19 March 2017
Thank you again for all the flowers that the second group has brought to our class last week. We had flowers such as orchids, hibiscus, and frangipanis from the garden; and mums from the market. The flowers have certainly brighten up and given a soft touch to the classroom. We loved arranging the flowers into different size vases.
As part of our garden and minibeast theme, we have been going out into the garden to look for minibeast. We started by talking about insects. The first insects we looked at were caterpillars, and butterflies. We read stories about caterpillars turning into butterflies. However, we still haven’t really grasped the idea of caterpillars turning into butterflies. So in the art centre, we made caterpillars from clothe pegs. We counted the number of pom-pom balls that we could fit on the clothe pegs. After that we wound wool around the toilet rolls to make the butterflies’ chrysalis; we put our caterpillars inside and let them go to sleep during the weekend. Today to our surprise, we took the caterpillars out from their chrysalis, and they had turned into butterflies. We were so excited to see this change. We also talked about flies and mosquitoes. We talked about how flies can carry germs with them. In the art centre, we used the fly squatter to make art pieces. We all had fun hitting the fly squatter on the paper. Some of us could hardly stop hitting.
As last week we also had “Pi Day” we spent some time exploring circles. We played and sang circle game songs. Together we tried making big and small circles. To celebrate Pi Day, in Cooking we made circle peach pies. We observed how we could use a round bowl to cut a rectangle piece of dough into circles. We enjoyed cutting the peaches into small pieces and wanted to taste them right away.
This week we will continue to talk about bees, dragonflies and ladybirds. We will also be looking at ground insects such as ants, grasshoppers and crickets. There should certainly be lots of jumping around this week.
Please be reminded that our class will be going on a field trip to Wanatam Park this Thursday 22 March. Please arrive at school by 8.15. Let your child wear their house t-shirts, diaper, comfortable shoes and bring a hat to school. Please also send in your child’s water bottle.