|Posted by sunshine-dayhome on June 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM|
Every year, I introduce a little bit of nature into the dayhome and connect us to the seasons by growing plants and hatching different creatures. Right now, it's butterfly season! Here are the hatched butterflies being admired by my three children:
We hatched these Painted Lady butterflies, sourced through Education Station, and were lucky enough to actually watch two emerge (they come in literally 2 seconds flat!). The children absolutely adored being able to hold them, feed them, and finally release them into the world!
One of the greatest things about having caterpillars, pupae, and butterflies in the dayhome is the learning it provides. I kept butterfly books, magnifying glasses, and paper and pencils by the enclosure, so that the children had the chance to really delve into the butterfly world through hands-on exploration, reading, examination, and drawing. Using a whole-child approach supported by these fascinating creatures has inspired so much learning and growth for the children, and that is why we do this every year.