Our week started off with some very exciting happenings! When we arrived to class on Monday we had 3 beautiful butterflies in our Caterpillar House! We all gathered around excitedly to take a closer look and share our observations..."They are beautiful!", "They are brown and white", "Butterflies!"
Later that morning the class walked out to the garden courtyard area to release our beautiful friends back into their natural habitat, but only one friend was ready to use his wings to fly away. What an awesome sight! The children waved and called out their goodbyes happily!
On Wednesday we all came into the classroom and immediately checked the Caterpillar house to see how the other two butterflies were doing. They seemed ready to be set free by the way they were flapping their wings. After visiting with them we got down to work creating some works of art to capture and reflect our experiences and learning. We made painted butterflies by spooning paint onto paper and folding it in half, then opening them again to discover the butterfly like print emerge. We then painted egg crates to represent the Caterpillar stage Finally, we created a cocoon with crumpled up tissue paper as per the request of one of our little biologists, Devin! What a wonderful example of the richness of curriculum that emerges from the endless creativity and curiosity of our children. They lead, we facilitate!
Our week ended on a sweet note with a trip to the Beit Issie farmers market where we snacked on delicious fruits and veggies. Thanks to all our families for bringing in apples to contribute.
As always Shabbat services were a highlight and we want to thank and congratulate our big Shabbat boy, Caleb Marcus (and his family). He did a great job!
Shabbat Shalom and have a wonderful weekend!
Sue & Anita