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Monday, November 14, 2011

What Kind of Fly do You Put on Toast?...

What Kind of Fly do You Put on Toast?...
A Butter-fly!!!

Whoever said puns are the lowest form of comedy must have lived a very sad life. That one was my own original creation as well!

Todays lesson was on Butterflies! Our kindergardener lepidopterists (Butterfly Scientists) learned specifically about the butterfly cycle, how a Mama Butterfly lays an egg, which hatches into a caterpillar, which spins a cocoon (or chrysalis if you want to get technical), and finally becomes a Butterfly and the cycle starts all over again. We acted the cycle out, read a poem about it, arranged cards with pictures and words of the cycle, and quite a few other activities to help them learn this cycle. Acting out the cycle was particularly fun as it got the kids active and moving about, and seemed to help them focus on the idea a bit more than just telling it to them. The cards were really fun as well. One of the kids in my small group suggested that we each take a card and go around in a circle reading out the stage written on our card, which was a really good idea that we had a lot of fun with. We then spent the last few minuets in the garden and the lesson had a perfect ending as well as a monarch butterfly flew into the garden and all the kid got a really good look as she fluttered around us!

-Noah Schlager

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