Rowan: They are caterpillars. Jack: No, baby caterpillars. They’re fourth twins. Elle: Earthworms! Margaret: Baby acorns. Elle: I’m noticing there’s little stripes on them and they’re moving and have little black brown dots and they look like the color of pasta. Charlie: They look like bananas. Joslyn: They’re uncurling from each other. Leigh: They could get hungry. Lou Lou: They don’t even have eyes or mouths Charlie: They have little tiny eyes.
When asked what to do next, Margaret thought we should put them in the compost. But Austin thought the worms would eat them. Lou Lou worried the worms would choke on the bugs. Rowan’s first plan was to take a closer look under the digital microscope. We wound up setting them free outside under some leaves and will check on them tomorrow to see if they are still there.
Grace’s aunt Erica was our mystery guest today and she heard we were learning about insects so she read “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle. The children excitedly identified all of the insects in the book from stag beetles to praying mantises. Then Erica told us about her latest adventure, traveling through Africa. The children had many questions about the bugs, birds and animals she had seen, and we learned there are more insects in the world than all the other living things combined. Wow!