The Caterpillars used their handmade pottery tea cups in a traditional Korean tea ceremony, presented by Clara's mom. The children appreciated it, loved having their cups to drink from and Clara's mom was impressed with how attentive and engaged they were. Everybody's cup went home in the lunchbox.
The Butterfly Class released their first batch of Painted Lady Butterflies yesterday. One of the butterflies had a wing that did not fully develop. We talked about how people also have different kinds of bodies; some people use a wheelchair, etc. The children decided to put the butterfly, which was happily sitting atop a piece of orange, onto the top of the shed. We are excited to see the next group of butterflies come out of their chrysalises.
Ben's big sister, former caterpillar, came to read to the class. "Giraffe and a Half" and "Let's go on a Drive". The kids were enthralled while she read. Always fun to have a big kid in the room.
Today's fire station visit was one of the best visits we have had, even with the heat. If you were unable to join us, check out the photos taken to catch the feel of the morning.
The soil is full of creatures wriggling, crawling, and some are flying and landing. The children are investigating these springtime bugs and worms. Kerry brought in logs that were decomposing and full of the promise of creatures. There were many-legged bugs and a colony of ants! The children became very quiet and watched a bug “play dead” until it felt the surroundings were safe and then begin to crawl away!
Today we continued making our very, very, very long paper chain to illustrate how many more days until everyone starts their new schools. We counted 100 loops, and the children wanted to add more, so we did! Next week we will begin the chain to count the number of days we have as Butterflies. We were quite an assembly line: Some children were using the ruler to make lines, some were cutting freehand, some were very excited in cutting the paper, others were helping to staple!
Join us at our Annual Spring Concert: Sunday May 21st, 11am - 1pm at CNS; featuring Jeff Jam in Concert!
Tomorrow is officially declared Worm Wednesday. When Henry's sister was a Caterpillar, she and her father brought in some earthworms to observe. The tradition lives on and tomorrow their family will bring in earthworms from their yard. If you see some on your way in- and would like to contribute to the festivities, feel free. Magnifying glasses all around.....
We have had a week full of springtime and Jack and the Beanstalk! The children are very excited about bringing the story of Jack into the space of our room. So far, we have a very long and very green beanstalk complete with tendrils and leaves. We also have a “tumble-down farm house”. The children thought it would be best to look at the illustrations to see what colors we should paint the outside and the inside of the house. So, it’s purple and turquoise on the outside and a lovely yellow on the inside. We will see what else the children want to make.
The caterpillars have arrived, so we will get to watch them prepare to turn into butterflies! Habitat came this week. They brought worms and bird nests. We learned some interesting facts about worms. They dig deeply during the winter and live in their tunnels. Robins patter on the ground so that the worms think that it is raining and come up to the surface. We have been trying to move from one side of the rug to the other without using our arms or legs! It’s quite difficult.
The children have been coming to school full of stories about flowers, creatures, blossoms and other signs of spring. Keep noticing! It’s such an amazing time out there.