They are off! Congratulations to these kiddos who are off to Kindergarten. We will miss you. Keep up the hard work and always be kind. We know you'll do great things!
Butterfly.....This is the last stage of the life cycle. A butterfly's wings have symmetry, which means both wings are the same designs. There are 17,500 species of butterflies in the world. The children were encouraged to follow directions for each stage.
In our fine motor journals they drew an M, encouraged to draw a set of wings on their letter M and decorate as desired.
When a butterfly is encased in a chrysalis, they will go through metamorphosis. As a butterfly comes out, his body squeezes and releases liquid, which helps the wings dry out. Today we made a drawing of the life cycle of a butterfly.
Caterpillars are the soft-bodied insects that belong to the order Lepidoptera. Caterpillar like to stay on leaves to keep away from the birds and other animals that might eat them. Caterpillars are easy prey for birds, wasps and mammals. Today we made a caterpillar sculpture using cornstarch noodles and a straw.
Butterflies lay eggs on and under leaves to keep them safe and hidden. A butterfly's life cycle stars with an egg on a leaf, then in time a caterpillar hatches. The leaf helps protect the eggs and will also be eaten by the caterpillar as its first meal. During this Invitation to Create, children used their creative ideas to lay their butterfly eggs on a leaf. It is important for children to engage in positive art experiences and understand there is not a right or wrong way to be creative. We used paper, pasta, glue and nature items.
The idea of a caterpillar changing into a beautiful butterfly is fascinating to young learners. The life cycle is a wonderful way to show children how things grow and change into something different. From egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly; children begin to see how a life cycle works.
The Forest Friends story "Bee Respectful" is about being kind and accepting to those who are different from us. They designed their own special and unique bees. Just like our bee, we are all special unique. We designed our own special unique bee using sequins, dot markers, crayons and tissue paper.
Yellow jackets can get angry very easily, especially when they hear noises. Today we created a noisemaker to sound like a buzzing hello jacket.
There are about 20,000 different types of bee species. Today we learned carpenter bees chew through wood and create tunnels for their eggs. We cut bee puzzles and decided what they were goin to look like. They used their spatial skills to put the bees back together again or make them look silly.