To end the month of April, the 3-year-olds learned all about caterpillars and butterflies. Students pretended to be caterpillars and went through the life cycle, from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, finally emerging into beautiful butterflies! Bumblebee students created their very own hungry caterpillars using balloons instead of paint brushes, and created colorful (SYMMETRICAL) butterflies. The best part about this theme? Both classes received live caterpillars that students get to observe and take care of daily as we wait for them to morph into butterflies and release them into our MMO garden!
Field trip to the Turtle Back Zoo!
The Bumblebees and Dragonflies were very busy during the month of April! Students began the month focusing on zoo animals and preparing for their field trip to the Turtleback Zoo. Bumblebee students played the group board game, “Feed the Monkey,” in small groups, where they took turns rolling dice and found the correct space which correlated to the number of bananas needed to feed the monkey. The children sang a song about the zoo and acted out each animal and made binoculars in preparation for their class trip. It was exciting to see some of the animals that we learned about live and in person at the Turtleback Zoo. The children are STILL talking about the bears and the giraffes. Thank you to everyone who attended!
The 3-year-olds are learning all about the season of spring in April. Bumblebee students discussed the different changes that occur in the world around them, including how flowers bloom, trees start growing leaves, animals wake up from their hibernation, and the clothes that we wear change. The Bumblebee class welcomed the warm weather that comes with spring by having some of their circle times outside on the lawn, including show and tell! The children loved the change of scenery and listening to the different sounds outside. To celebrate spring and Earth Day, students planted their our own pea & zinnia plants.
The Dragonfly students conducted a fun STEM experiment called “walking water.” Students and teachers took six cups and filled three of them with water, one with red water, one with yellow water, and one with blue water. The other three cups remained empty. Next, the class arranged the cups in a circle, alternating one with water and one without. Then, students took six strips of paper towels and put them in the cups so that one end was in a cup with water and the other end was in an empty cup. As they watched, everyone saw the colored water “walking” up the paper towels! The children predicted what would happen when the different colored waters mixed together in the empty cups. They predicted that red and yellow would make orange, yellow and blue would make green, and red and blue would make purple!
March was a very busy month for the Bumblebee class as well! Students spent the month in the deep ocean, exploring some of the sea creatures that live there. Each week the class focused on one or two animals, with art, science activities, and literacy all focused on those animals. Students learned about seahorses, clownfish, jellyfish, starfish, sharks, whales, octopus, and sea turtles. The Bumblebees even created their own pet jellyfish in a bottle! Then we explored sinking and floating and tested different items found in our classroom. We also created oceans in a bottle using sand, shells, and foam stickers.
Our Bumblebees loved looking at their pet jellyfish and their oceans in a bottle!
The STEM activity for the month of February was a prediction chart for Groundhog’s Day. Our 3-year-old students discussed what it means when the groundhog sees his shadow and when he doesn’t. Then, our students thought like scientists and predicted whether the groundhog would see his shadow or not. The dragonfly students made a chart and talked about the results. Eleven children predicted that the groundhog would see his shadow, and eight children predicted that he wouldn’t see his shadow!
The Bumblebee class pretended to be bears and had their own hibernation and then went on a bear hunt by acting out the story We’re Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. To end the hibernation theme, students had a stuffed animal show and tell. It was so much fun to see all the different types of animals that everyone brought in and to try and guess if that animal hibernates during the winter or not.
In Dragonflies one of the STEM activities in January included an experiment to see how polar bears stay warm in the icy water. We learned that they have blubber that helps to keep them warm. We filled a bowl with ice water and put our bare hands in to see how cold it was. Then, we put our hands inside a rubber glove and covered the glove with a layer of blubber (shortening). Then, we wrapped the whole thing in plastic wrap and stuck our hands back into the ice water. We couldn’t feel it! The blubber kept our hands nice and warm!
We did a lot of baking this month! The Dragonflies made latkes, and cookies!
Our 3-year-olds painted these painting by rolling acorns!
The Bumblebee class has done some charting! See the class results below: