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Butterflies and blooms enchant children

Homeschoolers take field trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens

By Sarah Read

Homeschooler Mark Dugan was lucky enough to have a butterfly land on his head.

Homeschooler Mark Dugan was lucky enough to have a butterfly land on his head.

Forget the typical stereotypes of homeschooling. Over two dozen area families, nearly 90 children total, gathered at Frederik Meijer Gardens this week to—gasp!—socialize and explore the world beyond their kitchen tables. “Believe it or not, we do get out and do things, all the time,” laughed Lori Gwilt, a homeschooling mom from Sunfield, who joined other families from Greenville, Rockford, Ionia, Lowell, Stanton and Sand Lake for Monday’s field trip.

Organized by the Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers group, the tour included exploring the seasonal butterfly exhibit, along with their sculpture park and elaborate outdoor children’s garden. The weather cooperated nicely for the event, allowing families to enjoy a picnic lunch around the pavilion with clear skies. “The weather was perfect,” shared Barb Kaaikala, of Greenville, “which helped make this a wonderful experience.”

“[We] loved it,” added Candice Fleszar, of Lowell. “Our family had a fantastic time and got to meet many new, wonderful people.”

Post photo by S. Read

Post photo by S. Read

In addition to their own home studies, members of Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers followed up the field trip two days later with butterfly-related activities and lessons at the Greenville Area Community Center on April 14.

Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers is an inclusive group providing connection, support, group activities, field trips, mom meet-ups and more to area homeschoolers. To learn more information, visit www.greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers.com.

Post photo by S. Read

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