" Life is all memory
except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch
it going." —Tennessee Williams
BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE
Karen Stephens, Director of the Illinois State University Child Care Center in
Normal, Illinois, shared with us a science project about butterflies dreamed up
by Scott Brouette, the teacher in the two-year-old classroom.
"The class caught some butterflies on our quad with large containers.
In the classroom, Scott hung a mosquito net from the ceiling and secured
it around a small table to prevent butterfly escapes. Inside the netting, they
put flowering plants and water to create a butterfly habitat. The butterflies
were more authentically displayed and the twos could see how they moved and lived
MUCH better than if the butterflies were contained in a traditional, hand-held
"You should have SEEN those twos, tilting their heads way back, gazing up
and watching those butterflies. Such wonder. The butterflies were actively flying
about and I asked one girl what the butterflies did during quiet time when the
children napped. She replied, (as if I were rather dense) 'They watch us!'
"After a couple days, they released the butterflies back into the wild."
In addition to directing a really creative center, Karen Stephens is the brains
behind Exchange's latest project, Parenting Exchange, our electronic
newsletter for centers to share with parents. To find out more about Parenting
Exchange, go to www.ChildCareExchange.com