Our Butterfly children are showing remarkable restraint and understanding about the fragility of the life cycle. We have milkweed growing in their garden, the preferred food for monarch butterflies and site for deposit and growth of the crysalis that eventually becomes a new monarch. The children have identified the location of a number of them in various places around the playground in addition to those in the garden. As a result, of their own accord they have roped off some of their favorite play spaces, including the tunnel under the climber, a bench, and part of their potting bench/mud kitchen area. They are willing to forego play in those areas to keep the crysalides safe until they hatch. It is rewarding to see the care and concern they have displayed – we don’t think they have too much longer to wait.