by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle

My 11-year-old daughter is teaching her four youngest siblings today.

home school lesson on caterpillars
Yesterday, in the front yard, the kids found caterpillars just emerging from eggs.

After collecting a dozen or so and putting them in our butterfly house, the 11 year old was inspired. She asked if she could plan school for the next day.

“Yes, you can!” I said.

So she raided our bookcases, researched online and collected supplies. She planned math, reading, science and art lessons all revolving around the life cycles of a caterpillar.

In fact, she found so many cool things to do with the kids that she wants to teach again tomorrow.

“Yes, you can!” I said.

Pros — Older kid gets to teach, research and share her excitement, plus improve her typing skills. From 11 to 17 WPM in the past two days.

Pros — Younger kids get to color, count and collect more bugs with their big sister. From what I hear, there’s a scavenger hunt and drama performance in the lesson plans for tomorrow.

Pros — For me, a break from lesson planning and teaching.

Cons — Being overrun by hungry caterpillars. At last count, we have 30 in the butterfly house. As we’ve learned from the preeminent naturalist and children’s book author Eric Carle in A Very Hungry Caterpillar, these little guys will eat everything, which explains why our oak tree is losing all of its leaves.

The outcome is pretty amazing though. Butterflies!

Kinda like what I’m hoping for my six little caterpillars.


About the Author
I'm one frizzled momma finding adventure and delight everyday...and writing about it! My chicken coop is full of six chicks, lots of friends, tons of books, and plenty of work. Stick around, I've got loads of stories to share.


  1. Kim says:

    Tell that sweet and ambitious teacher to keep up the good work. She’s in her own metamorphosis. Good job, Mamma!

    1. ruth says:

      Will do! BTW, the play is hilarious! It’s about a judgemental bird telling the momma butterfly that she is a negligent parent. And about how the kids turn into beautiful butterflies anyway. Insect Parenting 101!?!

  2. Miranda says:

    Yay! Welcome to the blogging world! How in the world did you get your site to look so good, so fast?! It took me months, and even then I had to rely on a friend! Thanks so much for sharing these pics. I miss you guys terribly and can’t wait to make some more memories!

    1. ruth says:

      Soon you’ll be sharing central Florida adventures with us! I got site help from my Web Fairy! She is one fabulous chick! Check her out at Nevermore Studios.

  3. Deborah says:

    Those kids are as creative as their Mama! Wow-wish I could have been there for that lesson.