This week we transitioned from caterpillars to butterflies… Literally! When we arrived at school on Monday, the butterflies had hatched out of their chrysalises! We took a trip down to the pre-k room to observe them in their little garden. On Tuesday we got to head outside to watch as the 10 beautiful butterflies were released to enjoy their spring time! It was a special experience to have observed the life cycle from tiny caterpillars to flying butterflies right in our own classroom.
To continue on our exciting butterfly theme, we of course had to act out being butterflies ourselves! After reading some books about butterflies, everyone got a movement scarf to use as their prop in the butterfly life cycle! Just like last week when we acted out The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this week we again started from a little egg on a leaf, to a caterpillar, to a chrysalis, to a baby butterfly, to an adult butterfly! Then as “adult butterflies” everyone pretended to fly around the room eating nectar from sweet flowers.
We had a color-matching activity in our room all week with 10 colorful butterflies to match to their flowers. We even took this outside on Thursday and went on a flower hunt around the playground!
On Tuesday there was a quiet tray of flowers, leaves, butterflies, caterpillars, and magnifying glasses to explore small-world play.
Then Tuesday during our group activity everyone decorated cutouts of their handprint to design individual butterflies. We used these later as props in our morning circle time songs! It was fun to use these along with popular songs like “Five Little Butterflies” and “Butterfly, Butterfly Flutter Around.”
On Thursday we made more butterfly art and talked about symmetry. Everyone got cork stamps to paint “gloopy-gloppy” spots onto one side of a rectangle paper, and then fold it over to make the print. When opened, the paint created a mirrored pattern on both sides, just like the patterns of a butterfly’s wings!
There was also a felt board to tell the story of the very hungry caterpillar and sequencing the life cycle of the butterfly (and “teaching” it to friends).
At our circle time lessons for Second Step, we learned about “strong feelings” and how to tell your body to “Stop!” when you are having a strong feeling like being frustrated. Next week we will learn more steps for how to calm our bodies and manage our uncomfortable feelings.
On Friday we will have Shabbat and get to be the special helpers for the blessings! It is also our class’s turn to see the Torah up close – the first time ever seeing the Torah for many friends!
Have a great weekend, Shabbat shalom!
-Ms. Maddie and Mr. Benny