Today we begin our winter break. Our school closes today and re-opens on January 4. We spent time today talking about how to take care of our monarchs over break. The kindergartners agreed that:
The butterflies shouldn't stay at school; it will be too cold and there won't be anyone to feed them. They should go home to Teacher Ann's house (like they did over Thanksgiving break).
and described what needs to be done:
The butterflies need to have sunshine and be warm.
They need to be fed. You can give them more Gatorade on the pompoms.
Maybe you can get them a flower, too.
They need a safe place to live, drink, and fly around.
The kindergartners remember we released butterflies in September but think it is too cold to release them now. Though we are unsure how long the butterflies will live, we agreed it is important to take care of them as long as we are able to do so.
We agreed that after the living part of the butterfly is gone, we will care for their dry bodies under glass instead of burying them. If they die over winter break, Teacher Ann will save the bodies on a bed of cotton under the glass frame and bring them back to school on January 4th.