Frosty Drew Homeschool Science Programs
Frosty Drew is starting its third year providing science classes to supplement the education of homeschool students. Families from all over Rhode Island meet at the center, where small, intimate classes and hands-on learning help to feed young minds hungry for knowledge. Each class focuses on the biology of an animal or group of animals, including anatomy, life cycle, habitat, adaptations, and diversity. Classes feature a presentation in our Sky Theatre, including video clips and pictures to illustrate concepts, interaction with a live animal or dissection specimen, and a game or craft related to the lesson. Our students have observed tadpoles metamorphosing into frogs in Little Nini, traveled to the Mystic Aquarium to see and touch sharks, and even written their names in squid ink after dissection. Frosty Drew’s Homeschool Science Programs cultivate a true excitement for the wonders of the natural world.
- Those slimy, oozy, creepy suckers! Students look at real animals and learn about where they live, what they eat, how they use their features to survive, and how they interact with humans. There are thousands of mollusks all over the world, and lots right here in Rhode Island, too. This class is completed in four sessions, each session focusing on a near-shore group of mollusks. Live animals and dissections are included every week, and in the final session, students make squid ink bookmarks.
- Sharks have a way of capturing everyone's imagination, though they are not nearly as bloodthirsty as Hollywood seems to think. There are over 400 different species of sharks, from the 6-inch pygmy shark to the whale shark that is 40 feet or more! In four sessions, students learn about the amazing ways sharks survive in the wild oceans and investigate how sharks' anatomy, life cycles, diet, and other traits operate together and are suited for their environments.
- In four sessions, students learn about and observe in our own Little Nini Pond the amazing ways frogs survive and metamorphose! Students investigate how frogs' anatomy, life cycles, diet, and other traits operate together and are suited for their environments. The last session is a frog dissection.
- Sea Turtles
- These beautiful, ancient animals tell a great story about our planet's oceans. Students enroll in all four sessions, focusing on a new topic each week. They study sea turtles from their hatching on a beach under moonlight to their one hundredth birthdays to migration, species identification, adaptations for survival, threats to sea turtles, and much more. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a conservation project in their community.
- Bees, Hornets and Wasps
- Often cast as mean and nasty, bees and their brethren are actually fascinating and essential parts of their ecosystems. Students learn about life in a hive, the science of stings, and the importance of pollinators.
- Hurricanes are certainly one of Nature's most powerful forces. With Hurricane Irene still very fresh in their minds, students learn the "lifecycle" of a hurricane, types of hurricane damage, a brief history of hurricanes in New England, and hurricane preparedness.
- Coral Reefs
- Coral reefs are one of the most enchanting ecosystems on our planet. They are made up of complex relationships between animals, plants and environment . . . and corals account for all three! Students study, in four sessions, how corals survive and their impact our oceans.
- Jellies are largely misunderstood creatures and are fantastically diverse in appearance, habitat, and survival. Students learn about these "little stingers", including the most dramatic species, local varieties, how jellies sting, and the many places jellies are able to survive.
- Learn all about our resident turtles: Snappy, the snapping turtle, and Seamus and Patrick, the painted turtles. Students discover what makes a reptile and how these animals survive in the wild.
For more information about the Frosty Drew Homeschool Science Programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org