Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mrs.C. and Mrs.Walsh Seager 3's April 15

                                   If there are worms, it must be spring

How long can I stretch this worm?

We were happy to see caterpillars in our classroom when we came back from spring break. So far, we have 4 caterpillars that have successfully spun a chrysalis.  We explained that the chrysalis is like a sleeping bag, and soon they will wake up as butterflies.  We studied the life cycle of a butterfly by using the acrylic specimen blocks and then putting them in correct order.  Small groups played the butterfly life cycle game learning many interesting facts along the way.  The smallest butterfly is about the size of a fingernail and butterflies can “taste” with their feet, so they can tell if something is good to eat.  We have numerous butterfly books in the science center and library showing the beautiful colors that butterflies can be, so they are anxious to see what color ours will be.

Observing and asking questions

Learning  butterfly facts
The children planted grass heads.  They made a face on a cup, scooped in dirt and seed and gave it a few squirts of water.  We will wait for them to grow, give them a “hair cut” and send them home.
 We made a chart listing what plants need to survive to grow.  Using white carnations, we demonstrated how water travels up flower stems to feed the flowers.  The flowers were placed in beakers of colored water and we watched them turn beautiful rainbow shades.
Colorful carnations

Giving our grass heads a little squirt of water

The wooden bird puzzles were out for making sets and patterns.  The numbered caterpillar was fun for counting segments and putting them in number order.  Number puzzles and the ants on a log game were used to reinforce number recognition and understanding the relationship between  numbers and quantities.  The long chopsticks are always fun to use and a great finger workout, so we added them to the plastic bugs as the children sorted and classified them by size and color.  Small groups  worked on 1 to 1 correspondence matching sport ball stickers to the matching number.

Number ordering caterpillar segments
The children painted a caterpillar on a paper plate and used pipettes to drop water color on a butterfly shape. They cut cars from magazines and glued them to black strips of paper to make busy roads. Our bulletin board was a group effort with the M-W-F class, creating the earth with their handprints.

                                                                        Our earth

Paintig caterpillars

       Cutting and glueing to make busy roads.
The children took turns identifying and popping  bubble wrap letters to work on letter recognition.  We watched a short video showing how crayons are made.  After sharing what their favorite color crayon is, they colored a page in their "All AboutMe" book.  

A bake shop took over the dramatic play area. The children took turns baking, serving and being customers.  When children participate in dramatic play, then learn to use language to share information.   Personal vocabularies grow as they use new words appropriately.  They develop the skills they need to cooperate with their peers, and learn to control their impulses.  This age still needs occasional intervention from adults, but the intervention is more modeling how to disagree, how to be inclusive and using appropriate language to get their wants addressed.

Thank you for taking the time to attend the children's spring tea.  The children were very excited to prepare a special morning of activities for you.

Dates to remember:
April 17---Scholastic book orders due--last one for the year
April 18th---A visit from the Naperville Library for story hour
May 4th--Conferences. No school

                                  Enjoy the weekend
                                Mrs. C. and Mrs. Walsh