## "Bugs and Caterpillars"

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we talked about caterpillars turning into butterflies! We introduced this by looking at a picture of a caterpillar and describing what it looked like and what it ate. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as an introduction and talked about where a caterpillar came from, to how it became a beautiful butterfly.

We made number caterpillars by gluing together the circles that make up a caterpillar and numbering each circle. Some friends were able to do this independently and write the numbers down, some friends imitated counting with the teacher as they touched each circle. Though many young children can count from rote memory, learning one-to-one correspondence marks the point when a child realizes that he can match numbers with objects. Children often point or touch objects as they count, demonstrating their ability to recognize the meaning behind the number. Practicing one-to-one correspondence can be as simple as counting objects throughout your day, but practicing while playing games ensures that friends have fun while they learn.

We used The Very Hungry Caterpillar as our reference to make our own sequence of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The children were given materials to show a sequence from an egg, to a caterpillar, to a cocoon or chrysalis, and finally to a butterfly. Some friends were able to independently put the story together. Some friends needed some prompting to decide which came first, next, then, and last. Some friends put together a two picture sequence of caterpillar then butterfly. Sequencing is an important skill to both mathematics and literacy as well. In mathematics, various computations are done in sequence. In language and literacy, children develop the skill of sequencing stories or making their own stories that have an order. They learn what comes first, next, then and last, practice retelling stories with your child at home.

We worked on making a color bug book. Friends were illustrators of their book and colored in the bug that matched the words. Some friends were able to decipher what color is was by the beginning letter of the color word. Some friends were able to read and point to each word. Some friends worked on identifying colors by choosing the correct crayon. This activity worked on learning to use descriptive words, basic reading skills, color identification, and parts of a book.

Finally, we talked about how bees pollinate and are helpers for plants to grow and make more flowers! We did an activity that used Cheeto Puffs to illustrate the importance of bees and pollination. Each child was a helper bee. They ate Cheeto Puffs and with their orange tinted Cheeto fingers, touched the the flowers to "pollinate" them and then repeated the process for other plants. It was a fun activity to show how bees are important!

We also went to the library. Mrs. Schuler read a book about a chicken that was building a house and his friends did not help him.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle

Bug Patrol by Denise Dowling Mortensen

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog (video)

Word of the Week:

Metamorphosis – change in form.

Next Week’s Word of the Week:

Mature – complete in natural growth or development.

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 1-5

May 4 – Beaty Family Picnic at 11:15 at Eldorado Park

May 12 – Referente’s Class Mother’s Day Tea (please RSVP by email)

AM tea – 10:00 am

PM tea – 2:15 pm

Ideas for Home:

-Go on a bug hunt!

-Do simple exercise routines together, such as arms up, arms out, touch toes, arms up, arms out, touch toes.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email or call me!

Have a great weekend!

Peep and the Big Wide World: Peep's New Friend

## GIVING TREE (ITEMS YOU CAN VOLUNTARILY DONATE FOR OUR CLASS)

-tin foil (4 rolls) (for pretend space)

-6 empty 2 liter soda bottles (for pretend space)

-duck tape

-toilet paper rolls

-star stickers

-craft buttons

-glitter

**As you are spring cleaning your houses, look to see if you have any items to donate for our class...children's books, children's costumes, puzzles, toys, etc. We would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!

## Miss Referente

PPCD Teacher

Beaty Early Childhood School