Kids are notoriously curious. They ask endless questions and perform primitive experiments just to find out how and why things are the way they are. Do you remember the many questions you had growing up in your world of outdoor play? And I do remember a few outdoor explorations and questions from those early days with friends, brothers, and a sister. How deep a hole can we dig on this beach before it fills with water?
What kind of creatures do you think live under this rotten log? Will that bug bite or sting me if I grab it? How far can I see from the top of this tree? How long will it take for this tadpole to grow legs?
She routinely peppers me with questions. She nailed me with a good one during the annual Memorial Day fishing derby at our neighborhood pond. The day was beautiful, but the bluegill and bass were not cooperating.taylor.evolt.org/gezym-sant-francesc.php
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Patience is not the strongest trait for preschoolers or kids of elementary school age. The cane poles and bobbers were quickly left on the grassy banks. Hadley took it a step further with her question. But first, some background for context. Of course, the toad had to go home with her. Toads make great pets with the proper habitat and care. A large glass jar and an occasional worm does NOT meet the criteria.
Days later, her aunt bought her a small frog to keep as a pet. Again, frogs make great pets with the proper habitat and care… But, back to the pond story.
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Do you know? Turns out, this question does not have an easy answer. For the people who study them, there is no real scientific difference between frogs and toads. However, there are lots and lots of physical differences between the more than 7, known species of frogs and toads living on Earth today. So the complete answer is a bit more complicated. Scientists classify animals based on lots of different characteristics. For example, frogs and toads belong to the same big animal group.
Both are amphibians. These are cold-blooded creatures that spend the early part of their lives in water. In the water, they breathe with gills, like fish. When older, amphibians will live on land, but often stay close to water. They breathe air through lungs, like us. Most frogs and toads look and act quite differently. Some look very similar. It can get confusing.
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Following are some of the most common ways to tell them apart. Have long, strong hind legs that help them jump high and far. Have short back legs. They take small hops instead of long jumps. The toxins burn the eyes and nose of predators. The list goes on and on. Both female toads and frogs lay their eggs in water. But a frog lays eggs in a cluster or clump under the surface of the water. A toad will lay its eggs in a long chain. They give birth to live young. A frog tends to have a longer tongue.
Frogs and toads use their tongues to capture insects, spiders, minnows, and other small prey.
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A toad has a shorter tongue. It needs to be closer to its prey. Toads rarely miss a six or eight-legged meal.
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There are other differences as well. But what about this one: Is a tortoise a turtle…or is a turtle a tortoise? Hadley will have to wait. Toads have rough, bumpy skin. But those bumps are not warts. They are actually special camouflage that helps them blend into their habitat. World Frog Day occurs in March each year. Save the Frogs Day is the first Saturday of April each year. National Frog Jumping Day is in May.
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Recently diagnosed with dyslexia, this 7-year-old has taken his struggles with reading and writing, the extra school work he needs to do, and the weekly private tutoring he requires all in stride. One day, Titan casually told his mother, Tiffanie about an idea he had. Thus, the idea for Read with the Titans was born. Now Titan and his family are working to make his vision a reality. Tiffanie recalls the anguish she felt last year watching him struggle to read. Tiffanie says she was confused but not surprised when she got called into his classroom to talk to the teacher about his below-grade level reading skills.
Fortunately, Titan was diagnosed with dyslexia early.
Too often, says Tiffanie, dyslexia is not diagnosed until third grade. Every week, Titan travels over an hour each way for his lesson with a private tutor who specializes in dyslexia. I own that.
The grass is green. The sky is blue. By owning it, you take the shame away from it. Titan has also recently started talking about having his Read with the Titans club create graphic novels since the image-heavy genre helps give the words context for dyslexic readers. A key component of Read with the Titans will be to encourage self-acceptance among these young people.