We reviewed the sign for caterpillar. We watched the Signing Time Episode "The Great Outdoors" which covers caterpillar and other outdoorsy signs. It also has a cute song about caterpillars.
How can you learn about Caterpillars and not read this classic children's book? This book has been a big hit around our house. Jonathan used to love sticking his fingers through the holes in the pages-- now Grace is discovering the holes! It's a great story for counting and reviewing the days of the week as well. I printed out and laminated felt board pieces from over at Making Learning Fun and he had fun acting out the story as I read it aloud.
This is a cute story about a caterpillar who wishes he could fly like his friends bee, bird, and butterfly. The story, like Eric Carle's book, follows the caterpillar through the life cycle of making a cocoon and becoming a butterfly. It isn't highly original in that regard, but Jonathan found it very entertaining nonetheless. I think he was drawn to the bold illustrations.
I picked up this book because I was familiar with the children's song about Arabella Miller. This book elaborates on the song and tells the story of a little girl (Arabella) who finds a caterpillar and brings him home. She carefully takes care of the caterpillar and observes his transformation into a butterfly. The book is in the same rhyme/meter as the children's song, so I sang most of it to Jonathan. This drew him into the story even more and he seemed to enjoy it.
We sang Arabella Miller which is just a silly children's song. :)
We did a "C is for Caterpillar" do-a-dot page from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Jonathan did the page, but he hasn't enjoyed arts and crafts as much this week.
We had a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" lunch-- apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges. My picky eater tried everything-- although he favored the strawberries and oranges.
The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar by Clare Jarrett
The Very Hungry Caterpillar tot pack @ 1+1+1=1
The Very Hungry Caterpillar printables @ Making Learning Fun
C is for Caterpillar @ Confessions of the Homeschooler
C is for Caterpillar (a very Hungry One) @ Delightful Learning