Spring Things

The best lessons happen without effort, out of the classroom and, many times, on a walk.

A few weeks ago the ground was littered with caterpillars.

Now the leaves are full of holes, and the fat caterpillars have wrapped into cocoons.

caterpillar food

I can’t wait until the air becomes a flutter of bright wings.

Cocoons cover this house

While images of the butterfly life cycle and books like Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar nicely support this springtime metamorphasis, nothing like picking a munched leaf or stooping to see a furry caterpillar’s movement, absorbed through the senses, can better tell a child of spring.

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