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"Butterflies and Insect Life Cycles" - Artistic Nature-Science Unit Study #9
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"Butterflies and Insect Life Cycles" - Artistic Nature-Science Unit Study #9


The theme for this unit study is
Insect Life Cycles,
Including Butterflies

Ever tried to find a way to make insect life cycles interesting to your children?  It's not an easy task, but we have done that in this issue of Artistic Nature Magazine.

We start with the story of when we ordered caterpillars in the mail for our home school and watched each one spin a chrysalis and turn into a butterfly.  (The butterflies later landed on our kids' hands when we took a walk beside a nearby river.)  We also tell about our experiences with butterfly migrations.

Next, we show your kids the steps of complete metamorphosis in the life cycles of butterflies with a decoding activity to make learning the correct terms more fun.  We even provide you with Web links to videos that make what they are learning take wings.  But we don’t stop there.  We give you pictures in color of 12 North American butterflies, and their caterpillars, and in many cases, their chrysalises as well, with information to help them learn how to identify these 12 butterflies.  We even show you what flowers to plant if you want to attract butterflies to your garden.

We also share 4 different moths with your kids in color.  And since this is also an art magazine, we give your kids beautiful pictures to color of 10 of the butterflies and 3 of the moths, with special instructions to help your kids develop their art abilities as they color.  And we include butterfly stained-glass art so your kids can be creative and choose their own colors just for fun.  We give you over 50 pages on butterflies and moths, including a word search puzzle and many other puzzles, mazes and activity pages.

But we don’t stop there.  From there we go on to dragonflies and damselflies, including a colorful lifecycle illustration and very cute and easy-to-make dragonfly and damselfly chenille wire crafts, which we know your kids will enjoy.  You can add a magnet and put them on your fridge door.

We share about beetles with a life cycle illustration in color, some fun beetle poems, a beetle kaleidoscope to color, our own personal experiences, and kid-friendly articles about 2 giant beetles, one in Africa and another in the United States.  Your kids get to color these beetles and decode some word puzzles with beetle names as well.

Did you know that some cicadas live underground for 17 years before becoming winged adults for just a short time?  We share their story, plus we give you links to 4 online cicada videos and two photo sites that let you hear the sounds of different species of cicadas (and other singing insects as well).

We also teach your kids fascinating facts about mosquitoes, honey bees, bumblebees, wasps, and ants.  Your kids will learn about these social insects’ community lives, and discover more fun crafts to do, with our pompom bumblebee and chenille wire honeybee, which are irresistible and very cheap.  We give you photos and step-by-step instructions for each craft.  These professional photos were taken by 17-year-old homeschool grad, Jonathan Dunlap, who contributes his talents to this magazine in many different ways, inspiring your kids with what they could do someday.

Join us in this fascinating journey with our Butterfly and Insect Life Cycles issue of Artistic Nature Magazine.

Don’t miss the fun and learning in this packed 90-page issue.  Buy this back issue (#9 - or get all 4 issues from 2010 in a low-cost bundle), and then save over 50% on the cost of 4 new issues by buying an annual subscription to this quarterly magazine, Artistic Nature Magazine, today.  And don’t forget to tell your friends that it costs so little for over 360 packed pages per year!

The theme for this unit study is
Insect Life Cycles
Including Butterflies

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