We raised painted lady butterflies, and my students learned so much. We were able to observe a butterfly emerge from the chrysalis. It was such an exciting moment for them! They loved this science unit. Even those who at first thought the caterpillars were "creepy" came around in the end when the butterflies emerged. We took the butterflies outside on Friday to release them. I told the children to make a wish and not tell anyone what it was, and that when their butterflies flew away, their wish might come true. They solemnly nodded and made their wishes. When we came back in and I asked for their comments, one boy said, "I almost cried a little bit." Another boy said, "I did cry a little bit." Many children said they were sad to see them fly away, but were happy that they were now free. I'm glad we released them. They are native to our area, and the benefit of seeing these children respond in such a profound way to this small miracle was so worthwhile. Moments like that make me so glad I'm a teacher. In two more weeks, we go see the butterfly exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Anyone else doing butterflies?