Friday, April 10, 2009

Spring in Our Homeschool

Ahhh ... spring is here! I love this time of year when we get to see the earth waking up after a long winter. Of course, we have exciting things going on in our learning, too. The kids were very excited to find a new package on the front steps the other day. Inside was all of this fun springtime loot.

Yes, we will soon be hatching 75 to 200 praying mantis and 5 or so butterflies! The kids are very anxious to see the transformations occur. 

Here is our praying mantis cage all set up. Now we just need to keep the house warm enough for 3 weeks.

I also love to see my little guy building muscles and work ethic in the garden. Here he is with his Dad, turning the soil so that we can start planting.

We also are pulling out all of our books on bunnies. We have about nine books on rabbits. I have two children who are very much in love with rabbits, so I'm planning a mini-unit study for science on bunnies. I think I will add in a bit of bunny math, too. I plan on laying down a chalk number line outside and having them hop on it. If you hop to the number 3 and then hop four more, what number are you on? You get the idea. Our favorite bunny book is The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. We do not teach that the Easter Bunny is real, of course. They understand that the bunny in this story is a fairytale. However, I love how this book teaches about family togetherness, work ethics, doing your chores with a cheerful heart and perseverance. I like to read this book before we do a day of sorting and spring cleaning.

The kids dyed eggs today and are hoping to blow eggs and dye more next week. I was thinking of maybe trying some candle wax to jazz them up a bit.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. Very cool! I did not know you could get a praying mantis kit! They are so neat. I love that you have a garden plot ready to go. Ours needs to be tilled and worked yet. Love Love Love that bunny book!

  2. The praying mantis kits are way-cool! We have collected caterpillers before and watched the butterflies come out.

    You have good ideas for your math, too. That kind of stuff keeps school cool.

  3. Fun, fun, fun!

    I am still waiting for our mantids to hatch. It would be so cool if they would hatch Easter morning.

    The bunny theme sounds great.