Today, we finished up the first Magic Tree House book and did a little in the notebooks. The kids were ok with it but seemed ready to move on to non-fiction.
When we did a dinosaur puzzle today, the kids were definitely interested. The pieces had the names and some information about the animals on the backs. Questions poured out of the kids. Wikipedia was used liberally.
Some pieces we looked at in more detail.
This first piece led to questions about mammals during the time of dinosaurs. Mammals were around, but in general were smaller than the dinos and ate insects and vegetation. Only one was known to eat reptiles. Some were egg-laying mammals and some were placental or marsupial.
This led to a question about the duck billed platypus from my daughter who said it was the only modern egg-layer. My son said she was wrong and needed to include echidnas. After looking it up, he was found to be right and she declared Phineas and Ferb were wrong!
We looked up lots of ancient mammals and then moved on to ancient fish.
All of this made my son very interested in finding out more about the ancient non-dinosaur animals. I let him know I had some books on hold at the library we could pick up tonight. He remembered that there were ancient creatures in one of our Horrible Science magazines and set off to find it. I found him on our bed reading.
I am really looking forward to reading the non-fiction stuff with the kids and heading to the museums next week!