God tells us to be like the ant, and not lazy in our work. This was going to be great! I bought the ant farm and ordered my ants. Not just any ants. Harvester ants. The big ones.

I got my ants and in the "farm" they went. This was one of the most interesting things I have ever seen. Those little critters got right to work digging their tunnels. It was amazing to watch them work. They never slowed down. The kids were fascinated and so was I.

All was good with the ant farm. Until, I left for the day. I got a "free the mom" day with my sister at Canton. After returning and having a somewhat restful slumber, I noticed a rather large ant walking across my bedroom floor. We don't usually have critter issues, so I just wrote it off to the weather. A few hours later, I noticed another large ant looking confused and alone on the living room floor. This could not be what I thought it was. Oh, yes. Another story to tell in twenty years. The day the kids opened the lid on the ant farm. Thankfully, I was not the one in charge when this one took place.

And by the way, most of the ants were still in the farm. The rest have a very short life span and are probably in my vaccum by now. Let's hope.

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