Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle
This week’s speech and language session is based on the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Using literacy based instruction, activities were created to target your child’s speech and language goals. Individualized activities will be sent weekly through email. Please don’t hesitate to ask me for other ideas or for help modifying activities and materials. Literacy activities foster great expressive and receptive language skills. It’s important to try to build a reading routine into your daily schedule.
As we create a new “normal” for ourselves right now, consider making a daily schedule for yourself and the family. Write it down. Cross things off as you finish them to track each day and keep your family motivated to learn and grow together! Below is a list of suggested activities/skills to target every day with your child! Set a time for each of them so you can fit them in each day or pick one to focus on each day!
1. Read! Listen to the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXHScpo_Vv8
Listen and watch this story with your child. Feel free to pause the video and ask questions, point to pictures, or label objects to engage your child. If you have a copy of the book, have your child follow along by turning the pages in the book.
2. Talk! Vocabulary Review: caterpillar, apple, butterfly, cheese, cocoon, watermelon, leaf, salami, pie, cake, orange, strawberry, pickle, pear, plum, sausage, lollipop, icecream, cupcake, sun
Have your child identify vocabulary. Ask "Where is __?" Once your child finds the picture, have them point to it. To encourage expressive language, ask your child "What's that?" while pointing to the picture. To expand language, encourage your child to play "I Spy" by saying "I spy a ____" or say "I see a ____" or “I eat ____” while naming pictures.
3. Talk! Answer story questions
Have your child answer questions after you read the story. If your child is unable to provide an answer, offer choices or change it to a yes/no question to make it easier.
- Where was the egg?
- What did the caterpillar eat first?
- What did the caterpillar eat last?
- Why did the caterpillar have a stomachache?
- What did the hungry caterpillar eat?
- How many pears did he eat?
- How many strawberries did he eat?
- What do you think his favorite food is?
- What is your favorite food to eat?
- What did the caterpillar turn into?
You can practice simple yes/no questions with your child too. Look at the vocabulary pictures or pages in the book and ask your child a yes/no question while pointing to the picture. For example, point to the butterfly and ask “Is this a bear?” (No) or “Is this a butterfly?” (Yes). If your child answers incorrectly, explain why and expand on the correct response. (i.e. "Is this a butterfly? Yes, this is a butterfly. It has wings and can fly. It is a butterfly.”) You can do this with all the vocabulary pictures.
Google or search youtube for Hungry Caterpillar songs, Insect songs, Butterfly songs, or make up your own! Songs teach rhythm and rhyme, which are important building blocks for language development.
5. Community Connection: Play!
Go outside and play in the dirt or garden. Take a nature walk and look for caterpillars, worms, insects, or butterflies! To expand language, encourage your child to identify things they see on your walk. Play by saying "I see a ___" while naming objects around you. Searching for objects is also a perfect way to work on following directions. Give your child a hint that indicates a location word like “on,” “next to,” or “between.” If he/she can do that, give him/her a clue that includes what is NOT. For example, “It’s where there are no flowers.”
We should all have plenty of toilet paper rolls available for some arts and crafts! :) Start saving some to try out crafts like these:
You can also google or search pinterest for new ideas! Arts and crafts build children’s imagination. You can target colors, shapes, numbers, turn-taking, following directions, matching, or requesting help during arts and crafts. They also build fine motor skills which are important for strong writing skills later in life. Take pictures of your creations and email them to me! If you want, I can share them on my website to inspire other little artists!
Language and movement are very important. Gross motor skills are those used to move your arms, legs, and torso in a functional manner. Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body that enable such functions as walking, jumping, kicking, running, climbing stairs, sitting upright, lifting, or throwing a ball. After reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” act out moving like different animals or insects!
Have fun and stay healthy at home!
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