With the arrival of spring in Preschool we have the joy of watching caterpillars turn into butterflies!
Every year Ms. Rhonda and I buy a container of caterpillars for the children to observe and see what happens. We start off our unit reading the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. We make fun crafts around that theme like cutting paper leaves with different scissor edges and using hole punches. We break out the paint and make caterpillars using their cute little hand prints and paint paper butterflies.
During the unit, the kids learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and get to see for themselves how caterpillars grow and form chrysalis. Then, after two weeks of waiting, they emerge into beautiful butterflies. It’s fun to hear the giggles of delight as they watch the butterflies in the net and their equal excitement when we release them outside.
I often find that as a preschool teacher I get the joy of seeing the same transformation in the lives of my kiddos. Every year I receive these precious children eager to learn and “eat-up” all the information and skills they are learning. They learn how to share, take turns, get in a line, and listen to directions. They also learn how much glue they should use, how to cut with scissors (and the things they should only cut with scissors), how to form and recognize letters, numbers, shapes, count to ten, and even learn how to write their own name. As you can see, through the course of the year, they are growing, and I can see the transformation right before my eyes.
Butterflies are not only a wonderful analogy in terms of a child’s growth, but also for our life in Christ. It says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT) I love the hope that I have in this verse.
Just like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, Christ transforms us from the old to the new. If we choose to walk with Him more deeply, we will grow in knowledge, and truth.