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J is for Journey to a Frog, Butterfly, Chicken

We will be schooling through the summer, with a more relaxed schedule. Our schooling will occur from 10:00 a.m. to noon, to allow for lots of afternoon playtime and swimming. We will do Bible, math, reading, and a unit study each day.

Our unit study will consist of our Square Foot Garden and the life cycles (aka Journey) of a frog, butterfly and chicken.

We are starting with the Journey of a Frog. We received a bowl of tadpoles from a friend. Starting this week we will be reading about the life cycle of a frog and notebooking the changes in our tadpoles as they make their journey to full froghood. Then we will release them back into the water source from where they came.

In a week or so, we will begin learning about the Journey of a Butterfly. We will be reading the book Poppy by Avi and will be growing butterflies with our Green Earth Butterfly Kit. (This is all part of a review we are doing for the Schoolhouse Review Crew.) We will also be doing lots of butterfly life cycle activities and reading other books.

In July, we will be receiving a loaned incubator from the University of Missouri Extension Center, twelve eggs and a lesson plan to plot the Journey of a Chicken. We will hatch our little eggs, plot our chicks' growth, and care for them until they start stinking too much. Then we will give our babies to a local family who will use them as meat chickens. No, the kids will not know that. They will think they are going "to the farm".

Our read aloud while we are hatching the chicken eggs will be Omelette: A Chicken in Peril by Gareth Owen.

This will be a great unit for us to do this summer! I am really looking forward to it! I hope the kids enjoy our Journey, too.

Linking up with Marcy at Ben and Me.


  1. We are releasing our butterflies today! It was seriously the coolest unit we've done. We got to watch two of them emerge and we were all spazzing out watching! Josie is going to a farming coop next year and they are hatching chicks too. My husband wants to buy chickens to raise so maybe this will spark us to actually do it!

  2. Just want to check in an make sure you guys were all okay. Didn't know how close you would have been to the bad weather yesterday.

    1. Thankfully we are much further away now, and we now have a basement. If we still lived in Oklahoma, we would have been about an hour and half away from Moore. Thanks for checking on us!

    2. I was just stopping by to do the same. Sent you an email, but not sure you have the same address you had in OK. Glad you're ok.


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