The conversations between us and the caterpillars transform to be butterflies have been continuing, with laughs and a few surprises along the way. Taking observations with a high sense of patience and further conversing with friends indeed enriches our shared understanding. This journey of twists and turns have been taking place for more than two weeks. Our learning opportunities invite us to observe the caterpillars hanging upside-down, spin itself into chrysalis and almost ready to come out as a butterfly.
Luna, Vivaan, Abigail, George, and Arjun display their excitement to notice the caterpillars transform their bodies.
Vivaan thinks that he can invite the butterfly to come out by calling it.
Luna thinks that they are almost coming out and one of the chrysalises is turning into a butterfly. George listens to Luna's excitement and comes to notice attentively.
Isha observes how the moment of chrysalis "cracking" (hatching). Afterward, friends extend to work on their imaginative minds and creative hands.
Referring to clay, as another medium of expression, we construct a various models of butterflies. Vivaan, Luna, Isha, Arjun, Abigail, and George transfer their imagination to become the butterlies' bodies and wings.
When the butterflies comes out ... Isha thinks that we can help to let them fly if we provide the butterflies with some food. Some diverse points-of-views are being exchanged throughout our thoughtful conversation.
Isha suggests for the butterfly to have water mixed with water. Abigail disagrees for the water to be part of the mixture. She thinks pure honey should suffice. Luna and Vivaan prefer to provide milk and some slices of bananas.
Friends work together to prepare different kinds of food for the butterflies and spread them around.
We create a safe space for the adult butterfly to experience fluttering its wings and playing with us as it has pumped its wings up and dried them out. On this opportunity the butterfly sometimes often stays on our fingers and stretch its beautiful wings.
Creating an emotionally safe space for the butterfly has been a learning experience for us. We learn it may become more comfortable with us as much as we are being fascinated. When we chase the butterfly with the hope of catching it, we realize it may feel shy, it is usually quick to fly away.
Being attracted to the plant, our painted lady butterfly is resting on the next day when it is a sunny and bright day. We will be looking forward to welcoming more adult lady painted butterflies to dry out their wings and play with them for a while prior to releasing them to their respectfully habitat.
Building-up our shared understanding on the significance of Canada Day as a day of Canadians everywhere to exhibit pride in our country's history and culture.
While it may be referred to as Canada's birthday, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the country's indigenous culture and its important role in the country's rich history.
This Canada Day is an opportunity for us to have these important conversations about what it means to be Canadian, to reflect, ask questions and learn more for a better Canada for all.
In addition to highlighting the richness of our land and its beauty, our diversity, but above all Luna and Abigail mention a truly significant factor, us being the people.
After listening to Isha's appreciation of the land that we live in and the nature around such as mountain, sea, and sky, George and Arjun take opportunities to climb the tree to see the land with aerial views.
Happy Canada Day!
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