The Red Thread of The Arts at CLCOctober 28, 2013
Developmentally Speaking . . .December 16, 2013
A moment in time: One of the butterflies the kindergarteners have been eagerly awaiting to emerge from their chrysalises finally did. Even after warming up, it wasn’t quite ready to head to Mexico just yet, giving Ms. Patty one more teachable moment with the students.
As part of the ongoing study of butterflies the teachers wove in a number of subjects into students’ learning experiences:
- Literature (reading stories and non-fiction books)
- Geography (mapping monarch migration)
- Writing (student created books, journals, observations)
- Botany (studying plants necessary for each stage of the monarch life cycle)
- Art (creating monarch hand puppets, illustrating books, and painting butterflies hidden in their native habitats)
- Music (learning and performing songs for the butterflies — including super cute rendition of Happy Birthday for the emergent monarch!)
- Scientific process (making predictions, observations, corrections)
- Science (Life cycle, insects study, nature of flight)
- Play (Mixing butterfly knowledge with good ‘ole fashioned imagination — never goes out of style)
- And much more!
Truly an integrated whole child educational experience they will remember for a long time to come.