Exploring Life Cycles on the Playground

What a fun way to learn about life cycles.

A trip to the playground provided us with several opportunities to investigate first hand.

We even saw some butterflies released. Sorry, we weren’t fast enough with the camera to get pictures of that.

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This is Your Life Cycle

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Butterflies, dragonflies, beetles……..that is not what they were when they were first-born.

As cool as they were when they first were born, God had a different plan for them. Each one had a purpose before emerging into a new design. God designed them beautifully!

 Even if we do not appreciate them, God creates all things beautiful in His eyes.

Learning begins at home the minute a baby is born. The moment your youngster enters into an early childhood program, they begin exploring and discovering things in fun, unique, and in inventive ways.

We had many hands-on learning experiences occurring each day this week.

(which happens on a routine basis)

However, this week we had some parent-teaching integration going on.

 How many mom’s are as cool as this one? Would you buy meal worms and bring them to your child’s school?

This mom Rocked It!

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We spent a week exploring life cycles of various insects and bugs. Mrs. B taught us that meal worms like to eat celery and oatmeal. When we held them in our hand their tiny little feet tickled. For some friends, it was just a tad bit to weird feeling to want to continue to hold them. 😉

                              We were taught that meal worms change into beetles. Mrs. B had the whole life cycle process for the kids to see.  We learned a very interesting fact about these beetles.

The beetles have wings, but they do not fly. What? Then what is the purpose of the wings?

We decided that was a question we were going to ask God when we get to heaven.

 (and they never tried to crawl out of the tray) – We decided that these are not the smartest beetles.

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We had an awesome experience learning about worms and insects that live in the garden.

DSC02920DSC02921  These are worm eggs. We watched a video that showed us how worms emerge out of their egg. Um, I have to agree with Brenden. (Eww, that’s gross – awesome – eww, that’s gross ) LOL

Sensory Learning is such a child’s way of learning. Integrating discovery play into their learning offers them the opportunity to make connections on their own. For example, some of my preschool buds said people do not eat worms, while some said we do eat worms. This debate lasted five minutes when one smart cookie said, “Yes, we do too. We put them in chocolate pudding.” -LoL- (we did that)

My preschool friends were able to get their hands dirty exploring planter boxes filled with worms, and a soil and grass moss table filled with insects. All they needed were some friends, magnify glasses, and their imagination to spark some very thought-provoking conversations.

One friend asked another friend, “How many worms tall are you?”

That was a question that had never popped into my mind before.

“Who has the purple spider? I need to scare Mrs. Pierce.” – “Are all those bugs in your jar for you to eat dinner?”

“No, don’t be a silly goose.” – “If you put the ants in with the worms will they eat it?”

🙂 The extension of their learning occurs simply by the questions they ask.

🙂 I Love all the ways their learning can happen! 🙂

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Here we are …….making our chocolate dirt for our worms. (our gummy worms)  🙂 

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If you enjoy discovering new things, or old things in a new way, then CCA’s preschool is the place to be! 

What do you consider to be a creepy crawler?

This week we explored insects and bugs. We got our hands dirty! (literally) We were discussing insects that we can find in a garden. We used magnify glasses to find a few. We learned that the old lady in There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, swallowed two insects.

Are you aware that God created the bugs and insects on day six? These preschoolers are learning that the bugs and insects are part of the animals that God created. God created all living things.

What do you consider to be a creepy crawler? A spider, gecko, millipede….etc… Well, most of my kids are braver than I. Worms, caterpillars, meal worms, rollypollies, and beetles only intrigued them. 🙂 I love their sense of exploring and investigating living things. Boys and girls both, excited to dig, touch, and hold what I consider to be a creepy crawler. (lol) No fear could I show if I wanted them to explore God’s critters. 😉

One of my friends said she wanted to eat worms, another friend said that worms were gross and cool, I had another mention that she wanted a pet spider, and one more friend that said they liked crickets. Everyone mentioned they liked ladybugs. (I like them too)

Ask your child about worm eggs, worms, aphids, pupa’s, meal worms, beetles, ladybugs, caterpillars, and lizards. We had many different insects that were categorized, grouped, sorted by likeness and differences, etc….. I have many interesting comments and surprising likes and dislikes to share. A list is being compiled to print for all to view.

Wait until you see the pictures of critters climbing up their arms, worms being pulled out of the dirt, their eyes exploring for insects hidden in the grass, and homemade mud dirt cups with editable worms. I don’t have my camera, I must of left it at work. 😦

Their favorite song of the week: Ladybug, Ladybug.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjhSgMqsAfM

Check out a worm egg hatching that the kids thought was cool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5iguHHlyiQ

Next, they will learn about ants, dragon flies, bumblebees, and fireflies.

We will talk about Mothers all next week. I can not share at this time our plans for Mother’s Day. It is a surprise! 🙂  We will also talk about ways the church and family work together and shares the responsibility of teaching children how to grow in love.