Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ladybugs, Butterflies, and Tadpoles, Oh My!

In Kindergarten this week, our understanding of life cycles has continued to unfold with our observations of ladybugs, tadpoles and butterflies. After watching our ladybugs transform into adults, we released them into the "wild" on Monday. 

Ladybug release!

Some ladybugs crawled onto us!

Our butterflies came out of their chrysalises! We were so excited to watch them transform!

Mrs. Binnall and I released two butterflies so they would survive. We can't wait to release the rest of the butterflies with the class once they come out of their chrysalises! 

This week, we researched all about frogs, including what frogs look like, what they eat, where frogs live, and some cool facts about frogs. Our research was done during our listening, book, and observation centers. Our art, writing, poetry and Fundations centers all focused on our theme of frogs. Be sure to ask your child what he/she learned about frogs this week!

Each week, the children get "coupons" to reinforce positive behavior. 
An example from this week: Sid got a coupon to read a story to the class! Sid did an amazing job!

Thank you to Mrs. Vienneau for coming in to be our mystery reader on Friday!

Guiding questions: 
- What do frogs look like? What do frogs eat? 
- What was your child's favorite fact about frogs? 
- What was the whole school reward on Friday?
- Who was the mystery reader? What did he/she bring to read?
-Have your child read a story to you, or read a story to your child. Ask him/her the following questions to think about reading: 
Start at the beginning, and retell what happened in the story. 
What did the story make you think about?
What was your favorite part of the story and why? 

Looking Ahead:
-Next week, students will be writing their very own research books on frogs or butterflies. 
-We will be learning about zoo animals, in preparation for our upcoming field trip to the Franklin Park Zoo
-Save the Date: June 15th will be our Kindergarten Celebration! Please RSVP who will be attending this spectacular event!  

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