Friday, January 22, 2016

What We're Learning Wednesday - Butterfly Pavilion!

This week we got to take a field trip to celebrate finishing Apologia Zoology 1: Flying Creatures! The last chapter was on class lepidoptera (aka butterflies) so what better place to go than the Butterfly Pavilion!

 I can't remember for sure, but I think it's been about 5 years since we I think this was Shane's first time. Unless my mom took them, which is possible because she's awesome like that.
Anyway, they had a great time! I made it all field-trip-like by having the older two draw a picture of an animal they saw and write the name of said animal in a field journal. 
Nate had to do at least one. He did one. A tiny one. Wrote the bare minimum and scampered off.
Kahlen had to do at least 3. She did 5. And colored them in with colored pencils. And wrote their scientific name and common name. And took pictures of the animal and the sign.
Different kids do different things :-)
We had a great time. My dad was able to come with us, which was great because Shane just wanted to run around and I wanted to read the signs and talk about how the animals we saw fit into what we had learned. 

It was a lovely day. There's a little nature path behind the building, so we went for a little walk after lunch before we went to back in.
Besides butterflies, they also have a room full of bugs and spiders plus another room where they got to dig for "worms" (really they were meal worms, which are beetle larvae) AND another room where they can touch a few sea invertebrates (sea stars and horseshoe crabs). 

Petting the hissing cockroaches
A trip to the butterfly pavilion is not complete without holding their tarantula, Rosie, which all three of them enjoyed very much, much to daddy's dismay.


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