The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Hello everyone!

This week we are reading an oldie but a goodie, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as a tribute to him.  This is a wonderful story about the life cycle of a Butterfly and a great way to introduce our topic of minibeasts.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Wikipedia

There are so many different activities that you could do with this story it’s hard to narrow them down!  Firstly, this is a great story for sequencing, a very important Maths skill Discuss what happens first in the story, then, next, after that and finally.  Using this language specifically will really support their organisation skills, helping them to prepare what they need to get on with the next job at hand, whether that’s at home or at school.  Narrating what your child is doing is another opportunity to familiarise your child with the language, for instance, when getting dressed to go to school you could sequence the order that they’re getting dressed.  First you put on your socks, then your shirt, next your trousers or dress, after that you put on your cardigan and finally you put on your shoes!  Sequencing things to organise yourself is a great life skill!

The-Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-by-Eric-Carle.pdf (7 downloads)

There are a great many games you can play to support their Literacy skills too.  Sequencing properly helps them to understand the beginning, middle and end of stories too.  When it comes to writing, their names for instance, children will need to know which letter is first, which comes next, etc.  Skills are interlinked and not discreet.  Could your child make up a story using another animal?  Perhaps they can use the chicks that hatched in our classroom as inspiration!  One day there was an egg, then it hatched, next a chick came out of it, after that the chick started to eat lots of food and it grew, and grew, and grew until it was a chicken!

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence