This morning the kids got up on the early side and found a caterpillar somewhere in the house. Firecracker was super excited because they're studying caterpillars and butterflies right now in kindergarten.
Then we had her write three sentances. On the advice of my aunt who's a kindergarten teacher, we're just having her sound things out without worrying about fixing her spelling for now. Since we started completely ignoring spelling Firecracker's sentance length and ability to come up with her own sentances has sky rocketed. (Thanks, Aunt Cheryl!)
Firecracker also has refused to write in pencil in her science book because her kindergarten teacher told them that scientists don't erase...which is true, so I gave in. We tried to compromise on a pen, but she insisted on going to crayons...which it turns out are a little easier for her to control and resulted in neater writing.
It was a fun way to start the day. Little Brother had fun looking at the caterpillar and telling us what he knew about how they turn into butterflies. Then Firecracker took him to school to show to her class...even though each kid in her class has their own caterpillar to care for already...I guess they just can't get enough. :) Firecracker wants to keep him as a pet. I want to let him go. Our vegetable plants might prefer we squish him. I'll let you know who wins.
In case you find any of your own caterpillars around, I thought I'd share a couple of our favorite caterpillar books. The first is "I'm a Caterpillar" by Jean Marzollo. (More info about the book on Jean Marzollo's site here.)I love her whole science series. This won't teach you about caterpillar body parts, but it does teach about a caterpillar life cycle in very simple language and is just right for a kindergartener still learning to read.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
other Very Hungry Caterpillar projects here.
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