Friday, November 3, 2017

Inching Our Way Through "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

This past week in Miss Emily’s class we went all in with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Students always seem to LOVE this book, but then again so do I. Our mutual and unanimous excitement about this week’s curriculum, based on this distinguished children’s book (Thank you to author and illustrator, Eric Carle) made for a GREAT week!! 

            The book follows our tiny hungry caterpillar friend from his hatching, through his voracious and seemingly insatiable appetite, to his not so tiny cocoon days… and finally his transformation into a “beautiful butterfly!”  I entirely enjoyed this week’s group times, in large part due to the fun interactive reading times we had, something about “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” captivated your kiddos in a very engaging and fun way. They could probably tell you the story all on their own by now!

            We paired our group tie and reading with some fun activities relating to our book. We made a big caterpillar collaboratively (he can be observed on one of our classroom walls.) We then, made tiny clay caterpillars of our own. I love clay activities for this age student; it provides great fine motor practice. Students get to work on their hand muscles and motor skill by molding the clay into their desired caterpillar shape. We watercolored coffee filters and before we knew it, they had turned into beautiful, colorful BUTTERFLIES of our own. Finally, we replicated an image of the caterpillar from our book with dot paints, this may have been my favorite activity because all of the caterpillars came out looking so different! Students were also, VERY proud of their work, which always feels like the important take-away to me.

            It was a happy week, everyone is gaining so many more words and growing a ton! I can’t believe it is already November!

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