Today we re-read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will be reading it very day this week to familarise ourselves with it. I used a felt board prop to help in the retelling today and let the children basically tell the story for me, prompting them at time when they needed it. I was a little disappointed that such a good set was missing a little egg to lay on the leaf so I plan to get a small piece of white felt and make my own.
At the activity tables we finished off the sequencing that we painted yesterday. We got the children to cut out their own foods and try and keep them in a pile. We know from experience with this activity that pieces often get lost, mixed up with other children’s pieces or accidentally thrown in the bin. (Yes, I did have to fish a few out of the bin today!) I’m impressed with how far their cutting skills have come along.
About half of the group were able to do the activity pretty much independently without any prompting. With the others we discussed what the caterpillar ate on each day. For example, “On the first day he ate one thing. Can you see one thing in your pile of foods?” “If he ate one thing on Monday then how many things do you think he ate on Tuesday?” We glued the foods into the appropriate days.
The pictures I used for the sequencing were from DLTK. I made a template to fit these pictures. If you’d like a copy of my template, which also includes a copy of the sequencing pics, you can download it here: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing.
On another activity table we made some butterflies using popsticks and wool. We crossed the popsticks over each other and secured them with pipecleaners. We then twisted a second pipecleaner on to make the antennae. We wrapped wool around the popsticks to from the wings. This took a great deal of fine motor control.