The Hungry Caterpillar

One of my favorite stories for Circle Time is Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I love how it is so colorful and fun, and that from one story, I can talk about a lot of different concepts ranging from the days of the week to rote counting and even the butterfly’s life cycle. Coincidentally, a few days after I used the story in my toddlers class,  I found a bunch of caterpillars munching on the leaves in a flowering plant (I’m not sure what it’s called, but in Filipino we call it calachuchi). I excitedly took the plant and created a terrarium where my kids could watch the life cycle happen right before their very eyes!We were amazed at how much the caterpillar does eat. Like the story, the caterpillar was, indeed, a very hungry one! We saw how it changed colors and observed how some took the leaves and wrapped themselves in it while the others burrowed under the soil and formed a chrysalis. It was a bit disappointing that we did not get to see the butterflies (which apparently turned out to be moths) emerge from the chrysalis.

This whole experience highlights one important thing teachers should know:lessons come from the most unexpected places. I definitely did not plan out to have this hands-on experience!

If you have an unplanned lesson that ended up a success like this, feel free to share!

In the same breath, this is my Camera Critters shot this week.

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