During the school year we work on our names daily! One of the best places to start when it comes to teaching children how to recognize letters and to read is to begin with their name. Every young child is interested in their own name, names are meaningful and personal! They will naturally begin to recognize their friends names as well over time. We read name books daily; each child has their own name book. Their names are posted all over; in the classroom, in the bathroom, cups, folders and cubbies.
The name plates your child will come home with weekly may seem very simple and repetitious but they are learning so much more than their name. We work on shapes, colors, letter recognition, scissor skills and patterns. The younger kids match up the shape with the letter written on the name plate. The older kids put their name together without prompts. The older kids will also either trace their name or write themselves.
Anyone that knows our family, knows we are a hockey family!! Branden was fortunate to be a part of a commercial for hockey this past March. Not only was this a cool experience for him and for us to see his face on national television, but the message is amazing for every child! The commercial may be for a mortgage company, but every child needs to believe in themselves. School and sports will be a challenge at times but keep trying and believe in yourself and you will have success. Take a peek, 30 second commercial with a powerful message!
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.