Froebel Home Education Zoology, Parts of a Louisiana Crawfish
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Today’s lesson is a continuation of our previous lessons on our Louisiana crawfish, écrevisse ( ). We are studying the parts of a Louisiana crawfish, a tiny lobster. Currently, we are in the middle of crawfish season, which begins in November and ends in June. All our communities from Choctaws to Créoles of Acadian descent (Cajuns) are crawfish fishing and harvesting from their local farms. Our sister Créole community of Texas are also in the middle of crawfish season, as well. Since my Mari (husband) discussed with our children about the different parts of the skeleton of the crawfish he was eating, on a different day, I decided to write the names of each part of the Louisiana crawfish and label them on a chalk drawing of the crawfish I hand drew on a medium sized chalkboard in our parlor (living room). I asked him to let us have two crawfish from the batch he purchased from Kenner Seafood. He happily obliged.
My Mari didn’t know all of the parts of our local crawfish and only described each part of its skeleton with basic terminology in American English. For example, this is its head, tail, meat, antenna, claws, gills and etc. He openly admitted what he doesn’t know. He also showed our three youngest children the waste inside the head and gills of the crawfish he was eating. He express that he doesn’t suck the head to consume the waste of the crawfish. I took his initial lesson and expanded upon it. In Français, I labeled each part of the skeleton of the crawfish, which is the same in English, the technical zoology terms for each of its parts. The school supplies I used are Conté à Paris soft pastels, the very pastels that Our beloved Impressionist Degas used and the Nuns of the now gone, Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary school of Uptown New Orleans. Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary school is where I attended kindergarten and was the extension of the Froebel education I received from my Mimi Wilhelmina and my Popa at home. The chalkboard I used is from Germany. It is much smaller than the large sized chalkboard from German available through Waldorf supplies websites. Both these supplies are available on Amazon.
After completing my chalk drawing of the crawfish and labeling its parts, I asked my oldest son who is in his last year of middle school to take the crawfish out of the clear plastic tuber ware container. He is not comfortable touching the refrigerated crawfish with his hands. With compassion and a bit of patience, I requested that he take the crawfish out of the container while explaining that I understood and that at times we have to complete tasks we don’t like to do. He proceeded to take the cooled crawfish out of the tubber ware using a piece of paper towel and the corner edge of the container. The crawfish gently landed inside the small china bowl, which as resting in front of him on the coffee table. With a bit of ingenuity, he managed to get the crawfish out of the container without touching it with his hands. Once the coffee table was all done up with my parts of a crawfish zoology presentation, I began with my eldest son, reading each label one at a time in français and English while pointing using a crayon (pencil) tip to each part of the crawfish. My three youngest children, repeated each zoology term and observed each classified part with astonishment and enthusiasm. After the lesson was complete, my children copy the drawing from the chalk board and classified zoology terms for each part of the crawfish skeleton in their Canson mix media artbooks. Finished from our zoology lesson my daughter took wooden planks/bricks that are similar to Keva planks and Kapla planks and built a crawfish with them, her two younger brothers after seeing her begin to build the crawfish with reforested planks, they preceded to help her.
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