EASTER


 
 

It's Easter 2013!

Two weeks Easter holidays in Queensland in 2013 – yippee!  We are sure both students and teachers will have a wonderful Easter holiday in 2013 as well as
families and all our Butterfly Wings friends.

Butterfly Wings would like to encourage families to celebrate Easter in Australia
using an Easter Bilby.

 

Rabbits are an introduced species in Australia and are unpopular because of the damage they do to the Australian Environment.

In 1991 a campaign was started by the Anti-Rabbit Research Foundation to replace the Easter Bunny with the Easter Bilby (an endangered species). Author Jeni Bright wrote a children's story called Burra Nimu the Easter Bilby to support the campaign.  
Click on the link to download this story.  
You can find out more about Burra Nimu at The Easter Bilby.


 

The Bilby is an endangered member of the bandicoot family
and is also know as a Rabbit Eared Bandicoot. 
They are marsupials and live in spirally burrows.
 

SO BUY CHOCOLATE BILBIES,
NOT BUNNIES, IF YOU CAN!!

The Butterfly Wings International Year of Maths of Planet Earth
theme for April is
Position and Direction.

EASTER BILBY’S HIDING EGGS!!

Tune: London Bridge 

Easter Bilby’s hiding eggs

Hiding eggs, hiding eggs

Easter Bilby’s hiding eggs

Hiding Easter Eggs. 

He hides an egg by a tree

By a tree, by a tree

He hides an egg by a tree

Hiding Easter Eggs. 

He hides an egg by a flower

He hides an egg by a rock

He hides an egg by pond

He hides an egg by a gate

He hides an egg in the grass

Easter Bilby’s hidden all the eggs

Hidden all the eggs, hidden all the eggs

Easter Bilby’s hidden all the eggs

All the Easter eggs.

3-5 years - Sing this song with your child and discuss what the Easter Bilby is doing and why?  Find some pretend eggs or similar items and put them in a small basket and act out the rhyme – the child becomes the Easter Bilby hiding eggs in different places (Position). Children can draw pictures of flowers, rocks and other items for labelling the different places.  You can then count the number of eggs the Bilby has hidden and talk about the journey (direction).  Think of other places the Bilby could hide some eggs at your home and include them in the rhyme. Draw a map of this rhyme and plot the Bilby’s journey going from place to place (position and direction).  You can sing and dramatise this story outdoors and hide eggs in real places especially on Easter Sunday!!  You can sing a final verse “I have found all the eggs!” when they have finished.  

Most of all, have fun!!

Find a compilation of lots of Easter Activities like the one below, right here at
Easter Lesson Plans.


 

For other Easter Bilby ideas please look at the Rhyme for April in 2010 and 2011
on our old Butterfly Wings Website!

USING PICTURE BOOKS TO ASSIST IN DEVELOPING MATHEMATICAL IDEAS

The Butterfly Wings Team would like to encourage families and early year’s educators to use picture books as a starting point
to develop mathematical ideas and to play with mathematical concepts.

We would like to:

The Butterfly Wings recommended picture book for April is all about the Mathematical Language of Position and Direction

 

One night, when the moon is out and the tide is high, the baby stops crying - and makes a wish.Then starts a wild chase that takes the Queen, the King, the Admiral, the Captain, the General, the Sergeant and even the little dog through the night...and around the book
Ref: www.childrensclassics.com


Building a mathematical language is really important with very young children so they become very familiar with the words and what they mean.  Here are some Position and Direction words you can introduce naturally as you are playing with your child.  This will help them with understanding position and direction concepts in the future.

MATHEMATICAL LANGUAGE - TALKING ABOUT POSITION AND DIRECTION

position

over, under

above, below

top, bottom, side

on, in

outside, inside

around

in front, behind

front, back

before, after

beside, next to

opposite

apart

between

middle, edge

corner

direction

left, right

up, down

forwards, backwards, sideways

across

close, far, near

along

through

to, from, towards, away from

This link from NZ Maths is for a list of vocabulary cards that you can download and use to teach position. 


IDEAS RELATED TO THE BOOK - LION IN THE NIGHT by PAMELA ALLEN


The book “Lion in the Night” is a journey – the lion “steals” the baby and takes the baby on an adventure and travels from place to place being followed by
all the members of the Royal household.  
 



Make a story map of the Lion in the Night story and retell the story using the story map and characters from the book (photocopy characters from the book and glue onto paddlepop sticks for a simple puppet).
 



This story is a circle story.  Talking about the journey with your child involves mathematical vocabulary related to position and direction – see list above.  You can draw the story map or use building blocks and other materials to create the story map. 

You can even create the whole story in your house with a pretend castle, river, forest and the child can be the lion or the other characters.
 


Have a Lion Treasure hunt – use yellow or orange cotton wool balls and hide them around the house.  Children can count how many they find.  Talk about the different places where you hid the cotton wool balls – near the door, under the table, by the chair – this helps to develop a mathematical language of position.  Talk about looking for the cotton wool balls, towards the door, across the room, behind the chair – this help to develop a mathematical language of direction.


Children love imaginative play, and pretending to be a king or queen or a roaring lion
can create endless hours of adventure and fun! 
 




You could also-



 

 “A LION IN THE NIGHT” IS ONE OF THE BUTTERFLY WINGS “BRINGING PICTURE BOOKS ALIVE” WORKSHOPS.  PLEASE CONTACT THE BUTTERFLY WINGS TEAM IF YOU WOULD LIKE A BRINGING PICTURE BOOKS ALIVE WORKSHOP
AT YOUR CENTRE/SCHOOL
.  
For more information email the team at Gwen@butterflywingsearlyyearsconsultancy.com.au
OR visit the Butterfly Wings Early Years Consultancy website.

We hope you enjoyed this BUTTERFLY WINGS rhyme of the month!