The children were captivated by the story, of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Their interest in the life cycle of a butterfly was further developed with other activities including visiting the pupae laden swan plants at the Graduation Kindergarten.
The children also enjoyed jumping down the segments of the chalk drawn caterpillar repeating the word "caterpillar, caterpillar" as they jumped.
The children observed the caterpillars and butterflies which provided opportunities to learn about and take responsibility for living creatures whilst appreciating and developing a respect for the natural world.
The children were surprised one morning to discover that a chrysalis had hatched and turned into a beautiful butterfly. The children sat and watched the butterfly as it tried to fly. The children re-visited their learning discovering how butterflies have wet wings after they hatch and that it takes time for them to dry out. All day the children kept an eye on the butterfly monitering it's well-being. This provided an opportunity for the children to learn about insects as well as take responsibility for their wellbeing.
At group time today the children discussed ideas about why one of the butterflies was taking such a long time to fly. They reasoned and predicted that the butterfly inside the chrysalis had possibly died. They followed a line of enquiry learning about chrysalis development and why this happened. One of the children wondered if this was because the chrysalis was not attached to the swan plant. The children were practising valuable research skills, asking how, what, why and when; skills which are relevant to and valued in diverse situations. The children were also learning how to observe, collect and make sense of the natural and physical worlds.
The children were engaged in child initiated creative art projects creating caterpillars and butterflies using a variety of mediums.
As the children experimented with ideas and material they had the opportunity to develop and extend ideas and express themselves creatively. In addition they were learning about conservation of natural resources and recycling waste products.