Our themes this month are Mothers Day and Life Cycles. Within these themes we will be learning about habitats, life cycles, butterflies, worms and plants. We will start off the month with Mother's Day (May 12) and growing things. In science, we will be studying caterpillars as they turn into butterflies. Next, we will study how plants grow in soil and how worms help provide nutrients to help plants grow. We will be growing plants in different ways and we will be watching living things in different habitats such as in water, soil, and in the butterfly garden. Our goal is to make a Worm garden terrarium. Part of developing this terrarium will be learning about making compost. We are taking this a step further than just understanding the life cycle of seeds-plants. Including worms helps us understand a little bit more about this fascinating life cycle.
Some books that we may read:
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder
Wanting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Phonological Awareness: B, I, W
Poems and rhymes we may read:
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
All About Bugs
Shapes, symmetry, long and short in measurement.
Dark and light, making compost, making habitats for worms and plants. We also will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly.
Home and Community:
Spend some time with the family looking at nature and the amazing world of living things. Grow plants, vegetables or wild flowers. Watch for bird nests brimming with eggs or baby birds. Look for worms in the ground and remember to walk around them!
The only holiday in May is Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th. There is also a ½ day on May 15: 11:30 dismissal.