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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Friday, September 11, 2009

After seeing that caterpillar at Wild Adventures on Monday, Canaan has been on a bug "kick". He really wanted to know what kind of butterfly that specific caterpillar was going to turn into, why it had bristles on it's back, what it ate - the list goes on and on.

Being a homeschool family, we adjusted our curriculum to match his interest.
First, I would like to recommend the site, "What's this Caterpillar?" The name says it all. It was very easy to use, narrowed it down by style of caterpillar (smooth, hairy, spiney, horned, etc) then had pictures of each kind so you could "match" them.

Ours is an Io Moth.
When it "grow up" it will first turn green,

then build it's cocoon, (which will be similar to this)

then look like this:

Isn't that beautiful? It is easily identified by the "eye" markings on the hind wings.

Want to know something really cool? The caterpillar spines have poison in them. The website we found actually says "handle with care". Canaan was pretty impressed by that! If you touch it, you might feel a "sting", and some people even react to it strongly enough to need hospitalization.
Another site worth checking out is "The Children's Butterfly Site". Fairly simple, but some good links.
I have been reminded this week of all the reason's why we homeschool. Yes, my children still have to learn to read, and that 2+2=4, but I want as much of the other stuff to be fun. I want life to be an adventure and school to just fit into that adventure.
Canaan worked on two column addition and subtraction this week, and he kept saying he hated it. 24-14=10. 17+8= 25, with carrying the 1. Those were new concept, and he had to learn them - but by the end of the week, he had them. He still had to work, but he had them.
And in the meantime, he had fun studying caterpillars and what they turn into, and reading a mystery book and studying transportation in history.

Life is good.

7 comments:

Carrie said...

Wow! borrowing subtraction already?! whoa! We weren't gonna tackle that until second grade :) He's gonna be a genius with his glasses now! lol.
Very interesting info about the caterpillar, more power to ya!

Carrie said...

oh, I had assumed that you caught this type of caterpillar, but I guess not...

Nikowa@KHA said...

WOW that IS gorgeous! Ah, the many beauties of homeschooling. You do such a good job!

Tricia said...

Being able to taylor curriculum to interests is one of my favorite parts of homeschooling. I love seeing them so enthused about learning! Looks like you have a smart one, too!

EmileeHopeBinkleyTurner said...

My little nephew is so smart!! I can't wait to see him in his new glasses!! (BTW-Kev left his on the plane home this week and had to buy new ones! Yikes those things are expensive! Be sure he learns yo be careful with them so he doesn't lose them like uncle Kevin!!) P.S. I love homeschoolers and hope I am able to be a homeshool mom someday!!

Dawn said...

What a beautiful moth. We often find ourselves trying to identify animals that we find. DS especially loves this. What a great way to enter the scientific world and begin to understand classification. I LOVE HOMESCHOOLING.

The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

Love it!! And we love that website too....have gone to it a few times with some interesting caterpillars the kiddos have found! So fun!! I love those times when we are able to let the child's interest steer our day! I love seeing how excited they are to learn more and more....and the fun that have in the process!! Priceless!!