Our week began with the exploration of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. We even have our very own caterpillars in our classroom so we can watch and see them transform. The children love reading our “Very Hungry Caterpillar” book by Eric Carle. They are busy researching caterpillars and butterflies. They have discovered that a caterpillar first starts out as an egg.  As the ” Very Hungry Caterpillar” book by Eric Carle says, “Pop! Out of the egg came a caterpillar”. Once it’s a caterpillar it forms a chrysalis. Once the caterpillar has completed its metamorphosis, it will nibble its way out to become a beautiful butterfly. The children observe the caterpillars in our clasroom every day to look for changes in its form. Thank you to the Aminof family for donating the book “Thanks from The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

The children’s interests are so focused on what is happening with our caterpillars. We hung pictures of the stages of the metamorphosis on our wall and they discuss them constantly. They even decided to make their own versions. We began with the egg. The children used modeling clay to form their own eggs. They formed tiny little balls. They are very good at rolling tiny little balls our of clay!! More to come…

 

During music time the children pretended to lay on the floor like a caterpillar. They rolled up into a ball like a chrysalis and then jumped up and waved their hands and flew like butterflies.

In preparation for our friends Chana’s birthday party, we baked cupcakes and made her a special treasure box with gems that we glued on. We used dot dot markers to create a beautiful birthday crown for her.

Stay tuned to find out if our caterpillars turned into butterflies.

Morah Blimie and Morah Aimee