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As always, the Rainbow Room is a flutter with child-driven education, fun and friendship! Magic Garden’s annual butterfly hatch made quite an impact on the Rainbow children. Our students keenly observed the caterpillars as they crawled about, transformed into chrysalides and, finally, broke free as beautiful butterflies. What a rich and unforgettable adventure in learning! The Rainbow friends continue to enjoy a bevy of themed activities. During numerous Circle Time meetings, the girls and boys listened to Eric Carle’s classic board book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Incorporating gross-motor movement and dramatic play, the children loved using scarfs to act out the life cycle sequence of this creature. Our Rainbow toddlers continue to flap around the classroom on a daily basis. Too adorable! Exploring the content area of art, the Rainbow students each had the opportunity to create and construct a whole-class, three-dimensional caterpillar! A variety of recycled materials were available for creative repurposing. Do visit our gorgeous display in the classroom!

Coming up: A fun summer filled with water play activities!

Starlight

The flutter of springtime critters can be heard during adventures with our Starlight crew! Lots of creepy, crawly coolness is in full swing!

Magic Garden’s annual butterfly hatching is currently underway. Led by Ms. Gail, this experience offers our students a first-hand peek at the beautiful life cycle of painted lady butterflies. Our caterpillar capsules recently arrived and the girls and boys continue to “check in” on these little creatures throughout each afternoon. The students have made countless scientific observations and predictions. Incorporating music, a new, favorite tune is “The Butterfly Song.” Check out the lyrics below (surely, your child can teach you the song!).

“The Butterfly Song”

A fuzzy caterpillar climbed up in a tree.

He wiggled long, he wiggled short.

He wiggled just for me.

I put him in a box.

“Don’t you move,” I said.

But when I opened up that box, he was a butterfly instead.

In addition, the Starlight children have loved creating some gorgeous insect-themed artwork. Bug stamping was an immense hit. Also, they enjoyed painting their own egg carton caterpillars and creating cut grass collages. Do have a look at these masterpieces!

Coming up: An exploration concerning the life of bumble bees, with a new unit on water activities. Very fun!

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Twilight

The Twilight friends have been living it up each and every afternoon at Magic Garden. As temperatures climb (slowly), the girls and boys continue to enjoy the splendors of our giant campus. Recently, the children met up with Mr. Chris, the town of Lincoln’s head T-ball coach. As a group, the children learned how to properly hold a bat, make contact with the ball and run bases. As always, the Twilight kiddos hit a homerun In addition, our pupils continue to enjoy soccer games/drills with Ms. Olivia. Kicking strategies and running are only a few skills they have focused on. During all these athletic outings, the Twilight friends have learned about teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance. Awesome job, kids!

Inside, the Twilight crew always looks forward to settling down for weekly story times. Ms. Maria shares countless literary treasures with the Pre-K children. Some current favorites are Billy’s Worries by Anthony Browne and A Walk to the Great Mystery by Virginia A. Stroud. The Magic Tree House chapter books are also a frequent classroom request. Thanks, Ms. Maria!

Coming up: More visits with Paddington Bear (he has gone home with almost every single family at Magic Garden! Wow! Such a cool community builder!) Also, up next: new science experiments!

Sunshine Scoop

10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 100! The Sunshine Mathematicians always score 100! Our students continue to work diligently, exploring the world of numerals and their operations!

During Choice Time, the girls and boys completed a wonderful multi-step project for display. Focusing on measurement and reference frame goals, the children reviewed the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill.” Of course, we extended this experience. The pupils then colored, cut and sequenced each major part of the rhyme. Our children did a fantastic job, listening and attending. Do visit our bulletin board in the classroom. In addition, our kiddos have been fascinated by the topic of weight. The children utilized a pan balance through a direct comparison activity. They were furnished with numerous manipulatives such as colored bears, dinosaurs and small play food. During this activity, vocabulary terms were introduced, including lighter, heavier and equal. Wonderful work, girls and guys! Yay!

The Sunshine students have also graduated to chapter books! With fewer pictures, the pupils have been listening and following the adventures of the very popular Mercy Watson series. Centered on a rowdy pig protagonist, these books are a riot!

Coming up: Tending to the Magic Garden vegetable and flower plots. Also, the completion of our Handwriting without Tears activity books!

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Starburst Happenings

The Starburst friends have embraced the beautiful spring temperatures and taken their academic adventures outdoors. There is so much to see, hear and smell on Magic Garden’s beautiful campus!

The girls and boys continue with a unit of exploration concerning the five senses. Being perennial observers, the Starburst students were asked to describe the sensations they felt when they were outside. Some children discussed what they could see. This included blooming tulips, the vibrant, green grass and the buds on the hulking maple trees. Other pupils described what they could smell, such as dirt, fresh-cut turf and even the rain! Incorporating the sense of hearing, the pupils mentioned the rough bark on pine trees and the tickle of grass as they tumbled down the famed campus hill. Lastly, while exploring the ability to taste, the Starburst children embarked on numerous picnic snacks and lunches. This, of course, was all documented in their own personal science journals. What immediate, child-centered learning! Terrific job, guys and girls!

What’s coming up? The Starburst clan is planning to kick off garden season by transplanting the many seedlings they’ve grown. Cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and zucchini are on the way! Yum!