We ended yesterday with tadpoles. Today's life cycle?
Like I promised. Here's a little RoundUP for the classic:
"THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR"
The circle of life.
I owe the inspiration for this collection to this first creepy crawlie that I captured while in Texas earlier this month.
SPEAKING OF CLASSICS.... How cute is this?
Thank you Montgomery, TX for the opportunity to 'work' with your brilliant ones!
|Caterpillar collaboration from a classroom of painted hand-prints.|
What a joy to make my Author-Illustrator school visits and give a seminar on my approach to the creative Arts -- all while seeing what everyone else is up to. This RAINBOW finished piece is a delightful cooperative effort from little hands. KUDOS! What a welcome!!
This next crawlie-character was on display on the bulletin board in the toddler classroom at Children's Hospital childcare -- some time back in Columbus. Don't you just LUV LUV LUV how the opened-ended individual finger painted projects creep together for this collaboration? Simple always wins! What a great way to create a bulletin board from process Art. Two thumbs up!
The following version was on display at my Wonder-Boy's elementary during my visit to their kindergarten collective. He had completed his 'family-homework project' of their creating a butterfly together, as had his peers. You can catch a glimpse of the family-butterflies, fluttering above.
How glorious is this teacher created tissue paper example at our Twinzees preschool? Each of these efforts, which ever state of the union, expands on the children's exposure and awareness of Eric Carle's treasure. You know as old Art teacher how much I love these various treatments of the original art.
|Bulletin Board for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in Preschool|
From tissue paper on a bulletin board to an ENTIRE l-o-n-g elementary school mural. Just how big can you make one caterpillar? This work was absolutely stunning! To see it in person during my two day residency in Clyde, OH at Main Street Elementary brought a smile to my face every single time I passed by this monumental and permanent exhibit. This is why we call the original a classic. There are so many possible possibilities and variations on the theme.
NOW. Take a LOOK AT THESE BEAUTIES!! They were creeping and crawling in the hallways up in Taylor, MI. Construction paper strips. My favorite part? Take a look at those faces! Look at the eyes. Each one as personal as the young artist's own interpretation, yet you know instantly the inspiration for the 'craftivity.'
Now back to WonderBoy's hallway in Pataskala for a look at their writing/drawing projects on display complete with three dimensional caterpillars. Are you appreciating all of the many ways that a picture book's life can be extended across your curriculum?
|"On Monday my caterpillar ate 1 watermelon."|
|"On Monday my caterpillar ate Pizza."|
Here's a close-up of the over-sized chenille caterpillar with pipe cleaner embellishment. When you're in kindergarten and your writing project morphs into three dimensions? You've got to believe you're the big cheese.
In my continuing Fine Motor Friday series, I'm always
harping encouraging handwritten examples by the teachers. This anchor chart is a great example of a story emerging over time. Science. Documenting the process. Handwriting. (Student/above + Teacher/below!!) Picture book. Woven seamlessly together.
|Anchor CHART in Kindergarten!!!|
Now for the GRAND finale. I'm really big on BIG endings. That's how I orchestrate my original children's songs. Build it, build it, build it: TA DA! Look at these amazing works of art. Simple brilliant. These were on display in the hallways in central Indiana. The art teacher's direction of this student work is simply stunning. Breath-taking in fact.
A quick hop over to Wikipedia for the publishing date reveals 1969 as the original release date. I know that I remember the very moment when I personally first beheld this beauty. The incredible color against the white background nearly took my breath away. I was transfixed!
Looking for a BIG word to associate with your caterpillar exploration? How about: LEPIDOPTERA? You know how children love to learn the multiple syllables in a dinosaur's name? How about introducing lepidoptera when you're talking Eric Carle's caterpillar. MEMORABLE!
p.s. By all means, please pin and share these ideas with those searching.
-- Debbie --
I'm converting my songs to Mp3 versions, so that you can instantly download them with their lyrics and support materials in pdf format. I'm just beginning to add power-point slides for your ease in projection. By following my store you'll learn when I get another file zipped together.