The classroom has been bustling lately with talk of eggs and insects and tadpoles. I am sure you have heard the word "oviparous" tossed around as we discuss all the animals and bugs that lay eggs. We have determined through our studies that our incubator is full of chicken eggs probably and we are about half way through the incubation period (day 11 of 21 days). We have candled the eggs (shined light on them) to check out the chicks growing steadily inside. This led us to look at unfertilized eggs as well and to conduct some experiments with eggs. We are also looking after some frog spawn which has quickly hatched into tadpoles that are growing at an alarming rate. Most students thought that they were growing second tails but I had to inform them, much to their disgust, that actually that was poop due to the fact they were eating and growing so much. I love this kind of real world learning. It is exciting and motivating and joyful. The students are full of wonders and questions and curiosity. Feel free to come in over the next couple weeks and have your child show you all the learning going on.
Cathy Farber is a Kindergarten teacher at Bert Edwards Science & Technology School in Kamloops, B.C.