Caterpillar Classrooms (Toddlers)
In the Caterpillar Classrooms, the children are hungry to see what they might have missed when they were crawling only a few months earlier. They are using their hands in new ways: splashing in the water-table, moving a brush around on a large surface, or feeding their classroom pets.
They take strolls to the local supermarket to find apples to taste or to purchase ingredients for their cooking activities. You may also find them looking for leaves to paint during one of their walks in the community. Sometimes they simply watch as the ferry boat leaves the dock or they wave good-bye to the police officer on horseback. The children’s vocabularies are broadened through interacting with these experiences.
Caterpillar Classroom Observation: “There’s the moon, ferry, boat, car, doggy.” The child is pointing to the things he sees outside the classroom window.