With the arrival of spring, the Lila class found it fitting to begin a unit on weather in the month of March. The children learned about the water cycle exploring terms like condensation and precipitation. We explored how the water cycle effects climates and why different ares receive more or less precipitation than others. Children were able to make their own clouds with cotton balls and performed science experiments with shaving cream and blue water color. This experiment served to show how clouds expel raindrops once they become saturated with condensation. The children helped create a display of the water cycle (pictured below) which was mounted on the wall of the Lila class to remind them of this beautiful necessity that sustains life on Earth.
In addition, the children explored the virtue of respect this month. We used the color orange to symbolize this important characteristic to nurture within ourselves. We listened to stories about respect and how we can extend the virtue to others, the environment, and ourselves. Every time we strengthened our understanding, we added a drop of orange coloring to our respect jar which symbolized our committment to being respectful citizens of the world.
For the month of April we will be studying flowers and spring. Children will familiarize themselves with the parts of the flower and compare and contrast flowers to their animal counterparts. We will discuss the changes that happen in the environment as the earth starts to warm and the fun surprises that spring brings with it.
El Salon Lila Lead Teacher