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Special delivery in Juniors

posted 13 Jun 2017, 13:24 by Claire O'Driscoll   [ updated 13 Jun 2017, 13:36 ]
We had a very exciting May and June in Junior Infants. When we had our Post Office theme in Aistear in May, we got a delivery of 5 caterpillars to our classroom. We took very good care of them and watched as they turned into cocoons. We were a little sad when two of the cocoons didn't make it... We had a little ceremony to say goodbye to them and carried on! We transferred the three cocoons to our Butterfly garden. We gathered grass and leaves for our garden to make sure it was ready when the butterflies emerged. We waited patiently for a few weeks. We sang songs to the cocoons and read lots of caterpillar / butterfly themed stories. We also used playdough to show the four stages of the butterfly cycle - eggs, caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly.  On our first day back after our June bank holiday break, the first butterfly had emerged! We were delighted. The next day our two other Painted Lady butterflies emerged. We christened them Diamond, Rabbit and Bart. We cut up some fruit pieces to feed them and watched them very carefully. We showed the whole school our three new friends and we were very proud!
Last Friday we had a day of mixed emotions as we released our three butterflies into our school garden. The boys and girls loved it and our eyes have been peeled, looking around our school every day since. There have been two reported sightings since! 


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