In honor of spring, HAFTR Early Childhood has recently had some special guests in the classrooms. These guests began as caterpillars. The classes nurtured and fed their new friends, and waited excitedly as they witnessed their METAMORPHOSIS into butterflies. The new butterflies flew around their butterfly habitat, waiting to be released.

It was very exciting to watch the metamorphosis. Learning about the entire process, the yeladim sequenced the transition from egg to the final stage of the metamorphosis and painted butterflies using SYMMETRY. Of course, what would a discussion about butterflies be without a reading (or two or three) of The Very Hungry Caterpillar? We cannot begin to explain how much the children loved watching this beautiful process. The unit culminated with the release of the butterflies who happily flew off into our flower garden where the nectar awaited them.

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