Learning about Ladybugs!
Bunny has recently decided that she LOVES Ladybugs, and that she wants to “do” them in school. So it was up to mommy to be very creative, very quickly so as to come up with some great ways to learn about Ladybugs. The first thing that I wanted to teach her was the parts of the Ladybug. I don’t have the traditional Montessori puzzle for insects, so I made a Ladybug out of felt. My little ladybug turned out well and it offered her a way to lift up all different parts so that she could see how they all work together. I also purchased the Parts of a Ladybug cards from Montessori Print Shop.
I also had a chance to get to the Library and pick up about every book I could find about Ladybugs! 🙂 Bunny and I have read a bunch of them. I think that it is amazing how much a few simple books can teach! Just reading can offer SO much information. I know that I forget to just read about our theme sometimes. Its a good reminder for me! 🙂
Another Ladybug thing that I did with the girls this week was painting peg people. I gave Bunny, Bug, and Pup red and black paint and let them paint a peg person to look like a Ladybug (I may have painted one too). The results were pretty good, but they were soon done with their peg person, but not done painting. So I got out some paper and showed them a simple way to paint Ladybugs (that is who did the small red ones on Bug and Pup’s painting). This idea allowed them to make some amazing art work! I was really proud of their creativity! Unfortunately for my little artists, my camera battery died, so there are no pics of the work.
Finally, the other thing that I have gotten together this week was a Ladybug poetry basket! I found a cute little poem online that was perfect. I have always liked the poetry basket idea, but the importance of using poems and song to help with reading readiness didn’t really hit me until I read “A Path for the Exploration of Any Language Leading to Writing and Reading” by Muriel Dwyer. To read about this see my post about reading here.
So it was a good Ladybug week. The part that I thought was a great God moment was that we found a living Ladybug at my mom’s house that must have woken up in the warm house! It was cool to see Bunny holding that little bug and see her thinking about it in relation to what we learned. She looked at it for a bit then she let it go outside in a safe place! 🙂 I was so happy to be able to let her see a real ladybug. Here in Northern Ohio at this time of year, its not an easy task! So now, Bunny has told me that she wants her bedroom to be a Ladybug room! I guess we are going to start decorating!
March 19, 2011 @ 3:29 am
Your actvities are awesome! Nice felt ladybug puzzle. I also wanted to share with you that Nicole on her blog onehookwonder.blogspot.com has a free download of the lifecycle of the ladybug on her sidebar. Thank you for sharing your activities.
March 19, 2011 @ 1:41 pm
Wow! Thanks for the info! I have been looking for some of those cards! :)I’m glad you like our ideas!
March 20, 2011 @ 2:53 am
I’m very impressed Stephanie! You’re projects are always above and beyond, but this one takes on a whole new level. I love every bit of it. You don’t mind if I borrow the idea for my boys too, do you? 🙂
March 20, 2011 @ 5:12 pm
Thanks so much Lori! I love to be creative and right now Bunny is talking about Ladybugs non stop! It has become an obsession! lol So I am just following the child! I hope you can use my ideas! That’s the best part about blogs, getting ideas and sharing them!
June 23, 2011 @ 12:50 pm
Wonderful activities, Stephanie! I featured your post and lovely parts-of-a-ladybug photo at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/06/23/montessori-inspired-insect-unit-for-summer-learning-and-fun/
June 30, 2011 @ 4:05 am
Love your felt ladybug! 🙂
April 24, 2012 @ 11:53 am
I featured your post and ladybug poetry basket photo in my Montessori-inspired poetry activities at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/04/24/montessori-inspired-poetry-activities/