Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies!

My son went to his first day of summer camp today! Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies at Belmont University is a fantastic summer camp. Dr. Murphree is funny and engaging and my son couldn't believe it was time to go home when I picked him up. 

Hey, Mom! Did you know that lightning bugs aren't even bugs? They're beetles! Why on earth did someone call them bugs?

Photo from BackyardNature. net 
Hey Mom! Can we plant morning glories? There is this BEAUTIFUL beetle that loves morning glories. It's a golden tortoise beetle. I'd love to see it!

photo from what's that bug. 
When looking for camps earlier this spring, (which was almost too late!) this is what I was searching for:
  •  A drop off program. I can teach my children a lot of things, but I can't teach them how to be away from me. I need to give them practice at being on their own. They need to have confidence that they can do things on their own, and I need to know that they can behave themselves around other adults and in group settings. 
  • Cheap! Not made of money here, and camps can range from free to over the top. This program was surprisingly reasonable!
  • Educational. I do not need an alternative to daycare that will provide safe entertainment for my children while I am busy doing something else. I want their experience to help them grow either intellectually, physically, or spiritually. 
Many universities and small colleges have programs throughout the summer. Many of these programs are offered by the school's professors in their areas of expertise. These programs tend to fill quickly but if you missed the early enrollment and have your heart set on a particular program, call their office a week before to see if they have had any cancellations or last minute openings.  So, what great programs have you found in the past or are looking forward to this summer?


  1. Thank you for joining us at NOBH Jennifer! Great post about bugs and your interaction with your son.

  2. Thank you, Lynda, I really enjoy NOBH. Thanks for reading!

  3. That sounds like so much fun! That sort of reaction would leave me feeling like I wanted to come and learn too... such a sucker for learning. Though your point about letting them learn to stand on their own feet is well-taken too.

    Thought I'd drop by and let you know that the Classical Homeschooling Carnival is finally posted, including the article you submitted.