As the children notice the changes in the weather and the new colors brought by the spring, the environment and the nature that surrounds us becomes our best teacher.
“I want to draw a butterfly…this butterfly.Can you draw a butterfly for me?”
“… but, but, I don’t know how to do it…”, L.
|“The blue butterfly is my favorite, I love this blue”,M.|
|“It’s a red butterfly…the wings and the head,
ahmm, two, two wings, here”,M.
“Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what our mind understands”. Millar Sheets
We looked for butterflies outdoors, so we could observe their amazing wing patterns and designs…
We’ve used books to follow instructions on how to draw a butterfly…
We’ve looked at a variety of pictures and investigated 3D models to inspire our drawings…
|“All the colors, blue and green, and black
and then she will fly”, M.
“AHHHH, HAHA”, D.
(expressing the joy of seeing
his paper butterfly flying)
|“This butterfly is grey here . She lost her colors
because she is an old butterfly”, L.
(just like when people get old ,
their hair lose the color and becomes grey)
“I made the wings and this is a flower
(pink and brown) for the butterfly”,L.
|“The butterflies are flying, haha”,M.
(M. blows the little pieces of paper that
she purposefully cut as wings and glued
them only partially so they were detached
to produce movement when
we blow them)
Outdoors, Angeline helped us to spread some jam on tree brunches to attract the butterflies
“I want to go to that place
(by the lake)and
do the butterflies!”, N.
On our way back to L’ecoline, she children were humming and giggling as they sung:
“Happy Birthday Butterfly,
Happy Birthday Butterfly,
Happy Birthday Butterflyyyy
Fly, fly, Butter, Fly!”
Back to the classroom the following days we looked at the birth of a butterfly. The children were mesmerized while watching a video of a butterfly coming out of its cocoon and spreading its wings…
|(Butterfly’s Life Cycle)|
|To fuel Children’s curiosity scientific books about insects were made available|
Simultaneously the children started to transform materials (3D constructions), using a variety of tools and colors to make “things” and landscapes for the butterflies… (under construction)
|Butterfly “wings”, L.|
|The Night book… (we explored using flash
lights in the darkness of our
“Concert Bus” – known before as “the cabane”