Saturday, May 15

Butterflies...

Yesterday, I took a quick break from the couch to go outside. Since it was a nice warm day, we decided to free our butterflies. This project was really worth it and I hope that we can make it an annual adventure. They were so easy to care for and I know that the children will get more out of the project each year that we do this.





A week or so ago, I set up our butterfly reading shelf with some of our favorite butterfly books. My favorite in this group is Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert. The children LOVE Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Also on the shelf is a beloved Monarch butterfly puppet by Folkmanis.


A few years ago, my sister gave us a butterfly garland which we've hung in the spring and summer ever since. I love how it looks on our mantle.

7 comments:

Pres. Kathy said...

I just love butterflies!

Matushka Anna said...

All of our children loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar too. In fact, we were in a store once before Michael was born and I saw a little sleeper on sale. It was striped (like a caterpillar) and had a series of foods embroidered on the front. Underneath it said, "And he was still hungry."

Very funny and appropriate.

(Of course I bought the sleeper.)

mary@evlogia said...

I did this project when Emmelia and Marcrina were the same ages as your little ones. They loved it and so did I! I have been thinking about doing it again for Anna and George.

We've been seeing a lot of butterflies in our yard this spring so we seeded butterfly weed in a big pot this afternoon, hoping to attract more. They are such a blessing to have around the home.

Hope you're having a nice weekend.

Michelle M. said...

I thought about doing this with my kiddos this year, too, but just didn't get to do it.

Those photos are great.

Mat. Emily said...

Fr John took the photos, Michelle. I think that he did a great job, too! I am so glad that we have the to remember the butterflies.

Patty said...

I like your reading shelf. Is that something that you change regularly? It looks so artistic and is functional at the same time. :)

Mat. Emily said...

Thanks, Patty!

I don't change it as much as I wanted to when we hung them (they are just picture ledges from Target), but my intention is to. I like the idea of reading the same few books for a week or so at a time based on a theme (our letters of grace work, learning baskets, or the cycle of feastdays). I wrote a post on them awhile ago:

http://charmingthebirdsfromthetrees.blogspot.com/2010/03/display-bookshelves.html

Hope that helps!

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