Our class has been studying the life cycle of butterflies and frogs. We have caterpillars and tadpoles in our classroom. The children delight in observing the characteristics of each of these animals, and are anxious to view their transformation/metamorphosis. They have gently handled the habitats, being careful not to disturb this amazing process.
This same gentleness was evident when a student found a snail in our sandbox area. The children worked as a team to make a safe home for it and took turns observing the snail through the strawberry basket enclosure.
The children have mastered the use of scissors, snipping, fringing and cutting mounds of paper. I provided 'fancy' scissors last week, and the children enjoyed the opportunity to cut zigzag and scalloped lines. It took a bit of perseverance to use these new scissors, but they got the hang of it in no time!