Brightly Beaming Steps to Reading Program
Preparatory Curriculum
Adaptable for Ages 2 - 4
by Katrina Lybbert

Lesson 16

Weekly Theme  (Start Monday, continue with the theme all week)

This week's theme is BUTTERFLIES.  ~Butterfly Pictures/Printouts~

The vocabulary word is antennae - the feelers on the head of the butterfly.

Books to read aloud that support the theme:

The Lamb and the Butterfly by Arnold Sundgaard
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder
Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons
The Butterfly Alphabet by Kjell B. Sandved
Butterfly by Susan Canizares
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Poems that support the theme:

by Katrina Lybbert

Butterfly, butterfly,
Flitting in the air,
It is fun to chase you
Here and there.

Butterfly, butterfly,
Flitting in the air,
Your wings are so pretty,
Come closer if you dare.

(Can also be sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")

Songs that support the theme:

Birds, Bees, and Pretty Butterflies

More Poems and Songs for the Butterfly Theme

Gross Motor Skills Activity:  (Monday)

Use scarves, one for each hand, to wave as you fly like a butterfly to music.

Fine Motor Skills Activity:  (Friday)
Choose one:
~Practice drawing antennae on a picture of a butterfly.

~Paint a butterfly... put small drops of paint on one side of a creased piece of paper.  Fold along the crease to smear the paint onto both sides of the sheet of paper.  When the paint is dry cut it out in a butterfly shape.

~Make a butterfly out of playdough.  Use pipe cleaners to stick in as antennae.  Use small shape cookie cutters to press similar impressions on each wing.

Shape/Color  (Tuesday)

This week you will teach the color purple.

Letter  (Wednesday)

The letter this week is the letter P.

Number  (Thursday)

The number this week is the number 16.

Nursery Rhyme  (Friday)

The nursery rhyme this week is Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.  Recite often!

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.


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