Friday, April 10, 2015

April 10th, 2015

Coming back from our Easter weekend, we really got into bugs.  This is a theme in which I hold a love-hate relationship.  I love that the children love this...but I hate insects.

We started our week off by building our entomology lab.  We have 3 caterpillars (who have each successfully morphed into their chrysalis state), countless crickets, 2 African hissing cockroaches (right?!), 10 ladybugs, 5 rolly-polleys, a walking stick, and a cicada.

We also mixed a batch of bug and mud playdough.

For counting and written number practice, we made our ladybugs on a leaf.

X is for X-ray!

We didn't forget our X's, though!  In addition to insects, we learned all about x-rays this week.

We even got to visit with an x-ray technician!

Then, we were back to bugs.  Towards the middle of the week, we focused mostly on the lifecycle of a butterfly.

Our caterpillars' lifecycle conveniently aligned with our studies and, just as we began to discuss the concept, they each built themselves a cocoon.

x marks the spot!

Totally unrelated, we made our lower-case, "x marks the spot."

This week, we matched beautiful butterfly pairs...

...explored many species of insects...

...hunted for them in leftover Easter grass...

...and painted wings...

 create a colony of butterflies.

We ended our week on a high note with our music teacher...

...and we all agree that there is nothing more fun than music- especially drum circles!

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