We just finished week 6 of Summer Camp, the "Exotic Animals" week. It was just amazing! We started off with a special visitor in our garden, the "flying lobster" moth", also known as "hummingbird moth". This animal is native to Illinois and Northern territories, but very few people know about it or have seen it before. It is a fairly large insect and it looks like half hummingbird and half lobster. It came to our garden to feed on the nectar of mint, which was flowering in full bloom. We took a video and photos of this animal and then discussed various possibilities of what could it be and wrote it on the board. Surprisingly, the very first guess "flying lobster" was the correct answer!! We now have a canvas photo of it hanging in the Iris Room and here is the video of its visit to our garden:
The highlight of our exotic animals study was the visit of the Flying Fox Conservation Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of animals. They brought a variety of animals, including Steve, the sloth (he is famous!). Children had a great time touching and learning about chinchilla, armadillo, tenrec, aracari, lion rabbit, kinkajou, a snake and of course, the sloth! What a great experience!!!
Armadillo video: https://youtu.be/BeFd4jGXbzE
Steve, the sloth video: https://youtu.be/QJsi6wyRoLE
We also learned about fennec foxes, macaws, sugar gliders, pink dolphins, dogs and chickens as we learned the basics of their care.
At the end of the week some children prepared presentations about their favorite exotic animals. They received lots of applause.
Ms. Julie from the local library visited us this week and read us stories about Old Mcdonald and different animals.
We also celebrated Jonathan's birthday. He is now 5 years old! Happy Birthday Jonathan!
Next week is Sports Week.
We have activities planned for each day of the week as we will be practicing different types of sports. Please send children wearing tennis shoes and shorts to school as we will be moving a lot! We will have a special guest, who is quite famous in the NFL world, to give us a lesson on Football on Wednesday. And on Friday everyone is welcome to bring a bike to school.
Friday 7/19/19: Bicycle Day. Bring your bike to school with helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. We will block off the parking lot and ride around the sensory gardens. No scooters, skates and other non-bicyle vehicles. Tricycles ok. Note: Friday only. All bikes and bike items have to be labeled with the child's name. Please drop off the bike in the morning by the front entrance of our school (parking lot) and pick it up at the end of the day.
Lost and Found Alert: Still looking for a gray dinosaur hoodie with spikes.