The Fearless Gardeners of PS84 are happy to announce that, given the success of the preK and K Monarch butterfly project in the past, this year the project will be expanded further to include all grades and it will involve different species of insects. We will have, monarch butterflies, painted lady butterflies, and ladybugs.
The PTA already ordered the larvae of the little creatures and we are planning to start the project and have them delivered to the school around MAY 30th. Some parent volunteers will come and help distribute one kit per class as we receive them, along with food and a place to house them in. We could probably use some help as we have to cover 32 classes this year! So, let us know if you are willing to lend a hand.
Depending on the type of creature, metamorphosis will take between 2 and 3 weeks. We are looking to release the butterflies and the ladybugs right around the second half of June.
In previous years we prepared a package for each teacher with some activities to do with the kids. We even had some amazing parents who volunteered some of their time to come in and do some fun hands-on activities related to the butterflies with the children.
Talk to your kids and ask them questions about the metamorphosis project and what they are witnessing in their classroom! It is fascinating for them to see the life cycle of these little creatures.