Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MFW Unit 21: Butterfly

Unit 22 of Mercedes' My Father's World Kindergarten was butterflies. This unit was one of her favorites. Mine too! The Bible theme was "God can make me new". We discussed 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" We talked about how Jesus can change our hearts when we put our trust in Him.

Mercedes picked out a beautiful butterfly decoration and the girls decided it belonged in their hair.

When they got tired of wearing it, we hot glued it to Mercedes' bedroom wall.

Mercedes also picked out a butterfly shaped bottle of bubbles.

We read lots of books about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Mercedes colored a monarch butterfly to add to our wall of badges.

The girls did butterfly paint stamping.

And they both made a butterfly life cycle chart by coloring, cutting and pasting pictures of each phase from a coloring sheet we printed out.

The most amazing part of our butterfly unit was actually getting to watch the butterfly life cycle by ordering caterpillars in the mail and watching them transform!

The butterfly garden kit came with a coupon to order our caterpillars through Insect Lore's website.

The tiny caterpillars came in a jar with the bottom full of caterpillar food. They ate and ate and ate, and we could literally almost watch them grow. There was a noticeable difference in size every morning from the night before, and even throughout the day as we checked on them.

For some reason it was super hard to get a decent picture of these guys in the jar...I apologize! After growing for about 10 days, the caterpillar attached themselves to the lid of the jar, and we got to watch them weave their chrysalises! 

After about a week, the butterflies came out of their chrysalises! It took them a couple of days for their wings to dry and stretch out to reveal their beautiful colors.

This was amazing. The girls loved checking on the caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies every day through the whole life cycle. We fed the butterflies fruit and watched them suck the juice with a long tube coming out of their mouths like a straw. It was so fascinating! To me, these hands on, real life experiences are what homeschooling is all about. It's more than just reading about different topics in a book. It's about seeing and touching and experiencing and enjoying it all firsthand! I love watching the girls excited about learning.

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