The Rescue

Ever since we started studying insects this school year, the kids have all been actively searching for critters in our yard. Grashoppers, crickets, bees, mantids--you name it. If it crawls, creeps, or flys, they're interested. We have a lot of butterfly bushes, which of course attract...butterflies!
Today as we were enjoying our picnic lunch in the backyard, Curly Girl spotted a yellow butterfly caught in a spider web high above our heads. She tried to call it by a scientific name, although I have no idea what she said. It was pretty cute, though, and showed me that the younger girls do actually pick up on what I'm teaching the older kids through osmosis. :)


Anyway, everyone wanted to save the butterfly, so I found a long, thin stick with which to pull down the web. The butterfly came down quite easily, but then just lay on the grass. The kids wanted to touch it, but I told them to just let it rest for few minutes in case it was all worn out from fighting against the web. Mickey is fascinated right now with compound eyes, so I tried to get a close-up picture for him.


I would glance over at the poor little thing every few minutes, and I really thought it was dead. After about 20 minutes I finally walked over and gently scooped it up off of the ground. It immediately began to flutter its wings, and I think it surprised itself to discover it could still fly.


The kids all began to clap and cheer as the pretty butterfly flew away. Higher and higher it soared until it was lost among the tree branches. We used one of our field guides to identify it, and as close as we could tell it's a Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice).


If my kids were at a traditional school today, instead of homeschooling, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to be a part of their discovery and see their faces light up with joy as they rescued the butteryfly. Backyard schooling is a blessing. :)

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Thursday, October 18, 2007
The Rescue
Ever since we started studying insects this school year, the kids have all been actively searching for critters in our yard. Grashoppers, crickets, bees, mantids--you name it. If it crawls, creeps, or flys, they're interested. We have a lot of butterfly bushes, which of course attract...butterflies!
Today as we were enjoying our picnic lunch in the backyard, Curly Girl spotted a yellow butterfly caught in a spider web high above our heads. She tried to call it by a scientific name, although I have no idea what she said. It was pretty cute, though, and showed me that the younger girls do actually pick up on what I'm teaching the older kids through osmosis. :)


Anyway, everyone wanted to save the butterfly, so I found a long, thin stick with which to pull down the web. The butterfly came down quite easily, but then just lay on the grass. The kids wanted to touch it, but I told them to just let it rest for few minutes in case it was all worn out from fighting against the web. Mickey is fascinated right now with compound eyes, so I tried to get a close-up picture for him.


I would glance over at the poor little thing every few minutes, and I really thought it was dead. After about 20 minutes I finally walked over and gently scooped it up off of the ground. It immediately began to flutter its wings, and I think it surprised itself to discover it could still fly.


The kids all began to clap and cheer as the pretty butterfly flew away. Higher and higher it soared until it was lost among the tree branches. We used one of our field guides to identify it, and as close as we could tell it's a Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice).


If my kids were at a traditional school today, instead of homeschooling, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to be a part of their discovery and see their faces light up with joy as they rescued the butteryfly. Backyard schooling is a blessing. :)

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8 Comments:
Blogger Mrs.B said...
Oh what a neat day! I sure wish I could have been home schooled. Your children will probably never forget this event and they will retain the info for much longer. (o:

Blessings,
~Mrs.B

Blogger Becky said...
That IS a blessing! I love those kinds of lessons. The 2nd grade teacher I used to teach next door to would buy butterfly larvae every year. She had a butterfly house that they would put them in, with the right "nectar" and watch then as they ate, spun into their chrysallis, and became butterflies.

Then they'd have a butterfly party and release them to the wild. It was always a special day.

Hey, have your kids been over to my blog to see the picture of my "neighbor". It is from earlier this week. Mickey would probably love it. It creeped us out.

Blogger Mrs. C said...
Becky,
We'll be ordering some larvae in the spring and plan on doing some up-close learning then. I think a butterfly party is a great idea.

The kids got a kick out of your "visitor". :)

Blogger Karen said...
Alaina is right there with ya'll! She makes it a habit to "save" the butterflies around here too! She's caught them and released them into her bedroom before with the windows open so they could leave when they want. ;0)

Blogger Mommy said...
What a neat story! I really enjoyed reading about the poor butterfly that was rescued.

I am finding too that I am enjoying my children's discoveries right along with them also. :)

A heartwarming story!

Blogger Faith said...
What a great story. What a blessing for you to spend your days with your children. My 3rd grader was able to see her chrsyalis open to a beautiful monarch...(last week) they will release them for their flight to Mexico soon from their classroom courtyard....but...alas, I was in MY class at a different elem school so didn't get to see her face...enjoy every minute while your children are at home with you!

Blogger Mrs. C said...
Karen,
I'm sure my kids would be sneaking the butterflies into their bedrooms, but we have screens on all of their windows. :)

Faith,
Your daughter's project sounds like a lot of fun! I'm also glad that there are wonderful Christian teachers such as yourself who are able to make a positive impact on the children in the PS classrooms.

Blessings,
Mrs. C

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