Sunday, April 30, 2017

Butterfly, Butterfly, Fly Away Home!

One of our families brought monarch caterpillars to school.  The children loved watching them move through the habitat and were impressed with the amount of fras (poop) they produced.  As we were leaving for Spring Break, we had one lovely green and gold chrysalis and another on the way.  I knew I would be out of town for the emergence of the adult butterfly, so I asked my granddaughters to 'chrysalis sit' for me.  They took care of our precious insects and reported that they were able to release two monarchs in their garden.  

Who doesn't love a good pair of sunnys, a fancy dress and high heels?  

I read The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers, a story about a boy (earthling) and a martian.  We were inspired to create our own solar system and worked as a team to paint a gigantic earth.

A view inside the classroom.

The children are 'tip toeing' on their neighbor's hand while singing 'Hey Betty Martin'.  This took cooperation and coordination.  

A sunny day in the sandbox.

The children followed and extended a monarch caterpillar repeating pattern with unifix cubes.  We've done these patterns so often that now they suggest new patterns based on books I read or the clothes they are wearing.  

We mixed primary colors with shaving cream.  The children used scrapers and their hands and created beautiful (pale) secondary colors.

After the rain comes the snails.  Students who were squeamish about holding the snails gave it a try and decided that snails are easier to hold then slugs.  These little guys kept escaping while we played outside, so we had to go on a few snail hunts to place them back in their home.

Lemon yellow play dough was a big hit after the Spring Break.

Water Beads in the Marble Works run were a new, thrilling experience.

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