First day of German

The children were very excited to meet Miss Heidi.  Miss Heidi talked about where Germany is and started introducing some of the linguist nuances that exist between German and English.  The children were in stiches to learn that some words sound and even look the same in both English and German.  Some words are very different and have sounds that are hard to make.   The children learned colors and the names for some house hold objects.  Ex: rug, mug, clock and so on.


Busy With Bees-Cleaning the Cocoons

In fall the pupae that were laid by the adult bees during the summer have developed into adult bees in their cocoons. We harvested these cocoons for safe-keeping over the winter. Otherwise they would be susceptible to mites and mice.

Harvesting involved a 4 step process:

  1. We collected the cocoons by scraping them out of the wood blocks.
  2. We gently washed the cocoons in warm water to remove most of the mud.
  3. We rinsed the cocoons in a .05% bleach solution to kill off any mites that might still be attached.
  4. We stored them in a ventilated container and will keep them in the refrigerator over the winter.

During the winter the cocoons will have enough food to keep the bees growing until they are ready to be placed in the garden next spring.

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Pizza Time

This weeks cooking project was Pizzas.  We extended the learning in three different ways.  We made paper shape pizzas.  During lunch we read “Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza”, and “Sally’s Pizzeria”.  During circle time we read “Pete’s A Pizza” and reenacted it by making Miss Cheryl and the students into a pizzas.

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