We like to take the indoor things out (we are reading and writing outside these days), and we like to bring the outdoors in (we ordered caterpillars from a company in Ontario)! They arrived by mail in little cups, with everything they need to live through all the stages. We are singing about how to tell if something is living, nonliving, or used to be living, and what living things need. You'll see from our wonderful pictures how small the caterpillars used to be, and how they are busy growing and pooping! We are fascinated by this process, as it reminds us of the Eric Carle book, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. We have learned how and why to clean the caterpillar habitat, and are anxiously predicting and watching for the next stages. We'll do other updates soon about these amazing changes! When you read the words on each photo, you'll see what each child has said about the process and how they are demonstrating their learning of the K Program science expectations.
Now that the warmer weather is here, we try to learn outdoors as much as we can. We've also started participating in the 5-minute run, which is a school-wide initiative from Grades 1 to 8 that we are also joining. We love feeling strong and healthy as we become more aware of our heartbeat, our stamina, and our own physical development over time. Every day, half the class runs with a teacher and we know how to stay on the white path, how to recover, and how to listen to our body as we run our 2 laps. It's amazing the change and progress we can see! This will be great training for those of you who are participating in the Kid's Duathlon on June 6th, a fantastic community event started by local parents 6 years ago. The permission form is pictured if anyone still wants to join.
Last week we got so much rain! It changed our plans to talk about shadows, and made us think about how the birds, bugs and creatures would fare with all the rain and even hail. We thought we'd design a safe space for a bug to take shelter in that could withstand a watering can rain! Planning and talking about a working design is one of our K Program expectations, as well as describing, observing and explaining their science investigation. So after all our materials were put out, each child or group thought about the materials and design that would keep water off a plastic bug. Would we use paper, plastic, wood, fabric, or straws? How would we secure it and which shape would it take? Where was the best place to put the bug to keep out of the rain? After we conducted our watering can experiment, many children told us what was a good idea or a bad idea. It was exciting to see them change their minds about a future building plan- there are no mistakes, just refinements as we work towards something that works better!