- learned how to make lists
- studied the butterfly life cycle in depth
- took a five mile nature hike
- talked about our imaginations and how they can take us anywhere we want to go and what a powerful tool they are. That it is important to use them and be as creative as we want to be without any fear.
- focused on the letter ‘B’ in our preschool
- used watercolors and oil pastels to create a butterfly picture
Jack focused all of his efforts on the letter ‘B’. He made a butterfly ABC poster and we completed pages from Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Letter ‘B’ activities. His pencil grip is improving and I am so proud of him. I am determined to make it a priority each week now to have real school work for him. I love seeing him progress and he always asks for school and is eager to participate. I put butterfly number cards on the floor and called out numbers at random and he would hop to the correct number card. I used to do this with Joe and it was fun. Jack liked it just as much! He picked up on identifying numbers 6-10 within a couple days. Up until last week he could only point out 1-5. Yes, another of my boys that doesn’t like to wear their pants :-).
Over the course of this two weeks we watched our own butterflies go through a complete life cycle. I ordered painted ladies from Insect Lore. We enjoy watching our caterpillars go from tiny to big, then to butterflies each year. I think it’s sweet that Hanna still enjoys this process just as much as she did the first time we did it when she was Jack’s age. I wanted to take the kids on a nature walk. I thought it would be a fun memory to go along with our row. I took them on a five mile hike at a nearby national park. It was perfect and they were all troopers!
There were lots of critters found by all the kids! Hanna found this tiny snail, Joe and Hanna both found numerous inchworms, caterpillars, butterflies and lizards. Jack found a turtle. Hanna looked at it from the side and bottom and told us it was a box turtle. There were honeysuckles everywhere. Hanna has loved honeysuckles since she was in kindergarten. The trail was beautiful. It was so peaceful. You forget living in all the noise of the city that the sights and sounds of nature are truly amazing. Hanna wanted to climb down for a frog. He got away, but not for her lack of trying :-)! Everyone ended up having a very good time when all was said and done! We are already having fun this week studying about frogs and pond life as we do a ‘Five in a Row’ style unit study with Song of the Water Boatman.
Ideas, inspiration and printables for The Salamander Room can be found at:
- Five in a Row Volume 3
- Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Letter B Activities
- Art Projects for Kids butterfly art lesson
- Totally Tots Letter ‘B’ butterfly poster
- Evan Moor Great Science Resource Book – parts of a butterfly sheet
- Life Cycles Monarchs and Life Cycles Resource Guide
- Preschool Corner and 5K Too!
- Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap-Up