Friday, April 28, 2017

Wait, caterpillars become butterflies!?

This week we read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, about a ravenous caterpillar who eats his way through the week. At the end of the story he is a round, plump caterpillar who turns into a butterfly!

We made our very own caterpillars out of pom-poms as well as some very beautiful butterflies from tissue paper and watercolor. This book and these activities formed space for us to learn about a big word-metamorphosis. We spent time learning about the caterpillar’s transformation and the change that takes place.

The caterpillar from this week’s book was a good representation of the way things in our world change, grow and adapt, just like we all do as we get older and bigger. Some things will change more than others, but most living things, go through some kind of change and often growth.

We continued to check on our seeds from last week, which are also in the process of a big change and metamorphosis of their own, becoming little green plants from only being white seeds a week ago. Spring is in full swing up here in our toddler center as we enjoy learning about the transformation of insects and plants.

Friday, April 21, 2017

All my life, I've been searching for trees such as these!

“The Lorax,” written by Dr. Seuss; taught us so much about the world this week in Miss Emily’s class! Combined with Monday’s concert performance by Mr. Eco (environmental awareness rapper, music talent and superhero), the Lorax gave us a platform to spend some very good time thinking about and discussing our environment. W

e got to enjoy the fact that the world is beautiful and it all works together and we are so fortunate that God made it that way!

We got to think about gratitude and initiative and how we all play a part in caring for the trees, grass, animals and even the ocean! The Lorax teaches us that “Unless someone like you (us) cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.” (Dr. Seuss) Which we reminded ourselves by painting rocks and adding the words “UNLESS’ to. Our class has also had some good practice in using only what we need, because all that we need is enough, nothing more-from paper towels, to water, to food and more!

It wouldn’t be a week reading the Lorax, without re-creating our very own Truffula trees, the shaving cream, glue and watercolor painting they did so well, made for some wonderful tufts “much softer than silk, and had the sweet smell of fresh butterfly milk” (the Onceler, Dr. Seuss).

We planted our very own seeds this week and have been watching them sprout more, day by day. Our students have been learning about some of the things that seeds need, in order to become plants, like water and fresh air. This project has also served as a fun and interesting science project/experiment.

Finally, on Friday, in the spirit of our beloved book “The Lorax” (Dr. Seuss), and with Earth Day approaching soon, we enjoyed another nature walk, on which we collected items from nature we were thankful for. You can see some these framed now in our library! It was a fun and warm week for us and we cannot wait to see you all Monday!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thank you Tree!

We read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein this week, which was an ideal book and lesson for us, leading up to Earth Day (April 22nd)! This book presented us with a chance to think about where so many of the good things like trees; grass, clean air and water come from. “The Giving Tree” linked well to our bible conversations, because we know that these wonderful parts of our environment come from God.
This week’s lesson and story teaches us about gratitude and thankfulness. The Tree in our story takes such good care of the little boy, over and over again. However, as the little boy grows and continues to take and take, he NEVER stops to thank the tree for always taking care of him-we talked about how it is important to be thankful for the things that we have, and the way that we are taken care of.

Another important lesson that Shel Silverstein’s book has to teach us is about care for our earth, and our environment. The trees and the earth give to us as people and we have to take care of the earth in response. God made a really special place for us to live and if we take care of it, and are thankful for it, it will last a long time and we can keep enjoying it.

You may have heard about our nature walk, we collected different pieces of nature to bring back to our class and turn into our very own tree. We also spent some time designing sticks and branches. Towards the end of the week our class painted with natural paint brushes, made from different leaves, plants and branches.