This morning, though we are home from church due to sickness, we had the most exciting thing happen! We are continuing our learning about China and this week are learning about pandas. So, as we are surfing the channels, at noon Animal Planet starts a special on Giant Pandas! How great is that?!?! David is making fun of me for being so excited, but I just think it’s like a little present from God!
This show was really neat because we had just read the book, Giant Pandas, by Gail Gibbons and discussed how tiny baby pandas are. We compared how big baby pandas are – 3 ounches! to how big the girls were when they were born – 8lb 10oz, 8lb 12oz. Human babies are giants compared to panda babies! And on this show we actually got to see a baby panda being born! Amazing! We saw its pink skin with no fur, then we saw it start to get the white and black fur. It was so neat!
The mommy panda takes such good care of her baby! Whenever the nurses at the panda place would take the baby to check up on her, weigh her, etc, the mommy would pace until the baby was back. And the baby panda would cry, just like a human baby, until its mommy was holding it again. So sweet!
We have been working on bits and pieces of the Giant Panda lapbook found on homeschool share. Learning about pandas has been so interesting! Hannah especially enjoyed watching the special on Animal Planet. At one point she said, “I think I know why that lady loves her job…she loves getting to see those pandas everyday. I would love to get to help take care of pandas too! I wish I could touch and hold a baby panda.”