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This Summer We…

buy azithromycin or doxycycline Became Paleontologists

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And discovered one in our own front yard

We had tea parties

And water balloon fights

We found Nemo (and Dory!)

We met penguins

We met a baby foal

We grew a garden

We’ve released butterflies

We went to camp


Read

Golf cart rides & ice cream cones

We became Oceaneers


Explorers of the deep blue sea


We went Under the Sea

Shark Week

We went to the circus

Followed the yellow brick road

We watched movies
Dad got a new BBQ

We were “Incredible”


We were sharks

We swam… a lot

 

 

We BBQ’d


We camped….inside

We had a lemonade stand

 
We went fishing

We put our feet in the sand

We’ve Play Doh’d

We have been sharks, bears & dinosaurs (oh my!)

We’ve been to space

We’ve been to Toy Story Land
We made slime

We watched puppet shows

We watched a Sunset

B is for…..

Continuing our letters of the week, we started with B. Here my list for B:

bear

butterfly

bee

brown

beans

beach

ball

bird

blocks

bubbles

button

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Raising Monarchs: Our Family’s Adventure

I’ve always loved butterflies and teaching the girls the life cycle of a butterfly was seriously on like my top 10 reasons for homeschooling.

There are a million books, crafts and snacks having to do with the life cycle.

But actually watching one grow- that’s a little harder. Like A LOT harder than I thought it would be.

I was all, sure, let’s bring in some caterpillar eggs! Until NONE of them turned into a butterfly….cue new talk on death instead of a beautiful butterfly.

I bought milkweed plants from my local Lowe’s/ Home Depot and one more from my produce stand (which already had one caterpillar on it!)

I bought a mesh container for housing from Amazon, but for my first cats (butterfly lady speak for caterpillars), I used clear plastic cups from iced coffees, etc. and poked lots of holes in the top.

I have only collected (so far) much larger cats- they call them instars- 4th or 5th instars. They seem to be hardier.

I bring them in and put 2-3 milkweed leaves in with them to eat. Once they go through those, I clean out the frass (caterpillar poop) and give them new leaves.

Once they go into chrysalis (DON’T call it a cocoon!), ours eclosed right around 14 days.

After they came out, I waited 24 hours to release to make sure their wings were dry.

OH- and then there’s making sure the milkweed doesn’t get TAKEN OVER by aphids, aka disgusting yellow bugs that eat caterpillar eggs!

I’ve squished them (blech), sprayed the with water, insecticidal soap and in extreme cases (but also the most effective and quickest way), Sevin Dust. I’ve made sure there aren’t any cats on the plants when I use the Sevin.

I’ve also joined Facebook groups, where people have MUCH more experience than me and have been extremely helpful!