Tuesday, April 14, 2009

a beautiful butterfly!

Today, as we welcomed everyone to preschool, we made patterns with the color bears.

Then, after calendar, we talked about butterflies! I asked the children where butterflies come from. Some thought they might come from flowers or bushes, one answer was, "a caterpillar goes in his house and comes out as a butterfly" (impressive!), and another answer even involved the chrysalis (wow!!). Then we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, to find out where they come from. While we read we did these hand motions to help us remember.

*Egg - hand clutched in a fist

*Caterpillar - index finger extended, scrunched, extended, scrunched

*Chrysalis - index finger of one hand wrapped by other hand

*Butterfly - interlock thumbs, wiggle fingers, and do flying motion

More Butterfly Facts


3 body parts: head, thorax, abdomen

6 legs

2 sets of wings

2 antennae - helps to feel, smell, and explore.

Active during the day and sleep at night

Next we pretended to be caterpillars that turned into butterflies, then we made super cute caterpillars (in an ABAB pattern). They are hanging on the wall of the preschool for everyone to see. :)

Then we began our Butterfly Books that teach prepositional phrases (over, under, above, next to). We'll be working on these over the next few weeks.

After snack we reviewed numbers and made our number 9 cards. Then we reviewed letters and introduced Bb.

The Letter Bb

to the tune of Frere Jacques

The letter B. The letter B. (make ASL sign for letter, showing one hand then the other)

Has a sound. Has a sound. (bring 1 hand to ear and then the other hand to the other ear)

What sound do you make? What sound do you make? (palms facing up, shrug shoulders)

/b/ /b/ /b/! /b/ /b/ /b/! (Make ASL sign for letter, move hand forward and backward for each sound)

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