Butterflies/How to approach project

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Butterflies/How to approach project
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Fri, 05-03-2013 - 12:52pm

We are still toying with the idea of homeschooling in the next year or two.  But at the moment, I have a question on a project that I would like to work on, mostly with my 6 year old.  She loves butterflies and we went to see the 3D Flight of the Butterfly movie at our local museum and their butterfly day that had some cute activities.  In August we are going up to Michigan to see family and as part of that trip we are going to Mackinaw Island and to their butterfly house.  I would love to do some continuing activities and work with the 6 year old leading up to the visit, learning the different species of butterflies that are at the butterfly house, etc.  We also already did the butterfly hatching kit just a few weeks ago where we watched the caterpillars make chrysslis and then turn into butterflies.  Does any one have any suggestions on strategies or how to approach this project with her leading up to our visit?  I have looked at the butterfly house's website so I have an idea of what species they have there, but that's as far as I've gotten so far.

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Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:29pm

I would take close up pictures of two or three of the butterflies and then use the photos for her to draw and label them afte the visit.  Or if you can get print out colored photos ahead of time of butterflies that will be there, and glue them on index cards with a ring clip and make her a flip book scavenger hunt to find them.  Or she could keep a tally count of how many of one kind versus another kind she saw.  My guess would be they are feeding the butterflies fruit of sorts in the public view.  After the fact, she could help cut up and prepare a buttefly salad for her to eat using the same types of fruit.  I don't know if you went into the 3 stages of insects and the 3 body parts that make an insect and insect and not a bug.  If I'm remembering right, Bill Nye and Magic SchoolBus both have videos about butterflies.   

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:34pm
Oh, those are awesome thoughts Heather!! Thank you! Jordyn took quite a few up close pictures last time she was there, so I can start with those photos, I love the index card book idea. I know Madison is studying insects in preschool right now, I will check with her teacher and see what they have learned and then I can build off that with both girls. I was planning on concentrating more with Emma because she's more interested in butterflies than madison is, but whatever I can do to engage them both is great. Madison would like the salad idea, she's my expert cooking helper. I'll see what videos I can hunt down also.
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Fri, 05-03-2013 - 11:34pm

I love the Mackinac Island Butterfly House!  Make sure she wears bright colored clothing and maybe some will alight on her.  Heather had some great suggestions for you.  I'll just add in observing butterflies in nature as you see them.  You don't need to belabor the point, but comment on seeing them, on what they're doing, on what kind of flowers are attracting them, etc.  I'm sure she'll have fun!


Sue
Homeschooling mom to DD15 & DS11

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Mon, 05-06-2013 - 12:47pm
Oh yes, she's one who rans after butterflies in the yard, I feel sorry for them sometimes! LOL! She's a bit rough and half the time she brings me ones that have part of their wing missing, which I am sure is likely because of her, she just gets so excited about them. We don't get many varieties here in Texas, mainly monarchs, so I am excited to be up in Michigan this summer for her to see all the other varieties of them there are.
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Fri, 05-10-2013 - 12:23pm

You guys have totally inspired me! I think a butterly project is in our future too! Smile

(If it's okay to borrow the idea, of course!)

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Sat, 05-11-2013 - 8:27am

schoolishome wrote:
<p>You guys have totally inspired me! I think a butterly project is in our future too! <img src="/forums/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" border="0" /></p><p>(If it's okay to borrow the idea, of course!)</p>

Of course it's ok to steal borrow ideas.  Have fun with your butterfly project!

I have to share a funny.  My co-worker's little girl (age 6 or 7) found a big cocoon on a stick last fall and insisted on keeping it "to see what it is" so against better judgment, this thing was kept, not knowing at all what was inside.  So one morning when my co-worker got up for work, she stepped in a huge area of watery mush in her kitchen (the dishwasher malfunctioned) so she called in so she could deal with the mess.  In the middle of cleaning up the mess, she started hearing this god-awful gnawing noise.  She couldn't figure out where it was coming from, until she remembered the cocoon, from which a ginormous moth had just emerged.  It ended up being a polyphemous.  They ended up keeping it in the house about 10 days because it was during the cold snap in April, and released it last week when it got a bit warmer.  I've promised her "new critters" this summer.  My mom usually finds swallowtail and monarch caterpillars in her garden and likes to give them to little people to observe Smile


Sue
Homeschooling mom to DD15 & DS11

CL of Homeschooling, Signature Showcase, Ectopic Loss, and Fertility Charting

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Wed, 05-15-2013 - 12:01pm

I had to look up a polyphemous!  It looks so cool, Emma would have LOVED it!!    I need to sit down and think out the project, we have a ton of stuff on the agenda for this summer, and she had a rough year adjusting to kindergarten and homework and everything so I don't want it being anything real formal learning wise this summer, especially since we're still discussing the homeschool idea and timing for it.  But I am definitely excited for this summer long project.

And schoolishome, definitely take the idea and run, if no one every borrowed ideas, ugh, can you imagine trying to homeschool or so anything like that alone!

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