A fluttering butterfly can inspire an entire week of exploration at my house. Learn with Monarchs this week!
Here are a few activity ideas:
Learn with Monarchs: Read
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 my daughter 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.
Learn with Monarchs: OBSERVE
Luckily, it was one of those weeks where learning just fell into place. These little guys showed up on our milkweed plants on Wednesday.
More 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!
Learn with Monarchs: WRITE
We 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.
Learn with Monarchs: Visit a Butterfly Museum
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!) You could also visit a local butterfly museum or botanical garden and look for butterflies.
Learn with Monarchs: Make Masks
Making Butterfly Masks. 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!