Bugs, Bugs, Bugs and Birds!
Younger Classes, April 23-27, 2012
Room 15 AM
We have been doing an exploration of bugs and their habitats over the past couple of weeks in the Younger Class. We have been reading books, looking at real bugs, creating our own bugs in their own habitats, helping to tell stories about bugs and making up our own. We have even been watching caterpillars as they grow. At this point almost all the caterpillars have made a chrysalis and we are anxiously watching for the butterflies to emerge. We have been careful to mark the progress on our chart - so far we are at Day 20! Here are some of the highlights of this exploration:
One day we talked about different kinds of habitats where insects live. Then we decided what kind of habitat to make for an imaginary bug. We used glue and different kinds of things like grass, sand, rocks, and flowers to create our bug habitat.
The next day we created bugs out of play-dough and all kinds of collage materials to live in our habitats. We told a story about our bugs and took a photo so that we could remember it.
On another day we watched and learned about real garden snails as they moved about in something we called a "snail circus". They are amazing creatures and we enjoyed watching them and learned to be very careful so they would not be hurt.
We had fun playing a snail board-game and recorded which snail won each race by putting a sticky-dot on a graph.
On another day we followed a recipe to make our own snack which was called "Ants on a Log". Most people agreed it tasted good but lots of them thought it was a funny name for something to eat!
RM 19 AM
Bugs, bugs ... We love bugs!
After planting and gowing their grass, the younger class made bugs with playdough, feathers, chenille stems and googly eyes to add to their gardens. We also observed snails and watched them crawl across a wire, through a tunnel, climb a slide and make watercolor tracks.
RM 15 PM
Our generous parent helpers enrich our curriculum in many ways. One of those is by involving the children in preparing their own snacks. On Tuesday, a parent brought an apple corer and peeler and gave each child a chance to turn the crank. Yesterday our parent helper brought the makings for "Bugs on a Log," and each child placed their raisin "bugs" on their celery and peanut butter "logs." Some of the other benefits of snack time are the chance to practice independence (pouring water, passing the serving dish, etc), practice table manners (using those "magic words"), and slowing down enough to enjoy casual conversation with one another. Yesterday, the slower pace of our snack time enabled us to observe a bird outside our window.