Sloth Spotting and a Little Research

A Sloth! Yes, A sloth! Crossing our driveway. It was looking for a new tree to climb. It was only 2 feet away from us, and we could easily see it's long body as it stretched itself to climb. Along with the white-faced monkey shenanigans, this is one of our favorite memories of Costa Rica. 

 Look at that sloth! Mesmerizing!

Look at that sloth! Mesmerizing!

The following day, Ela, on her own initiative, started her own sloth research and poster.

 While Ela did all the research and planned out the spacing on the poster, I helped nicely write the facts on the poster. If you look closely, I made a couple of mistakes, but we didn't have any white-out. 

While Ela did all the research and planned out the spacing on the poster, I helped nicely write the facts on the poster. If you look closely, I made a couple of mistakes, but we didn't have any white-out. 

Here are 6 things she learned about sloths:

1. All Sloth have 3 toes.

 We think we saw a two-toed sloth, but we're not positive. 

We think we saw a two-toed sloth, but we're not positive. 

2. Rigor mortis impacts sloths.

 It's possible that the sloth in the tree is not alive.

It's possible that the sloth in the tree is not alive.

3. The Feces Fact

 It's likely the sloth we spotted had just used the bathroom.

It's likely the sloth we spotted had just used the bathroom.

4. Sloths are not slow everywhere. 

 We never saw one in the water. That would have been neat. 

We never saw one in the water. That would have been neat. 

5. Sloths are not known for smelling good. 

 We weren't close enough to smell the sloth. Not sure that would have added to the experience though. 

We weren't close enough to smell the sloth. Not sure that would have added to the experience though. 

6. Sloths and their Babies

 During our trip to Manuel Antonio Park, we saw several sloths with babies. 

During our trip to Manuel Antonio Park, we saw several sloths with babies. 

 My mother was constantly telling Ela to bring home a sloth. Well, this is about as good as it gets for her. 

My mother was constantly telling Ela to bring home a sloth. Well, this is about as good as it gets for her. 

Sometimes I feel like we're slacking on the homeschool front. Then, Ela does something like this, and I feel like it's working. I'm proud of her efforts. She taught me more than I knew about sloths, and hopefully you learned something too.

What do you guys think? Let us know with a comment. And send this to someone you think will enjoy it. ;)