Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Caterpillar to Butterfly

A few weeks ago, we got some tiny little caterpillars!

We watched them as they grew into BIG caterpillars!  We watched as they made the J shape at the top of the containers and formed their chrysalises.

 We were thrilled when they turned into butterflies!

 We were fascinated by the empty chrysalis that was left!  And, of course, the beautiful butterflies that came out!

We did a lot of research during the time we spent with our caterpillars.  We learned what they need to live and the different phases of their life cycles. 

We also kept an observation journal.  We wrote down what we observed on different days as our caterpillars grew and changed. 

We were sad to see our painted ladies leave but we knew it was time for them to roam free!  It was a great experience! 

We also learned about how the wings of a butterfly are symmetrical.  We discussed symmetry and then made our own butterflies with symmetrical wings!  So pretty!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung at the ECC!

We have been enjoying getting out on the playground again!

The bikes and scooters are a huge hit!  We love them!

 We have also added some "loose parts" to our playground!  There are shells and pine cones and tiles and lots of other things found in nature for us to explore and play with! 

 We aren't the only ones enjoying our playground!  A mama duck has moved in!  She made her nest right under one of our slides!  We are keeping an eye on her and hoping to see some babies very soon! 

Book Character Day!

For one of recent class rewards, we chose to have "Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day! 

We were all very excited about this!  And the kids were super creative in the characters they chose!

We learned that a lot of our favorite characters from TV and Movies are also characters that are in books!

We also learned that our favorite princess movies started off as characters in books and stories!

We had some of our favorite book characters visit!  We love the Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!

And, of course, Junie B!  We had Junie B. from Dumb Bunny and Junie B. from The Stupid Smelly Bus!

I dressed as Madeline and Ms. Gordon dressed as Rainbow Fish!

It was a great day!