May

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May is one of my favorite months of the year. Flowers are blooming and the temperature is perfect. The trees have fresh, new leaves, and the birds are tending to their babies. Our resident bluebirds had a successful brood, and we even got to witness one of the chicks leave the birdhouse — what an … Continue reading May

Project-based Homeschooling: Plant Project

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, I thought I would write about a project we've been working on for over a year. My older son has always had a special interest in plants. When he was little, he became obsessed with seeds for awhile. Then he had his carnivorous plant project, and we still grow the … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: Plant Project

Raising Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Earlier this summer, we saw a monarch butterfly laying eggs on our milkweed plant, but when the caterpillars were very tiny, they disappeared. We believe a wasp preyed upon them. That was disappointing, but soon after, we found some other interesting caterpillars in our yard. We identified these as black swallowtails. There were seven. We didn't take … Continue reading Raising Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Book: My Family and Other Animals

Thanks to Laura H., who left a comment on my blog about a year ago recommending Gerald Durrell's books, I have a new favorite book...or books. (I am planning to read all of Durrell's books as soon as I can get my hands on them.) My Family and Other Animals combines my two favorite things: … Continue reading Book: My Family and Other Animals