Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7th, 2017

This week, we learned all about insects!

We started our week off with reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Then, we made a classroom book about our own very hungry caterpillars.

We also heavily discussed the life cycle of a butterfly.

But, discussing it just doesn't do it justice and we had to observe it for ourselves.
Meet Catty and Pillar, our classroom caterpillars.


Throughout the week, we had an opportunity to witness firsthand our caterpillars go from crawling...

...to preparing to transform...

...to all-out chrysalis!  We expect beautiful monarchs within the next 10-14 days.

Meanwhile, we also had fun with other insects.
We played buggy games...

...we examined real specimens...

...and we constructed models with clay.

We also didn't just stop with caterpillars.  We built up a mini entomology lab with a grasshopper...

...crickets...

...an ant farm...

and countless ladybugs!

Eventually, on Friday, we let the crickets, grasshopper, and ladybugs go back into the wild.

Then, we reflected on our favorite bugs.




It's been a truly wonderful week!

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24th, 2017

This week, we got our hands dirty.

Celebrating the first day of spring on Monday, we planted our new garden.  We now are the proud growers of tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, kale, basil, and peas!

We also welcomed our pet worms this week.

We examined some of the different parts of a worm and how their castings help gardens grow.  Fortunately, no one figured out what worm castings are.


We also thoroughly reviewed washing our hands this week!

Some opted out of holding worms, though, and were perfectly content to read about them instead.

And reading was something we did a lot of this week.

Filling up our awesome library yet again...

we learned all about growing our own salad.

Meanwhile, throughout our week, we also put together garden puzzles...

learned about gardening tools...

took care of our sprouting clovers from St. Patrick's Day...

counted worms in the soil...

studied the different parts of a plant...

played planty games...

held a letter Uu show-n-tell...

and practiced our written U's.

Then, just when we thought the week couldn't get any cooler, we also welcomed a pet snail!

Right?!

We tended to our garden every day...

and never forgot to water.

By the end of the week, we decided to release the worms to allow them to do what worms do.  
Happy eating, worms!


This has been the best week ever!!!