Spring is here at last and it’s the perfect time to introduce our young children to the butterfly life cycle! It’s also the perfect time to add some fun into our lessons to keep our kids engaged.
Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and From Caterpillar to Butterfly to your children and talk about how caterpillars are hatched from eggs. See how many other animals your children can list that are also hatched from eggs such as chickens, crocodiles, ducks, and snakes.
Have the children color the first two pages of their coloring book. As they color, encourage them to be neat and realistic with the colors they choose.
Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and From Caterpillar to Butterfly again. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is hungry when he’s hatched. Ask your children why the caterpillar would be hungry. What would they like to eat if they’re hungry and need to eat before they form a chrysalis?
Today let the children color pages 3-5 of their coloring book. Point out as the caterpillar eats the leaf, he grows nice and big!
Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and From Caterpillar to Butterfly again. Ask your children to describe what the chrysalis stage is and how the caterpillar formed it. What is happening to the caterpillar?
Have your kids color pages 6-7 of their coloring books. Bring the children’s attention to the fact that butterfly caterpillars don’t spin a cocoon but instead their skin hardens into the chrysalis.
Today assign your children to color the final three pages of their coloring book. Spend some time looking through the pages and admiring their work.
Now head outside, enjoy the spring weather, and go on a nature hike. See if you can find some eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, or butterflies as you hike outside.
Were you able to find signs of the butterfly life cycle on your hike?
Sara Dennis is a homeschooling mother of 6 children ages 4 through 18. After much research into homeschooling in 2000, she and her husband fell in love with classical education and used it as the foundation for their homeschool. Sara Dennis blogs at Classically Homeschooling.
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