This blog post was guest-written by Meck at Stonebridge Academy in Bremen, Georgia.
As spring is in the air, the buzz about bees, butterflies, and growing flowers is surrounding Ms. Sydney and Ms. Avery’s classroom in K3B! As a part of expressing each child’s creative side, he/she finger-painted coffee filters as flowers and painted a green stem. This art lesson enables each child to share with friends their favorite kind of flower which expresses their social and emotional preferences. The class also shared the components a flower needs for growth which supports their prior knowledge about the life cycle of a plant that they learned in science. While discussing flowers, the class expressed their fun and messy personalities while creating their masterpiece.
In addition to learning about flowers at school, a fun science activity that parents can try with their children at home is to dissect a flower and discuss the parts of each flower such as the petals, roots, and the stem. This allows children to perform hands-on. Another craft for the child to try at home is a flower mural. Let him/her choose a flower and paint the petals carefully then press onto a piece of paper to create a mural of their own. Both activities highlight what the children already know from school.