When our first monarch butterfly hatched this year, we watched it emerge, dry it's wings, and begin to practice fluttering in our butterfly net. Mr. April was so helpful in deciding when to release our butterfly and he volunteered to take pictures of our group. The butterfly happily walked from one kindergarten student's hand to another, saying "goodbye" to each learner. The butterfly joins other monarchs during this season, migrating south to warmer temperatures. We are so happy to hear the population of monarchs is experiencing a resurgence for two years in a row. Happy hatching monarch friends!
We had a fantastic time out in the forest today. Using an egg carton, we each made our own "Nature Collection." The forest has never been so focused! We waded into the stream, mucked about in the mud, gathered brittle fallen leaves, and had so much fun making our numbers. What a beautiful warm Autumnal day to practice math concepts outside!
The year is off to a wonderful start. We have a room full of eager learners and nature adventurers this year. In our early education program here at Hatfield Elementary, we are working as a team to encourage our students to enjoy learning, to communicate their thinking, and to respond with kindness. Our Outdoor Learning program is also underway, bringing students into the forest to play, count, write, and explore. I hope to post many moments this year using our classroom blog. These moments are worthy of being saved, remembered, and revisited for this year's families, as well as future kindergarten families. Thank you for all you do each day for your children. Go outside and play!