Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Crazy for Caterpillars & Bonkers for Butterflies!

Hello one & all!!
Today was a hectic day...topped off with a long Croke Park hour evening! But fear not, I still have energy to post this evenings update as promised! Even though I was missing 6 kids today, we were still super busy! I haven't had a full class since the Easter break....which is sooooo frustrating when you have content you want to cover in a certain time frame! I blame the weather....there are so many splutters and sniffles at the minute, I actually don't know how I'm still alive! I wish our weather system would make up it's mind and decide if it is supposed to be Spring or mid Winter!!

Anyway, whether Spring has officially kicked in or not, we're powering through and we've been deep in Spring learning!

Since coming back after Easter, we've gone caterpillar and butterfly mad! I love this time of year and I LOVE 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. It never gets boring. The teaching that stems from this delicious little story is endless!!

 Here's our Very Hungry Caterpillar Hat. It's rough and ready but a great incentive for good behaviour, because one lucky student gets to wear it during reading. Who knew a few bits of card could cause such excitement??

Our wall's still a work in progress as we're adding to it most days!

Our book selection on display for all to examine and explore. Another nice incentive and activity for our early finishers.

A phonics activity at the moment is matching the magnetic letters to these picture cards. We're busy blending at the moment....these are obviously difficult words but the children are recognising them now because we're using the story so much.

We're recording our own little versions of the stories in these little mini books. The children are enjoying filling in each page with a number and pictures of each of the Hungry Caterpillar's meals!

This little guy is helping us with our prepositions! He's creeping all around our classroom! Today he was 'under' the library...who knows where he'll be tomorrow!

 Lifecyle - nothing new here! Just some cutting and sticking which they love! Posters are from Sparklebox.

Adding is our latest topic in Maths. It's a tricky one for many infants but the Hungry Caterpillar is a great story to use for making adding a little more exciting! We've been adding, matching, sorting and working on our number formation. I got these little maths booklets from Twinkl:


Colouring the correct amount of caterpillar body parts! These are my own worksheets.
Below are some differentiated activities from Twinkl.


We've been doing lots of Art too! I love art and so do my Juniors! They just love been let loose with it and I like letting them go for it.....after a while in infants you really do stop being up tight about 'mess'!  As Pablo Picasso said "Every child is an artist!"


"If you could be a butterfly, what would you look like?" 
I just love how I can see each of my little Juniors personalities in these!! 

Honestly, I thought this might be too tricky for my little ones, but they surprised me! These turned out great...I'll post some coloured ones tomorrow!

These are my favourite....our very own Hungry Cattepillars! We painted these using balloons! They're so easy to do and the children just loved the novelty of dipping balloons into paint! Legs were added with a sponge when the bodies dried!

This is a brief insight into what we've been up to so far on this theme....and there's plenty more to come! If you want to see some of they rhymes and songs I'm using this month, you'll find them in one of my previous posts!

Here's a song we did today however that the little ones LOVED!

I'm going to sign off now before I babble on about caterpillars any further!

Let me know what you think!


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