The Cooper School Daily

Mad About Monarchs

Monarch Butterflies
Kindergarteners were excited to dive head first into our study of monarch butterflies. This week, students learned all about the annual monarch migration. Our class was astounded to find out that monarchs make an incredible journey of up to 4500 km, often to the same tree that their ancestors had traveled to. Students loved learning all about the anatomy of a butterfly and all of the fun ways they can use their proboscis!

Mystery Reader
We were so excited to welcome our first Mystery Reader this week! Caught completely by surprise, Kindergarteners received a special visit from one of their parents with a book in hand. After 3 clues, students were able to solve the mystery and welcome our guest, who just so happened to have The Day the Crayons Quit in hand. So many students told us later that this visit was their ‘apple’, the sweetest part of their day!

Brain Science
Students spent the week discussing the brain and what controls different parts of their body. We talked about the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex. Students focused on the prefrontal cortex and its effect on having a calm mindset for thoughtful decision-making. Kindergarteners related to one another by all having remembered a time where their feelings were hurt and then discussed different calming strategies for when they are feeling upset. We are so proud of our brave and growing Kindergarteners.

Important Dates:
October 6th – Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
October 9th-10th – Fall Break (No School)
October 31st – Halloween Carnival (11:30am Dismissal)
November 1 – Teacher Work Day (No School)