Butterfly Summer Study

Our Butterfly Garden from Insect Lore came the second to last week of June, so we've been studying butterflies lately and incorporating them into our math studies too. 

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We don't have a lot of flowering plants in our yard, so Chris and I stopped by Menards and grabbed a few plants from a list of butterfly approved plants and Ana and I planted them and took the opportunity to build the fairy garden she's been wanting to do for a while. We figured by the time we release our beautiful little Painted Ladies, they'll have had a chance to get settled and grow in a bit. 

Butterfly Homeschool Unit

Our little learning corner has been decked out in butterfly decor and we've been using a ton of great things to help us learn about the butterfly life cycle. Since non-fiction can get repetitive for Ana, we've been using a familiar story to her, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as a fun supplement. Our Butterfly Observation journal has been a fun way to keep track of how long it takes the butterflies to make transitions too! One of the greatest things is learning along side Ana. Like, I had no idea caterpillars could poop so much. Or that it's called "frass" which was a great source of entertainment to us. 

Butterfly Homeschool Unit

We've labeled parts of a butterfly, which got picked up quickly since it echoes our ant anatomy a bit and our library has been a great source of butterfly books, both fiction and non. Ana is also a huuuge fanatic of YouTube videos so we watched this video about Monarchs and this video about the life cycle! 

Michigan Butterflies

And while there are so many beautiful butterflies, we wanted to know which ones we could find around us, so I made this watercolor poster of common Michigan butterflies! Lucky for you, I scanned it in so you can do a Dollar Download HERE ($1!) and print it at home if you want a copy!

Mothers Day: Tulip Time Festival

When I was younger, my friends and siblings and I would all go to the county fair we had in our hometown and it was like the epitome of childhood summer. Getting dusty, covered in sticky sugar from all the fair food, and riding rides until we couldn't do anything except sprawl out on a bench. 

Luckily, Mothers Day fell on the last day of the Tulip Festival in Holland, MI so my special day request was to go there. It was Ana's first fair/carnival and it was awesome. To be able to relive one of my favorite things from childhood with my two favorite people was amazing. Chris and Ana had the most fun slamming into people on the bumper cars (surprise, surprise) and of course I got my elephant ear and lemonade. 

We all rode the ferris wheel which used to be one of my favorites, but it's been so long since I've been up that high that I almost immediately regretted it. 

Ana and I found her carnival costume at a thrift store two days before and we altered it to it her just for these photos. I've been trying to do more photo projects with her and this one was a blast. We can't wait to use this costume in more photos.

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