After reading the story about The Very Busy Caterpillar by Eric Carle, we discuss how busy we are going to be in kindergarten. The kids talk about things they think they will learn. Each month, they complete one page in the booklet. By the end of the year, they can see how their writing has really improved. For the first month, they just write their names and draw some of their new friends. The teacher will need to write down the name of the school before running the booklet off ( In September, Charlotte met lots of new friends at Banneker School). For October through May, they complete the page at the end of the month. They write about something they did or learned at school that month. Ex. In November, Charlotte liked making bread and butter for the feast. In May, Charlotte went on a field trip to Elm's Beach and collected lots of shells. In June and July, Charlotte rested and rested. She went to Ocean City and got a sun tan! In August, Charlotte turned into a first grader! By then my kids are writing so much, they often ask to turn to the back of the page to write about things they will do in first grade. My kids use their "approximated spelling" to spell their words. I do not spell for them as I want them to stretch the words out. This book shows how much they grow in their use of phonics, spaces, sight words, etc. At the end of the year, they color the caterpillar and butterfly on the cover and decorate the border of the page. I add a first day of school (or first month) photo and glue it by the caterpillar. Then I add an end of year photo by the butterfly. I laminate the cover for a keepsake. They love taking these books home at the end of the year.