Saturday 9 July 2011

Hungry Caterpillar

Having always coming across, 'Eric Carle', a children's story writer, I've decided to get this book that I read raves about, "The very hungry caterpillar." Jazz loves it very much. She loves any kinds of books I get for her anyway. 
This book teaches the days of the week, from Sunday through the next Sunday. The illustrations are very good and it narrates the days well. The book follows a caterpillar as it eats its way through a wide variety of food before pupating and emerging as a butterfly. It teaches the days of the week and a butterfly's life stages. 
It's "The very hungry caterpillar"
There are holes punched in the 'food' that the caterpillar ate through
Dates, time and days are intangible, it can be a little difficult to teach than the tangible subjects. Moreover, dates, time and days are of no importance to toddlers. We are their walking diaries, their schedules are in our mind and they follow the routine we set for them. I teach Jazz time in a simple way, I told her, "when the sun comes up, you wake up, when the moon is out and sun goes down, you go to bed." Other than that, she knows that lunch is for noon and dinner is for evening. I don't talk to her about dates because they don't really matter to her. Just recently, I heard her singing a song about the days of the week. And obviously, I didn't teach her about them, I just got this book fresh yesterday. It was coincidentally in line with her school's curriculum. So that made everything easy for me, there wasn't much explanation on my part when I read to her. After the story, I told her, "On Monday to Friday, you go to school while Daddy and Mummy go to work. There's no school on Saturday and Sunday." I hope she understands what I was trying to tell her. In fact, the first day of a week isn't Monday, It's Sunday. The book begins with a Sunday... Good read for the little ones!

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