Our Monarch

This time last year, we had an aquarium full of monarch caterpillars. Our 21 caterpillars eventually grew into 10 monarch butterflies that we released with our neighbors. This year, we didn’t think we were going to grow any monarchs. Imagine our surprise when we found a teeny tiny caterpillar on our milkweed! This post may…

Rainforest in a Bottle

This post may contain affiliate links. You can read my Disclosure Statement here for more info. The latest chapter in our science curriculum had a fun observation exercise for the Wonder Kids: create a rainforest in a bottle. The chapter included a trip through the Amazon rainforest with a native guide. I admit that we don’t…

Sorting All the Seeds

Now that we’ve sorta kinda narrowed down our seed selections for the first growing season, it’s time to figure out when to seed what. This is one of the favorite garden chores of the Wonder Kids. Armed with our garden calendar from the newspaper, our kitchen calendar, and our seeds, we started plotting veggie growing.…

New Year’s Resolution #2

Happy New Year! This year, we’re combining 3 new adventures to try into 1 big adventure, our version of Project Based Learning. We will be growing a stir-fry garden. For us, this is kind of big deal since we’re incorporating so many new adventures into 1. Sounds simple enough. But being us, let me make…

Amaryllis Math: Day 36

When last we left our amaryllis, it was only 4″ tall. We left it alone for a few days while we visited family. While we were gone, it shot up like a tweenager. Now that we’ve semi-recovered from our trip, we can get back to measuring the amaryllis. Boy Wonder #2 did the honors today,…

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to you! We are grateful that you come along our gardening adventures with us. Gardening is so much more fun with friends! Y’all are the ice cream to our pecan pie.  Boy Wonder #2 made this Lego turkey to celebrate the day.    

Amaryllis Math: Day 18

The Wonder Kids are having fun measuring and charting the growth of our amaryllis. They’re still very impatient for it to bloom but staring at it won’t make it grow faster. *Whoa, did my father’s wisdom just blurt out of my mouth?* To keep the chaos at a semi-manageable level, the Wonder Kids take turns…

Amaryllis Check

The Wonder Kids are not very patient when it comes to growing their amaryllis. The waiting, oh, the waiting for the blooms. Day 6 after planting: Day 8 had progress! But still not enough for the Girl Wonder #1 to break out her trusty measuring tape and notebook. Day 11. Finally!! Time to measure and…

Tomato Garden Clubhouse

Our fall tomatoes are growing quite well. So well that we have to keep moving the buckets around to make sure they have enough air circulation. This morning, the Girls Wonder decided that the tomato garden would be their garden clubhouse.       Girl Wonder #2 dragged some of the buckets around to make her…

While We Waited

While we waited on our monarchs to grow from eggs to caterpillars, we had a lot of learning to do. Here are a few links to what we used to learn more about monarchs and their life cycle. Handbook of Nature Study Journey North: Monarch Butterfly Monarch Watch National Wildlife Federation: Monarchs These are just…