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I can’t believe it’s Friday ~ where did the week go! Just two more weeks and we will be officially finished for the school year!
We did the normal stuff (math, reading, writing, and spelling) and some fun things ~ learning about and watching caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies.
Here are some of the highlights of our week:
Math – Emily finished her Math-U-See Alpha book!
Art – We made butterflies and flowers using pencil shavings. I loved the way they turned out and plan on giving them as gifts.
The kids made Butterfly Pretzels by dipping pretzels in chocolate. (Emily spent the morning at the Children’s Museum and had her face painted ~ just in case you wondered.)
The kids said they were yummy! (I don’t know because I’m still trying to be good!)
Ever since Emily was 3 years old we have ordered, or if we’re lucky found, caterpillars that we watch transform into butterflies. We had to order a new butterfly cage this year because a certain little boy ~ who shall go nameless destroyed our other one! The new butterfly cage came with a certificate to order caterpillars (Painted Ladies). So we ordered our caterpillars and watched and waited.
On Thursday two of our butterflies emerged from their chrysalis. This morning it looked like another one ready to come out so we waited and waited some more
Watching a butterfly come out of its tiny chrysalis, all crumbled, then seeing it flutter it’s wings ~ just never gets old!
We released two of the butterflies. The rest will be released after Daddy gets home. We don’t want him to miss out on the fun!
Mommy’s favorite picture ~ not because of the picture, it’s the memory of what the kids were doing. Aiden is pretending to drive Sissy to the forest. They were going to capture and relocate a pack of wolves who were causing mischief. I think someone has been watching too much Go Diego! I just love their imagination!
I hope everyone else had a good week! Visit Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see what other homeschoolers have been doing this week .
Butterflies and more butterflies ~ we had a fun week learning about butterflies and their life cycle.
Letter of The Week
Book and Craft
We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
We put together a Butterfly lapbook.
Aiden had fun playing with the Butterfly Number Matching File Folder Game I made.
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a chrysalis, which the kids made using an Easter Egg. They covered the egg with Crayola Model Magic, adding a screw hook at the top to hang it, let it dry, and then painted it brown.
The butterfly is also made out of an Easter Egg. The kids made sure we adding the proboscis, so he could drink.
We attached everything to a tree branch that I hung on the wall. (The tree branch didn’t last long, but the kids have enjoyed playing with the Butterfly Life Cycle.)
A couple of weeks ago we purchased a new butterfly cage from Lowes and it came with a certificate to order caterpillars (Painted Ladies). We order our caterpillars right away! God showed his perfect timing this week ~ as we were finishing up our butterfly week, two of our butterflies emerged from their chrysalis.
I printed Penny Butterflies for the kids and they competed to see who could balance the butterfly the longest and walk the farthest without dropping the butterfly.
Aiden’s Pick For The Week:
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When I found this craft on Craft Ideas for All, I knew Emily and I had to try it. I let Aiden sit out on this craft ~ I thought he would get frustrate picking up the little pieces of pencil shavings and placing them on the paper.
What We Used:
What We Did:
We used the pencil sharpener to make shavings, using our favorite colored pencils.
We glued the body of the butterfly to the paper, sketched the basic shape we wanted the wings to be, and glued the pencil shavings.
When the shavings were dry we added the legs and antenna to the butterfly and the vines and leaves to the flowers. Here is the finished product!
I love the way they turned out! I’m thinking of framing Emily’s and giving it to Grandma on her birthday.
Today we read From Caterpillar to Butterfly
and made a life cycle of the butterfly.
Our caterpillar eggs are tiny pompoms we glued to a leaf
Aiden glued pompoms together to make a caterpillar.
To make the chrysalis, the kids covered a plastic egg with white Crayola Model Magic, added a hook screw to the top before the clay dried as a way to hang it, and painted it brown.
Our butterfly is also made out of a plastic egg. Emily cut out the wings and I assembled everything with the hot glue gun (head, antenna, and proboscis ~ we didn’t want him to get thirsty!).
We hung everything on a tree branch that I attached to the wall.
This week we are learning about caterpillars and butterflies. To go along with our theme and help Aiden work on the numbers 0 – 10, I made a Butterfly Number Matching File Folder Game.
and butterflies with spots and numbers ~ match the number on the butterfly to the number on the flower.
Here is how we played:
I hung the butterflies from the ceiling,
gave Aiden a butterfly net, and let him catch them. As he pulled them out of the net, he told me the color of the butterfly (all of the butterflies are different colors so we could work on colors too!) and he counted the spots and said the number.
I had to keep hanging the butterflies up so he could do it again and again! Later in the week I will help him match the butterflies to the numbers on the flowers.