We have been asked many times to write up our "lesson plans" so others could use them. Honestly, we just spend a little time thinking about how we want the "school year" to look and go from there. We wing-it a lot, doing impromptu things that add to our plans. I am always amazed that anyone would think what we do is worthy of writing down for others to read, but here it goes!
This year, we are doing "Childhood Classics"--reading great children's books--you know, the kind every child should get to know, and then doing little activities to go with it.
Week 5, we read two Eric Carle books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Lonely Firefly.
Monday-- We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, emphasizing the life cycle of a butterfly. We ate apples for snack (just like the caterpillar did on day one). During CircleTime, we acted out the four stages of a butterfly. We also used our insect fingerpuppets to review the stages.
Tuesday-- We again read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We sang "If you're happy and you know it... be a caterpillar, a butterfy, a cocoon..." During CreativeTime, we made a "life cycle" chart. We used a tiny foam circle for an egg, several larger circles to make a caterpillar, a cottonball wrapped around a pipe cleaner for a cocoon hanging on a branch, and we used marker paimts on a coffee filter for our butterflies. Afterwards, we took a walk and played outside, observing the butterflies.