Sensory and tactile play. Multitude of art materials. Real examples of birds nests during a spring unit; ice play during the Arctic unit; sink and float and experiments to bring concepts to their level. Earth Day is just one example of all-school learning and participation. Books and activities build awareness on recycling and being kind to our planet. Learning gardening skills, plus the joy and pride in planting their own flowers. Having a successful experience with caterpillars to take care of and witness the process of metamorphosis within the classroom, then releasing them into the butterfly havens around church grounds.
A Language Rich Environment
The Very Hungry Caterpillar might be shared at storytime with the book or an interactive flannel piece story. Snack could be served of what the caterpillar eats in this story -oranges, plums, cheese, watermelon, etc. Children can recreate the story by drawing their own version, making painted handprint caterpillars, tissue paper versions, or glued creations of pom pons that explore many creative expressions. Puzzles and butterfly match games are often added for play extension. Walks around the gardens, with real magnifying glasses or crafted “play” binoculars enriches the learning and the fun.