End of the Year!

WOW! I cannot believe that we are already at the end of the year, it has truly flown by! We have had the opportunity to end the year with some really fun activities. We had a week of testing, and I think that the students loved that week more than any other week of school. They enjoyed getting to have relaxing afternoons and popsicles, and most of them loved taking the tests because "they were more fun than learning new things"- according to a few of my students. :) 

I was also able to share some exciting news with my students, that I am expecting a little girl in the fall. They were all so very excited and had plenty of advice and name suggestions from me. 

We still have a few more fun events to end out the year with. The students have spent the morning at their field day, playing all sorts of fun and muddy games. The air is full of giggles today. I am thankful for all of the happy memories that were made this year with my sweet group of kids! 

Joy Sandefur
A Farewell to our Ladybug Friends!

Our first grade class has loved watching our ladybug larvas change into pupas and then into adult ladybugs over these last couple of weeks. No one in our class had ever experienced the lifecycle of a ladybug, so everyone was in awe of each change that our little insects went through. Once the ladybugs hatched from their pupa stage, it was time to feed them as they prepared to be released into nature. This was another neat part, we were able to observe the color changes that they went through. When they first came out, they were pale with not much color and by the time we released them they had a rich color on their back with their signature spots. The day we released them was bittersweet, we were so proud to see our little ladybugs take flight into nature, but we were also sad to see them go. Of course, we did have to pray for them before they took off! 

Joy Sandefur

One of my favorite parts of spring, is getting to see all of the new life. There is something so exciting about flowers blooming, trees getting their leaves, and new incests coming out. So, we decided to study and learn about the complete life cycle of a ladybug. Last year, we were able to do this with butterflies, so we are excited to compare these ladybugs with our butterflies from last year. We ordered our ladybug land and larva and we just go them in, so we are excited to begin observing their behaviors and physical changes that will occur. We were all so surprised by what the larva looked like and can't wait to watch them change into their different stages. Everyone is loving to watch the ladybug larva crawl around in their habitat!

Joy Sandefur
Spring has Sprung!

We began my favorite unit of the year, plant life cycles! I always love this unit and it always lands perfectly at the start of spring. The kids also always love learning about new growth, there is something so mesmerizing about it. We got to start out our unit my placing a bean in a clear ziplock bag with a wet paper towel and each day watch the beans sprout roots, a stem, and some even have leaves now. It is so exciting to see new growth with each passing day, and to be able to watch these plants sprout and grow from our window. We have also taken time each day to journal about the changes that we have observed. This has just been the start of an exciting unit, we can't wait to get back from spring break and learn some more! 

Joy Sandefur
Valentine's Day Science Experiements

To help us celebrate Valentine's Day, we went over to our science lab and preformed an experiment on a popular Valentine's candy, Conversation Hearts. We broke up into groups and each group had 3 cups of liquids, water, vinegar, and soda and a bowl of candy hearts. Before we began, we talked about predications and predicated what we thought would happen whenever we drop the candies into each liquid. One student even pointed out that he thought that the candy would be less dense in the soda because of the bubbles in the liquid. We had a lot of good thoughts going on during our discussion, prior to the experiment. Then, it was time to try it out,  each member in the groups took turns dropping the candies, while the other group members observed what happened when they were dropped in. The kids loved getting to do this experiment! We even left the candies in each liquid for the remainder of the day and we went back at the end of the day and observed what happened to the candies in each liquid. 

Joy Sandefur