The Nurturing Nest
Family Child Care & Preschool
May 2023

May's Theme - Bugs & Crawly Things

Week 1 - Backyard Bugs
As children learn more about bugs, they can begin to learn how to appreciate them. Teachers can help foster these ideas by being a role model and demonstrating how they could react when seeing a bug. For example, teachers can help children find bugs outside then initiate a conversation about how it looks or its behaviors. Learning about bugs is important at a young age because children can learn about how they can help our environment. Bees, butterflies, beetles and even ants are examples of bugs that are good pollinators which help plants continue to grow. Through observations, discussions, songs and books, children can understand how bugs are beneficial to us.

Letter: Vv. Phonic Words: violin, volcano, vacuum. Basic Concepts: brown, diamond, respectful.


Week 2 - Bug Homes
When learning about "homes," children may initially think about their own homes or where they live. As children learn about bug homes, they realize that bugs are similar to us and need shelter, too. They begin to understand that bugs sometimes build homes together as a group or colony while others do it on their own. Children learn that these homes are all unique because they are built to help protect from predators, make or catch food and give shelter from the weather. As children learn about bug homes, they reflect on their own households and how their families work together to help one another. Teachers play an important role by planning projects that invite children to construct bug homes using a variety of materials.

Letter: Yy. Phonic Words: yam, yak, yo-yo.


Week 3 - Camouflage Bugs
Bugs have interesting and unique features that help them survive. For example, leaf and stick insects look like and mimic leaves and twigs on trees. Children look closer at bugs and begin to notice those special details that make bugs interesting to learn more about. While learning about different features of bugs, teachers can ask children to reflect on how they themselves are unique. Children may think about how they look or what they are able to do. This is important because it gives children opportunities to build self-awareness. The ability to tune into one's own feelings, thoughts and actions is an essential building block for children's emotional development. When children understand themselves better, it's easier for them to build positive self-esteem.

Letter: Vv, Yy. Phonic Words:
violin, volcano, vacuum, yam, yak, yo-yo.

Leaf Insect
Praying Mantis
Walking Stick

Week 4 - Crawly Things
Bug books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar help children understand difficult concepts like growth and change. Children's literature includes colorful pictures and simple words to help them use their imaginations. Teachers can help by choosing various fiction and non-fiction  books to read and discuss with children. They also can help spark children's interests with prompts while reading. For example, "Why do you think this bug looks like a leaf?" or "Would you rather be a butterfly or a spider? Why?" Literacy also allows children to retell a story or concept. Books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar illustrate the life cycle of butterflies in a fun way so children are able to understand how an egg changes into a butterfly.

Letter Review: 
Vv, Yy. Phonic Words Review: violin, volcano, vacuum, yam, yak, yo-yo. Basic Concepts Review: brown, diamond, respectful.


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