Friday, April 30, 2010

100th Blog Post and $50 Amazon Gift Certificate Giveaway ~ CLOSED

I let my one year blog anniversary go by quietly since I didn’t start blogging on a regular basis until this year.  I am going to celebrate my 100th post ~ which I posted this morning!   I have been truly blessed by blogging ~ I’ve meet some great people, been encouraged, and inspired!  To thank you guys for all the love, I’m giving away a $50 Gift Certificate. 
Here’s how to win:   THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

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The giveaway is open until Friday, May 7th, 2010 at 8pm. One winner will be chosen at random and I will announce the winner by next Sunday.  I will send the winner the gift certificate via email, so please make sure you leave a valid email address!

Weekly Wrap-Up: Butterflies

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   


for this!image

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 .


Preschool Corner ~ Butterflies

Butterflies and more butterflies ~ we had a fun week learning about butterflies and their life cycle.

Letter of The Week

We made a B is ButterflyIMG_2249

and Aiden practiced writing upper case Bs. IMG_2188

Book and Craft

We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Our craft was a Caterpillar to Butterfly.  I cut an elongated oval from a folded sheet of brown construction paper, leaving the fold intact.  Aiden painted a caterpillar on one side   IMG_2235

the other side was left brown, to represent the chrysalis IMG_2263

and he painted a butterfly on the inside.IMG_2225

When we finished our craft we munched on some butterfly pretzels.  To make them dip pretzels in chocolate and then prop them up (like a tent) to dry.  IMG_2231


We put together a Butterfly lapbook.IMG_2252

One of Aiden’s favorite lapbook activities was feeding The Very Hungry Caterpillar as we read the book.IMG_2259


Aiden had fun playing with the Butterfly Number Matching File Folder Game I made.  image

Click on the image to download. 

I hung the butterflies from the ceiling IMG_2139

and Aiden caught them with a butterfly net.  As he pulled them out of the net he told me the color of the butterfly and how many spots it had on its wings. IMG_2144

After he caught them he matched them to the flower with the correct number.IMG_2137


We read From Caterpillar to Butterfly and made a Life Cycle of the ButterflyLittle green pop-poms represent the eggs IMG_2158

a pom-pom caterpillarIMG_2159

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.  IMG_2164

The butterfly is also made out of an Easter Egg.  The kids made sure we adding the proboscis, so he could drink.IMG_2171
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.)IMG_2170

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.    IMG_2196

Butterfly Races

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.IMG_2267 

Aiden’s Pick For The Week:

Playing games on Daddy’s Ipod Touch ~ educational of course!  IMG_2210

For more Preschool ideas and activities visit Preschool Corner!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pencil Shavings ~ Butterfly and Flowers

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:

  • Pencils in various colors
  • Pencil sharpener
  • White glue
  • Body of butterfly cut out of black construction paper
  • Cardstock for background


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! 

~ Emily’s~




I love the way they turned out!  I’m thinking of framing Emily’s and giving it to Grandma on her birthday.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Butterfly Life Cycle Craft

Today we read From Caterpillar to Butterfly From Caterpillar to Butterfly  (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1)

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.



Monday, April 26, 2010

Butterfly Number Matching File Folder Game

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.  


The download includes butterflies with spots ~ count the number of spots and match the butterfly to the correct flowerimage

and butterflies with spots and numbers ~ match the number on the butterfly to the number on the flower. 


imageClick on any of the above images to download.


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. 

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