fifty cent piece fred



Fred is a baby Painted Turtle.  David came across him this week as he was walking along the bank of the pond.  The tiny turtle had hatched this spring, was journeying to the pond, and was in the grass upside down.  “He must’ve gotten tired.” said Davy.  He picked him up and brought him home, as satisfied as if he had discovered treasure. 

We showed him to Sarah Joy and she squealed, “OH, SHE’s SO CUTE!” to which the brothers all responded as one voice, “IT’s A HE!”

(We can’t be sure if Fred is a boy or a girl, but of course the boys wish him to be A BOY.)

I wanted to photograph his size, so I ran in the house to get the camera and a fifty cent piece.  He fit neatly upon it, in Davy’s hand.



If you have children about, I hope you show them these pictures.  Tell them that David is ten and is keeping Fred as a pet.  He lives in David’s room in a gray bin and eats celery. 







All this is stale knowledge to older people, but one of the secrets of the educator is to present nothing as stale knowledge, but to put himself in the position of the child, and wonder and admire with him; for every common miracle which the child sees with his own eyes makes of him for the moment another Newton.  Charlotte Mason

9 thoughts on “fifty cent piece fred

  1. I will surely be showing my son these pictures in the morning. He is going to LoVe them!Sam is ten and has a painted turtle living in his bedroom too. AND HIS NAME IS FRED!!!(Only we found him on Craigslist, not in a pond. Ha!)I also love Charlotte Mason, and the quote you put up too. So true! 🙂

  2. Love it! and the quote! Did you find Mason’s ideas inspiring to your homeschool, when you did? I would love to sit and have a conversation with you  and glean from your experience. I think you’d have a lot to offer a newbie like me 🙂
    Love the raft idea too. What creative boys, and what a fun way to learn!
    Thanks for stopping by. We’re snowed in today. 2 April blizzards in 1 week. Sheesh! So much for my garage sale this weekend 😦

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