Thursday, April 5, 2012

What's the BUZZ????

Check out what we've been doing this week....We started our computer time twice a week.  We are doing SuccessMaker in the lab. This program places children according to their skill level in Math and Reading.  Students will be in this initial placement for a few sessions then it will start working with them at their level.  It's a great way to fill gaps and extend learning in both of these subjects.  

 Here's our classroom tree updated for our insect unit!
 Here's a close-up of the tree.  Thanks to our amazing Moms for helping get it decorated so cute for our learning.  It makes our classroom library such a fun place to sit and read books.

In the Science center this week, we've been watching this little caterpillar.  One of the students discovered him last week in the worm bin.  He was TEENY when we found him.  We put him in the butterfly cage and watched him GROW AND GROW.  Wednesday morning, I came in and found him in the J.  I took the first two pictures at 8:00am and by 8:20am he was completely in his chrysalis (see the second picture).

Also in Science we worked on our bee hives.  Last week we paper mache'd our balloons and let them dry.  This week, we covered them in yellow.    We read the book Busy as a Bee by Melvin Berger and learned all about these great creatures.  The students then added their bees and bee facts to their hives.  Check out some of their work.  

 I have to say that most of these projects took extra parent hands.  I am so thankful for such amazing and supportive parents in the Learning Garden.  It is a SPECIAL place to learn and grow every day because of your help.  Happy Spring!

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