On Earth Day the children will learn about the importance of protecting the earth’s natural resources. The children delighted in getting their hands dirty to make earth ball necklaces out of real earth (potting soil) and glue. Later, they used blue, green and white paint and painted continents, oceans and polar ice caps to make them more realistic. They used the globe to guide them as they worked. The focus of math exploration was the relationship between numbers and corresponding sets of objects. The children had opportunities to reinforce numeral recognition and counting skills with understanding. During the math lessons, the children practiced making sets of raindrops underneath clouds labeled with specific two digit numbers. Also the week our caterpillars, for our butterfly study, have all spun their chrysalises and the children are eagerly waiting for the Painted Lady butterflies to hatch. The children have added documentation about this stage of metamorphosis to their butterfly journals.