The wonders of God's world never cease to inspire and awe us, and this has been very evident this September and October as the first graders observed the Monarch butterfly's life cycle. The students cared for the Monarch from egg to adult butterfly, carefully examining and documenting each stage. We drew and then painted each stage. We wrote stories about what we were witnessing and then put all the drawings and stories into a book. We learned to use scientific tools while refining our powers of observation. The class was blessed to see a caterpillar transform into the chrysalis stage and equally blessed the day that we watched a Monarch emerge from the chrysalis. All in all the first graders released 8 males and 7 females to contribute to the miraculous Monarch migration. We ended our study by inviting the third graders to listen to the books that we had written and they shared the stories that they had written about their Monarch. We practiced and practiced so that we could read very smoothly and use expression. Then we celebrated the miracles of nature and friendship with butterfly cookies and some butterfly nectar (apple juice!). Thank you to Mrs. Goetz for helping us with this project. For more photos click here.
School News 2014-2015