Reading Response Art, Math and Science

November 16, 2011

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Book of the Week: Pig’s Egg by Katherine Sully, illustrated by Sam Chaffey

Why we love this book:

Pig’s Egg is a delightful book that immediately draws you in through it’s pen and ink with water color illustrations. Sam Chaffey’s illustrations capture each farm animal’s character as they each care for their individual eggs. Pig feels left out until he finds an egg for himself. Amazingly, he hatches a beautiful butterfly! Through Pig’s sweet innocence, children are introduced to life cycles.The learning from this book can go in many directions. Each teacher and child will see different learning opportunities.

  • Farm Animal Theme
  • Self-Esteem
  • Life Cycles
  • Pen & Ink with Watercolor Illustrations
  • How to Use Quotation Marks

Preschool Reading Response Art & Math


  • Book Pig’s Egg
  • brown and white paper eggs (children will cut-out the eggs)
  • sentence strips


Ms. Michelle decided to focus on patterns after reading Pig’s Egg.

  • First, the children enjoyed a read-aloud and discussion about the book and it’s illustrations.
  • Then Ms. Michelle gave the children brown and white egg shapes on a piece of paper.
  • The children cut out the egg shapes.
  • Next, they created “patterns” on a sentence strip.
  • When they were finished manipulating the egg shapes the children could make one final pattern and glue it onto the sentence strip.

What the Children learned from Pig’s Egg:

  • How to listen to a book ( a big task for little ones).
  • Introduction to pen & ink with water color illustrations.
  • Cutting & gluing (fine-motor-skills).
  • Recognizing and creating a pattern (math concepts).
  • Oval shapes (geometry)
  • Different colored eggs (science).
  • Life cycles (science)

Life with Joyce

Homeschool Adaptation

Aunt Joyce shared Pig’s Egg with MacGyver and Miss Enigma. Miss Enigma immediately fell in love with Pig and his egg. Books are wonderful because they can take learners in many different directions. Upon our second reading of the book, MacGyver noticed that the first illustration in the book highlighted the entire life cycle of a butterfly.

When we finished reading I simply asked the children, “Pig’s Egg is kind-off a silly book but I think it is also teaching us. What do you think Pig is teaching us?” They both responded that the book teaches about the life cycle of a butterfly.

We decided we would create pen & ink with water color illustrations showing the life cycle of a butterfly.


Pen & Ink with Water Color, MacGyver, age 8

Pen & Ink with Water Color, Miss Enigma, age 5

Freedom of Expression

Be prepared when you give children artistic freedom! Miss Enigma drew a detailed pen & ink drawing with a butterfly, flowers, roots, grass, and eggs on leaves. Then she began painting . . . beautiful . . . then she kept painting . . . and painting . . . and painting . . . until her picture was in flames with fire. What can I say. She’s expressive!

Life with Jeannine


The Butterfly Garden: FREE printable book

Life Cycles For Children


Sharing this week at:

ABC and 123 Learning

Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns

Red Ted Art’s Blog

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara November 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm

As always, MacGyver’s picture is wonderful!! I’m very impressed with Miss Enigma’s too though! She IS expressive, but definitely in a good way! :)

Natalie November 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Love this post and the book sounds very good. Ms Enigma and my daughter would get along handsomely – both can’t quit while they are ahead :)

Merelyn - Real Kid Friendly November 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

love the pics!

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