Navigator News AM
June 3, 2016
Can you believe it's already June!? Time flies when we're having fun!
This week the Navigators were so excited to find out that our butterflies emerged from their chrysalises! They loved observing them in Discovery as they flew around the net. We fed them sugar water and made some observational drawings. We released them on Thursday. We also enjoyed discussing the life cycle of a chicken to prepare for the Wagner Farms field trip. We watched a video of a chicken hatching from it's egg. We discussed how hens lay the eggs. Next, a hatchling appears, then grows to be a chick and then an adult chicken. We made a life cycle wheel to show the various steps.
This week, the Young Performers engaged in Reader's Theater with the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The students recreated a caterpillar’s journey from a tiny egg on a leaf to a beautiful butterfly, while identifying and 'eating' a variety of foods in between. Through discussion about the story, the students demonstrated understanding of metamorphosis and the life cycle of a caterpillar. Additionally, the activity required retention of story lines, cooperation, representational play, impulse control, and listening. I have been so impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and investment in performing this year. They have come up with creative ways to express themselves, and have worked well together as an ensemble. I hope they each continue to grow in the ways they communicate with and express themselves to others, and that they each feel more comfortable “performing.” Thank you for a lovely year.
Psychologist / Performer
Music: This week was our last music class of the year. The students played a freeze dance song and when the music stopped, they placed a different body part on the carpet based on the card Mrs. Blair was holding up. She then read a Take me Out to the Ballgame book. Many student knew the song already and sang along!
This week was our last week for library. Mrs. Nolan read us Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can you? by Dr. Seuss, Henny Penny and an Elephant and Piggie book.
Thursday, June 9- Last Day of School
Upcoming Summer Birthday's
Young Explorers Early Childhood Program Has Fall Openings
For more information or to schedule a screening, please contact Nancy Jones, Administrative Assistant for Early Childhood at 847-504-3809 or email program director, Jenna Duffy, at firstname.lastname@example.org