|A recently-hatched butterfly, resting above the leftover cocoons from our five painted ladies!|
|"That flash is always too bright for me, Mom!"|
|Dobby is more interested in making funny faces these days when the camera comes his way!|
Each boy had fun picking out colors for his own caterpillar, painting, then adding pipe-cleaner antennae and legs. They drew their own faces and helped Dobby with his caterpillar's face as well. I found some old craft pom-pom balls lying around and offered those up as well for decoration. And the final result:
|Harry's (L), Ron's, and Dobby's new friends. The expressions crack me up!|
And of course, knowing we couldn't keep these butterflies inside forever, we had a releasing celebration to send our friends into the world. Painted ladies live all over the U.S. and can survive so long as the temperatures are high enough. It's been lovely here in Illinois of late, so we were confident the butterflies would be happier in the natural world than in our netted habitat!
|Getting ready to unzip and free our butterflies! The plate in the net has orange wedges, which the butterflies are said to enjoy. Do you know that butterflies taste with their feet???|
|The last butterfly enjoys a brief rest on our nearby evergreen tree before making its way into the world!|
In other topics, our focus this week in our world geography study was the country of Mexico, and I hope to have some fun photos to share next week as we continue on the same subject. The boys are also enjoying our simple lessons from Getting Started With Spanish and I'm thrilled that I actually remember and can use what I know from junior high/high school!
Harry went back to Singapore Math 2A this week, as we reviewed some topics with which I want for him to be comfortable--addition and subtraction into the hundreds and thousands with renaming--and although I hear that homeschooled kids often jump ahead, in our case I feel as though we are doing the opposite. I'd much rather be convinced that Harry understands the concepts and my rule is that we don't move ahead unless he can score at least 90% on the cumulative review. So that meant we spent several days making sure he could reach that target. I don't think we are anywhere close to "jumping ahead" but that is really OK with me! As long as he is learning and continuing to progress at a reasonable pace, I'm fine with taking our time.
Today is co-op day, so I thought I'd end with a couple of photos from their classes. Ron and Harry both take gym, karate, and art, while their dad (who, in exchange for working late on Mondays and Thursdays, is off on Fridays, hooray!) stays home with Dobby. I wait for the boys at the church where the co-op is held and enjoy the free wi-fi (great time to update my blog!) =)
|Ron after his gym class, ready to join Harry...|
|...for some karate action!|
Lastly, this photo has nothing to do with homeschooling but it was an amazing exhibition of industriousness from one of our backyard spiders so I thought I would share it! The boys were impressed by it as well!
Thanks for visiting! Hope you had a great week as well.