“Flick” and “Puffy” are stick insects who have been with IGS for close to nine months, allowing the students to practise their nurturing skills, empathise and experience responsibility.
“Flick was an adolescent when we got her, and Puffy was a juvenile,” said Early Learning Teacher Jasmin Flyte.
“Since we’ve had them we’ve seen them both moult their exoskeleton and grow into adults, thanks to the love, care and attention that our class has given them.”
Ms Flyte explained that since Puffy’s recent moult, the class were unsure whether the insect was male or female, but after some thorough research as a class, they determined that Puffy is female.
Students who have progressed from Preschool to Transition have watched over their little companions for some time now, and also welcomed new IGS Transition students to help them with their role as carers and aspiring biologists.
“Together we tried to recall all the information that we learned last year,” Ms Flyte said.
“Each child showed that they could listen, recall information, and take turns, all vital skills to be part of our Transition class.
“It was so wonderful to share this as a group.”
Class discussions about the insects: including their shape, behaviour and mannerisms, often extend into small group discussions and then observational drawings of their insect pets.
Ms Flyte reflected on a recent example of this learning process.
“Each artist used their knowledge of the insects and our conversations to recall features to record on their pictures,” she said.
“Phoebe drew the body, six legs, and the head and face, replete with antennae!
“Such an incredible observational drawing.”
The children have had opportunities to hold the insects, first pledging to be relaxed and unafraid.