We have been enjoying our little mini-block on Monarchs. We read a nature story from our second grade curriculum that we hadn't gotten to cover last year, and did some nice artwork and nature walks. We also got a nice stack of stories from the library about monarchs. These were really nice ones, as they are really told as stories. I feel that this is very important at this age, despite it becoming increasingly harder to find such books at times, with so many children's books on science and nature done in an almost encyclopedic style, a sort of listing of facts.
It is important for the child's listening skills for them to be able to hear a story about a creature and pick up the bits of information that are embedded in it. In our nature story, it was revealed that the butterflies wings are covered with fine feathers, a new point for my older child. It was important to find things that would appeal to her, since this is a topic that we have certainly covered before, but not yet with the younger one. Thus, we had a mix of activities - some directed towards her and others more directed towards him, but still seeking to include her.