Butterflies in Early Childhood Education

An interest in butterflies can help meet many of the learning objectives in Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum.

For example:

Wellbeing, Goal 4, respect for rules about harming others and the environment and an understanding of the reasons for such rules.

Belonging, Goal 1, Children and their families experience an environment where connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended.
Belonging, Goal 2, Children develop skills in caring for the environment, such as cleaning, fixing, gardening, and helping others with self-care skills;

Communication, Goal 3, Children experience an environment where they experience the stories and symbols of their own and other cultures.

  • Children develop familiarity with print and its uses by exploring and observing the use of print in activities that have meaning and purpose for children.
  • Children develop familiarity with numbers and their uses by exploring and observing the use of numbers in activities that have meaning and purpose for children;

Exploration, Goal 3, Children experience an environment where they learn strategies for active exploration, thinking, and reasoning
Exploration, Goal 4, Children experience an environment where they develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical, and material worlds.

  • Children develop spatial understandings, including an awareness of how two- and three dimensional objects can be fitted together and moved in space and ways in which spatial information can be represented, such as in maps, diagrams, photographs, and drawings;
  • Children develop a relationship with the natural environment and a knowledge of their own place in the environment;
  • Children develop respect and a developing sense of responsibility for the well-being of both the living and the non-living environment;
  • Children develop working theories about the living world and knowledge of how to care for it;