Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar Learning Time

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Learning Time


Before Reading  

This book has ‘lift the flaps’ so it would be beneficial for all babies and parents to have a copy to hold and interact with.  If you don’t have a set of this exact book then provide a wide selection of lift-the-flap or touch-and-feel books for each parent/carer and baby.
Invite parents to sit with their baby in their lap with the book in front of the baby about 20cm from the face.  
Introduce the book by showing the cover, reading the title and pointing out the green caterpillar. Allow time for parents to do the same with their baby.  
You are a role model to parents who may be new to sharing books with babies. Allow time for repetition and exploration of the book. Things like holding the book, turning the pages and opening and closing the flaps are vital for a baby’s developing book knowledge.  

During Reading  

Encourage parents to spend time on each page reading the words, opening and closing the flaps, touching the images and talking about what is happening in the illustrations.
As you read the book trace/underline the words with your finger, or if possible, baby’s finger. This will help them associate the words and pictures to what you are saying. Touch is so important for a baby’s brain development.

After Reading

Share with parents that they can follow baby’s lead and if they are tired or restless finish the book and move onto something else. If baby is still engaged then give them practice holding and opening and closing the book. Babies instinctively put everything in their mouth as this is a way they explore and learning about how things work. Learning how a book works is an important early literacy skill.
Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar is a lovely book to read as part of a bedtime routine, finding all the animals before it’s time to go to sleep.

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