The Red Room is filled with butterflies and blooms!
Metamorphosis is the “Big Science Word” we are learning and we are actually watching this process happen in our own classroom. Our six caterpillars are on the way to making their individual chrysalids and are growing daily. We have been watching and waiting patiently to see what will happen. We are hoping to have beautiful painted lady butterflies before long.
To mimic what they are seeing, the children have made caterpillars out of colorful pompoms and tongue depressors. Next they have cut out leaves for the caterpillars to eat. Their caterpillars were very hungry and have eaten many, many holes into those green leaves. (The children made holes in their leaves with hole punches, strengthening fine motor skills.) Finally they wrapped their caterpillars in yarn to rest before…the finale…the gorgeous tissue paper butterflies.
We are enjoying reading with props, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tall, Tall Grass, Butterfly Birthday, A Flower Pot is Not a Hat, and many more.
As part of our science, we have also learned that flowers have many parts - the roots, stem, leaves, and petals. The children have loved putting together a huge puzzle with all of these parts. Ask your child what happened when we put white flowers into different containers of colored water.
They have painted flowers using large bath sponges and celery sticks, experiencing the feel and the look of the varying textures. The sensory box is full of potting soil with plastic flowers, shovels, small flower pots and plastic bugs that live in the dirt! The children love exploring in the soil and seeing how it feels on their hands.
We have been busy planting vegetable seeds in our garden, watering, and now waiting patiently and looking to see how they grow! Each child has also planted his/her own grass seed in a cup and we are watching to see what happens.
Blanche and Debbie
Important Dates to Remember:
Spirit Night Rescheduled – Wednesday, May 6th
End of the Year School Program-May 21st at 11:00 am
Information to come about Red Room end of the year celebration and picnic.