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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Afterschool Express - Monarchs!
It just so happened that we started #8 "Zippy's Tall Tale", a book in the Butterfly Meadow series by Olivia Moss this week. We had stopped at a local kids consignment store and the owner recommended this series. We zipped through the first one and started this one on Monday. I am reading several chapters to my little one each night before bed. Although parts of it were a little above a kindergarten level (I adapt the text as I read) it wasn't bad for the most part. It doesn't have a villain, rather a problem that Dazzle, the main butterfly must solve and is a highly predictable text. I have Elly summarize what has happened so far in the story before beginning to read each night and talk about what she thinks will happen next after we read.
Luckily, it was one of those weeks where learning just fell into place. These little guys showed up on our milkweed plants on Wednesday.
Another batch hatched on Friday and we have been observing them A LOT. I am not sure if my daughter or I could spend more time watching them eat. It is just fascinating! You can watch them here - it is times like this when I wish I had a really nice video camera!
Elly wrote some fiction and nonfiction journal pages about them. It is really neat that she is able to verbally identify the differences in her writing.
Then, our Saturday plan was to attend a local butterfly farm's first annual "Monarch Festival." (It is not every week things fall into place this nicely!) Mid-week, this post came up in my news feed http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2011/09/making-bird-butterfly-masks.html. What luck! I printed the butterfly masks and let the kids decorate them so they could wear them to the festival. And the masks were a hit! The kids got many compliments. There we got to interact with butterflies, dance to live music, ride ponies and learn more about migration.
We are looking into participating with some research projects connected to http://monarchwatch.com/. Overall, it was an amazing learning week!