I wish I could start out this post by saying to those of you that read my post on Monday that I have fully recovered from the effects of daylight savings time and that nothing out of the ordinary happened today. Unfortunately, I can't.

Wednesday is Chapel Day at my school.  I set out with my class following behind me like little ducklings to take our seats on our assigned pews. Our P.E. coach gave a great lesson to our lower school classes and we went back to the classroom. The teacher assistant next door asked me when we got back if I realized that I was wearing my sweater  inside out. Sure I did. I love wearing a sweater inside out in front of over two hundred students, my colleagues, and visiting parents. I asked her why she hadn't told me BEFORE Chapel. She told me that she hadn't noticed it until she was sitting in a pew behind me. I refuse to acknowledge that I would do anything as silly as to pull my sweater  on inside out in the dark if it weren't for daylight savings time.

Moving on, we have begun a great unit on butterflies. We talked about the life cycle of the butterfly, read books like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, and made tissue paper butterflies. We even  painted some that are now mysteriously crawling up our walls! Eventually, they will be mysteriously ensconced in brown craft paper so that they resemble cocoons. (Two years ago a teacher assistant came in to ask why we had sausages  hanging from the ceiling.) Eventually, a butterfly will "emerge" from these cocoons. Last year, I kid you not, a little girl was diligently working at her seat when one of the emerging butterflies emerged just a bit too much and fell out on top of her head. The child sitting beside her exclaimed with delight "Look! One hatched!"

We even ordered our own Monarch butterfly larvae from Carolina Biological Supply. Five larvae were shipped to us in a clear 8 oz. rearing chamber with food. The larvae pupate and will emerge as adults in about thirty days. This is what they looked like when they arrived.

They are getting really big and the children are fascinated by their development. This is what they look like now.

After reading the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we created our own out of tissue paper with a water and glue glaze.

Since today is St. Patrick's Day, we couldn't go without a little luck of the Irish to finish out our day. We had cookies,

read stories, and graphed Lucky Charms cereal. This is one of my terrific parent volunteers, Mrs. Rice,  helping the children as they complete the graphs. The child pictured is her daughter Suzie. Is Suzie not the cutest thing? Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you all!

40 comments

  1. Debbie // March 17, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

    Suzie is cute!~ I was Kindergarten room Mom twice, how I loved it!!~ Miss it actually:(!~ I remember the boys learning about the butterflies and reading the same book.

  2. Choices // March 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

    The unit on butterflies is such a fun one. When I had my own classroom, I always did a unit on butterflies and got the caterpillar kit as well. It is so exciting to see the excitement in the children as they grow. The big sounds of joy came from the children when we released those beautiful butterflies outside. I love all Eric Carle books.
    Have a good evening.

  3. Debbie(single;complicated) // March 17, 2010 at 9:42 PM  

    how fun!!! i just sent of for my butterflies , actually caterpillars, today..to do with my preschoolers..can't wait!!:)

  4. Andrea // March 17, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

    I love butterflies...

    Thanks for you comment on arise 2 write (sitka's article). If you didn't see the article underneath about patience..you may want to check it out. I quoted our 2 1/2 yr old great nephew.

    Hugs, andrea

  5. VKT // March 17, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

    She is a cutie, isn't she! The kids are so excited about the caterpillars!

  6. VKT // March 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM  

    You too Anne! Blessings!

  7. VKT // March 17, 2010 at 10:22 PM  

    Great Debbie! I have another activity I will add a picture of tomorrow. Hope you had a great day!

  8. VKT // March 17, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

    I missed it Andrea. I will go back and check it out before I head to bed. Have a blessed evening!

  9. Missy // March 17, 2010 at 10:56 PM  

    I loved it when the butterfly unit was going on! The kids were so excited!

  10. Niki // March 17, 2010 at 11:01 PM  

    At preschool they have the monarch caterpillars on swan plants. They eat the plants so fast that parents are asked to donate more swan plants to keep the hungry caterpillars going! :o) A lot of fun for the kids.

  11. Kelly L // March 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

    I remember when both of my daughters kindergarten classes did the butterflies - it was amazing.

    Great pictures.

    Love,
    Kelly
    http://www.ivebecomemymother.com

  12. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 8:01 AM  

    They are pretty excited Missy!

  13. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 8:02 AM  

    Niki,

    I have never heard of swan plants. I will have to google them so I can get some. This is great information. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

    Thanks Kelly. I have some very excited kindergartners right now...lol

  15. Joanne // March 18, 2010 at 8:28 AM  

    I hope you post a photo when those Monarch butterflies emerge, they're so pretty! Happy belated St. Patrick's Day to you, too!

  16. Theresa Milstein // March 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

    I love the kindergarten butterfly unit! Hatching on a head?!

    My son did a unit on butterflies and habitats when he was in kindergarten. His class performed The Hungry Caterpillar. I still have the DVD. Each kid said a line from the book, with laminated posters of pictures from the book that they stuck their head through. My son was "The beautiful butterfly."

    You're almost at the weekend. Then I hope you completely recover from DST.

  17. Heather // March 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM  

    What a great way for the children to learn hands-on! I'm sure they love this unit on butterflies!

    I have wanted to get those caterpillars and try this at home; you have inspired me! My kids will love it.

  18. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

    It is great fun Heather. Carolina Biological sells them for around 12.00. If you get some let me know, and I can tell you how they can breed more. The kids get so excited when they lay eggs that turn into caterpillars on the mallow leaves!

  19. Kristin // March 18, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

    I am so jealous of the fun things you get to do! I just don't have time in my day once I cover what I have to!

  20. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

    Kristin,

    Integration is the key! Of course I teach in a full day kindergarten. If you like, I can email you my lesson plans. Differentiation and integration...that is the key.

  21. Momma Such // March 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

    Oh no! How embarassing! Hopefully no one else noticed. :)

    The butterfly projects sound like fun though. I'm sure the kids enjoy them quite a bit! My boys are always catching things and trying to take care of them in the house.

  22. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

    Momma Such,

    My sentiments exactly. Oh well, if they did they did...lol

  23. Stacey // March 18, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

    Okay - I don't want you to feel all alone about the sweater, I have done it not once but TWICE - I realized once when I was in the line at the bank, thank goodness I was in the truck and then when I went to visit my husband at work one day, one of the other workers said, "Hey - is your shirt on inside out?" YEP - it is! I could not even blame that one on Daylight Savings Time!

  24. Sarah Lindahl // March 18, 2010 at 4:47 PM  

    I'm also familiar with the perils of dressing in the dark. I came to school last year wearing two different earrings. In the afternoon a teacher friend of mine asked me what the significance of that was. IN THE AFTERNOON. I didn't even know I'd done it. I didn't even notice when I went to the bathroom. Maybe we should just turn a light on.

  25. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 5:43 PM  

    Joanne,

    I will be sure to post a picture as soon as they emerge from their coccoons. I hope you had a terrific day!

  26. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

    Wow Theresa! What a fantastic idea! I would love to create a play of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Thanks for the idea!

  27. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM  

    Stacey,

    You are such a dear to make me feel better. I guess I don't feel so alone now..lol. Thanks for sharing!

  28. VKT // March 18, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

    Sarah,

    You could have told her you were starting a new fad. Hey, I probably could have used that too! You think they would have bought it if I'd said I was starting a new fad to wear my sweater inside out? Hmmmmmmmmm....maybe not. I hope you are having a great day!

  29. GregoryJ // March 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

    What a wonderful school. I wish I could have gone someplace like that.
    I don't think they existed during my school years.
    Good for you.

  30. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

    It is a wonderful school. Thanks for your comment.

  31. JeniLee // March 19, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

    Following you back from FF! Thanks for the follow

  32. veterankindergartenteacher // March 19, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

    Have a great week-end Jeni

  33. Tree // March 20, 2010 at 6:05 PM  

    Love caterpillars (and butterflies LOL). I remember my kids doing this project in school....so cool!

    I've left a couple "blog awards" for you on my blog....stop on over and snag them up! :) Love your blog.

    http://www.motherofpearlitis.com/2010/03/you-just-gotta-love-this-girl.html

    Tree (aka Mother of Pearl)

  34. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

    You are so sweet Tree. I don't know what to do with them....lol

  35. Tree // March 20, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

    You may do whatever you want with them....add them to a widget on a sidebar (my awards), put them in a post, or just ignore them. LOL Thank you for acknowledging them though. :)

  36. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

    I know this sounds dingy...but I don't know how to do that. Can you tell me how? A friend set up my blog for me and I have no clue how to do that....sigh

  37. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

    Hi Jenni! Have a blessed week-end

  38. Tree // March 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

    I didn't see a contact email for you, so email me at Tree@motherofpearlitis.com and I'll take you through the steps. :)

  39. Anonymous // March 22, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

    I wish I was in your class...sounds like so much fun!!

    Karen :-)

  40. VKT // March 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

    Thanks Karen.