We’ve been busy since spring break!
A frog theme was our feature: a small representations of the frog life cycle; little magnetized frogs on a mirror lake; frog and lily pad posting; frog matching; frog painting; and, of course, a frog finger puppet that comes with a frog song:
One green and speckled frog, sat on a hollow log,
eating the most delicious lunch, yum, yum.
He hopped into the pool, where it was nice and cool,
then there were no more speckled frogs.
Then, the caterpillars arrived! They were so tiny!
Within a week, though, they had grown so big that they turned into chrysalises. We watched those for about a week, until the butterflies emerged over the weekend! Such fun!
We’ll give them sugar water for about one week before we release them on our playground garden.
The next few weeks will focus on insects. A special emphasis will be on ants, but no real ones will be in the classroom, though.
This time of year, all kinds of themes run alongside each other in the classroom, as we introduce the idea of magnetic and non-magnetic; things that go or live on land; and, later, things that go or live in the air and water.
We also have a desert magnet board that holds magnetized desert animals that’s an open-ended language activity. The children usually love the vinyl representations of desert animals that they can play with on the kinetic sand.
On the back deck, the children have started washing baby clothes on an old-fashioned child-size washboard. They get water, use a bar soap, and rub the clothes until they get all soaped up. We teach them how to squeeze the water from the clothes and hang them to dry.
I am always so impressed with the toddlers’ interest in such activities!