Friday, July 21, 2006

Butterflies and other Bugs

Today I went to teach my dear young friends. Here, in the picture, you can see Katherine (in the back), Rebekah and Josiah working very hard on their schoolwork. We are trying to finish our workbooks before the next school year begins. They will have to do many pages but I think we can do it. Today we did something different in the afternoon. I had gone to the library yesterday and borrowed several books about butterflies. I had been inspired last week by all the butterflies flying around at the kids home. Josiah and Katherine seemed especially interested in them, so I thought maybe we could learn about them a little. All the kids (even the older ones) sat around the table reading or at least looking at the books. I told Katherine and Rebekah (and whoever else happened to be listening) about metamorphosis. How the caterpillar changes into a chrysalis and then into a butterfly. They thought that was pretty cool. Joe spent most of the time looking at the Insects and Spiders book. Everyone wanted to see that one. Joe asked me if next time I could bring a book about frogs and fish. They are currently his biggest passion. We didn't study a lot, but I think the kids all took away little nuggets about butterflies or some other kind of insects. They asked me if I could bring the Insects and Spiders book back next time. When I got home tonight, I looked it up on Amazon.com and found for sale for as little as 50 cents. Looked like a good gift to me... Can't wait to get it in the mail so I can bring it over for them!

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Sounds like you had fun looking at the books with them. It's fun watching them learn, isn't it? I need to get my butt in gear and do some school stuff with my kids a few times a week.

Martha said...

Hands on activites are always the best! I bet they'll love having the book.

Priscilla said...

You sound like such a sweet and thoughtful teacher!

Brian said...

Well, it does sem that almost every little kid enjoys learning about insects and arachnids. Plus, if my small amount of experiance is correct, then they would enjoy all sorts of things you show them in books.