As 2018 comes to an end, it is a time to look back to the many exciting discoveries and experiences in our class. The children learned many things our first semester, including studies of seeds, music, migration, and hibernation. We watched migratory birds live on the Smart Board as they stopped to rest on the Mississippi River Flyway. We learned to identify eagles, pelicans, swans, and cranes. We also watched the Decorah bald eagles as they began to build their nest in preparation for laying eggs. In our own backyard, the question of who lives behind the mystery doors on the playground was solved through many handwritten notes, discussions, and observations. We planted flower and vegetable seeds in our garden. We watered and watched as our plants grew. Everyone was impressed how tall the corn plant had grown. We discovered several cocoons in the garden. The children made predictions on how they arrived there, what will happen, and what will emerge. Many children hoped to see a beautiful butterfly emerge, and were surprised when they saw moths. This lead to more discussions on the difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon.
The children are growing quickly; physically, emotionally, and academically. They have blossomed and new skills are achieved each day. They have many interests that include ramps, tunnels, building, horses, unicorns, and magnets. The second semester, we will expand on these interests by providing materials to experiment and problem solve as they learn more. We will continue to support and encourage our young writers and readers. We have many authors in our class who have been writing and illustrating books. We listen with anticipation to each child as they read aloud their book to the class. This is an exciting time and I look forward with enthusiam to the second semester.