Classroom Spotlight: Caterpillars
The Caterpillars have recently been “camping out” at The Rise School! They have engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities such as building a tent, building a campground map, and making a pretend fire. The Caterpillars have learned how to follow a recipe for making s’mores, went on a nature walk to search for shapes, and have had several story times around the campfire!
Next, the Caterpillars will enter into the last stage of metamorphosis for the school year! They have been really busy building their chrysalis so they can change into beautiful butterflies just in time to graduate to Kindergarten. In our bug unit, we will read non-fiction books about bugs, search for real bugs outside to catch in our bug catcher, and learn all about the life cycle of a butterfly.
The Caterpillars have also been learning about numbers. We have been doing a number of the week, where we study a number during our morning circle. We learn how to write it, count it, sign it, and tally it!
For math, we are studying geometry. Some of the activities incorporated in our geometry unit are building with pattern blocks, learning 2D and 3D shapes, and creating 3D shape sculptures out of materials in the classroom. We are also working with modeling clay and learning about symmetry.
The Caterpillars are also continuing to grasp the concepts of initial, middle, and final phonemes through Phonemic Awareness lessons.
I am so proud of all of the Caterpillars. They have each made so much growth throughout the school year, not only academically, but socially as well. We are so excited to watch our Caterpillars metamorphose into butterflies as we get close to graduation!
Mrs. Addie, Lead Teacher