Most of use Early Years themes in our curriculum planning and one of the best ways to do this is through stories. Many children´s books can be linked to celebrations and topics such as Easter and Spring.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a sure favourite for educators all over the world and there are many facets of the story that can be used in a multitude of ways:
1) Introduction or revision of key vocabulary: days of the week, food, life-cycles, numbers and colours.
2) Introduction or revision of letter sounds: /c/ for caterpillar, /s/ for strawberries, /a/ for apple, etc.
3) Identifying familiar sounds in words: is there a /c/ in “caterpillar”? “Where is the /s/ in strawberry?
4) Blending: short, decodable words that may or may not be related to the book: sun, tree, moon, plum, pie, sad, etc.
5) Tricky words: making short, simple sentences with familiar Tricky Words for example, “the sun is hot”.
6) Letter formation/fine-motor skills: drawing pictures of caterpillars, painting circles on card and making a caterpillar class display, Play-Doh caterpillars or fruit baskets and using finger paints to form the /c/ grapheme are just some of the many ideas that can be used with young children.
Short, themed workshops based on creative ideas and activities that are also related to formal Synthetic Phonics programme Jolly Phonics are available throughout the year.
For more information please contact Teacher Trainer Beki Wilson at email@example.com