Junior Kindergarten is a very exciting time at BSS. The girls are beginning their first year of school and so much learning is unfolding before our eyes.
One of the girls in the Junior Kindergarten class brought in some snails from her garden. She put them in the discovery centre for the other girls to observe and explore. The snails became a major focus of interest for many girls in the following weeks.
Relationships with Snails
Each day the snails poke their little antennae out of their shells when we spray them with their morning shower. Slowly they begin to explore the world by crawling along the stones and wood, pausing to munch on lettuce and carrots, in the habitat we have made for them. We watch with amazement as they crawl along our arms leaving a trail of slime behind. We think the slime must help them stick to our arm when we turn them upside down. We read about snails in books to find out what they like to eat and what their babies look like. We make racetracks for them and their slime smears the marker into snail paintings as they crawl along the paths. The snails have become our friends and they don’t mind when we pick them up as long as we are gentle.