Thursday, 28 January 2010
The children were showing a big interest in the growth stages of frogs after Rachael (the teacher) read a book called, "Big Changes For A Tiny Tadpole," to the children at mat time. To extend the children's interest, I bought in three chrysalises from my own garden and made a 'home' for them to stay in - a box. I discussed with the children how a butterfly develops through the four stages of metamorphosis - egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and an adult butterfly and the children can watch them grow and understand how a black and orange butterfly emerges from a chrysalis. From this activity, the children can investigate and compare the butterfly and human life cycles and help the children connect math and science too. Even our resident cat gets into the curriculum at Bayfield!!!! See attached photos.