The month of February has been an exciting month of learning for the children. They have truly enjoyed their study of the Amazon Rainforest and the many interesting animals that can be found there. Their favorites included the sloth, the Toco toucan, the jaguar and the pink river dolphin. Every child enjoyed having a part in creating the rainforest you may have seen being created in our class. Some crunched and scrunched paper to create the Liana vines, some cut paper to create the rubber tree. Older students worked on independent research projects about animals and drew those to be placed in the rainforest. Other children worked on cutting out cup fungus to be placed on the forest floor. This truly was a class effort. We got it all placed on the wall and enjoyed it for Friday afternoon and sadly when we returned from the weekend the children got to experience deforestation. You see, the placement of all the vines was just too heavy for the paper tree to bear with the kind of tape I used and it all fell down. I was reminded by their resilient attitudes that we can just try again and together we placed as much as we could back up. What a rainforest lesson!
We look forward to adding some other plants like orchids and coco beans to the wall as we shift our study to South American plants. We'll also discuss plants that we could and should eat as we explore nutrition.
El Salon Lila Lead Teacher