From The Bat Cave

Room 141 News

Happy Mother's Day!

Hello everyone!


Happiest of weekends to you and a big ol' warm hug to all the moms out there. You deserve to be pampered and have a little extra rest and relaxation. You're all superheroes in my book!



IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW

May 11th - Spring Music Concert @ GNGMS 6pm

May 12th - K Field Trip to Kinderconzert

May 16th - Art, Spanish & Science Night 5-7pm

May 18th - Early Release (Dismissal at 1pm)


May 19th

May 20th ] NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN

May 23rd


May 27th - Parents in PE (contact lcroteau@sad15.org to join in on the fun!)

May 30th - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

June 2nd - Field Day!

June 16th - Field Day - Rain Date

June 19th - Happy Father's Day

June 21st - Last Day of School - Dismissal at Noon



I am looking at putting together an evening event for The Bat Cave to wrap up our year. Stay tuned for more details!


Warmly,

Lynn



SNACK DUTIES

MONDAY - Olivia

TUESDAY - Cooper

WEDNESDAY - Keenan

THURSDAY - Gabe

FRIDAY - Ellie

The Bat Cave Goes Green

Super Botanists

Over the last two weeks, our botanists (a scientist who studies plants) have been engaged in a hands on study of plants. They have learned about the different parts of a plant and the overall function of each part. They have kept a vocabulary journal of different terms that relate to plants. We have also talked about the needs of a plant: air, sunlight, and water. Kiddos even were able to compare our needs as living things to a plant's needs, also a living thing! This newsletter, however, is a nonliving thing - even though at times, it may feel so alive with information ;-)
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We took a peek at different kinds of seeds. We have learned that seeds come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Whatever plant a seed falls from, will grow into the exact same type of plant where it originated.


It's also important that botanists understand the life cycle of a plant, so that is where our learning went next. Plants begin as seeds, become sprouts, seedlings, plants, and then a flowering plant. We created a wheel about the life cycle (that hopefully made it home!) to help the Bat Cave Botanists teach someone at home about the life of a plant.


Once kiddos got some basic facts about plants and their life cycle under their belts, we got dirty! Together, as a class, we planted grass seed, forget-me-nots, and alyssum. We have been watering them for about a week and a half and we have some sprouts from all of our seeds. Our grass is crazy long (and I have a whole bag of grass seed if anyone's lawn needs a little love!)

Soooo....yes, we have learned that seeds are planted in soil because soil provides a whole lot of nutrients to the seed. However, in studying the life cycle of a plant, I really wanted the kiddos to be able to see each step. It's hard to observe a seed sprouting when it's buried in soil, so each botanist created a Sprout House in our room. We took ziploc baggies and dropped a wet cotton ball and placed a garden bean seed on top of the ball. The sprout houses were put up in our windows where the sun hits the most. It has been a lot of fun watching the kiddos observe all the action in the houses. Most seeds have cracked open, busting through the seed coat, and little sprouts are making their way towards the sun. Did you know that plants will always grow towards the sun or light? You could have a lot of fun at home with this experiment (http://herbarium.desu.edu/pfk/page11/page12/page13/page13.html)

Plant Experiments

Like you read above, plants need water. I asked the kiddos what kind of water they thought would be most helpful to the plants: plain tap water, sugar water, salt water, or vinegar water. We used the grass seed with the experiment. We recorded our predictions and talked about why we predicted what we did. As of Friday, none of the cups have any sort of growth, but I'm sure that will change shortly.
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The second experiment has to do with the stem and its function. We took white flowers and placed one in a vase with plain water. I told the kiddos that I wanted them to be able to "see" the flower eating, so I added food coloring to each vase. We recorded with tape where the water level was and again, predicted what would happen. Some kiddos thought the water would turn back to regular water because the flower would filter all the color out. Some kiddos thought the flower would change color and some friends thought nothing would happen at all.


Well, when we left on Friday, we were just beginning to observe some of the flowers had a hint of color in their petals. I must share, that this experiment was also a test for me. When setting this up, I was under the impression that the change of colors would happen hourly - so we were making observations every hour on the hour. Haha. By the end of the first day, we had filled up our data book with "nothing has happened yet". I began to sweat a bit, but with further googling, I found this experiment could take up to ten days...not hours! Phew! I'm excited to see what is waiting for us Monday morning.

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Writing About Planting

We worked a whole lot this past week on team work and working within a group. We did our first how-to project all about planting. In teams of three, each kiddo had to write out one of the steps of how to plant a seed. The teams had to figure out together who was going to write which step. I was very proud of everyone for working together to solve problems versus getting upset because things might not have gone their way!

Loose Teeth Everywhere!!

I hope you all have plenty of applesauce and pudding at home. With the way these teeth are "popping" out of mouths lately, I don't know if kiddos will be able to chew!! Hope the Tooth Fairy is up to the task!