For Christmas, Little Guy received a few sets of replicas for the life cycles of insects. I prepared cards for them to explore the different stages.
I had two insects ready at a time to let them explore, and compare. Here is Big Sister working on the stag beetle life cycle.
Little Guy and I worked on the ant's life cycle.
Both kids got Dover insect stickers. They have been working on a small insect book.
This is a random picture of them being busy. Big Sister was writing in her journal. Little Guy was reading to himself.
Big Sister wrote about her wiggly tooth. In the picture, I was the sad lady telling her that my little girl is growing much too fast.
For Math, Little guy counted insects, and used geometric shapes.
Here are two more life cycle sets from another day. First, Little Guy was arranging the mosquito stages. Next, Big Sister was using the bee's life cycle. I placed two 1000 cubes to explained how many eggs a queen bee can have at a time.
Both kids were reading non-fiction books about the insects.
Happy New Year!
During the break, we watched ant-man. I actually liked it very much. I loved how Little Guy was able to recognized the bullet, red fire, carpenter, and army ants from our trip to Costa Rica. If you want to learn about the ants in the film go to Entomologist's Scientific review of "Ant-Man"
Little Guy wrote about the movie in his journal.
Big Sister wanted to write about our family superstitious ritual for the New Year celebration. We ran around the house, this year all of us, to symbolize our desire to travel together.
Here are two more life cycle sets: moth and butterfly.
The kids decided to trade materials.
We pulled out our Venn diagram and, after reading a few books about moths and butterflies, the kids came up with the differences, and similarities.
Finally, they wrote the facts that interested them the most on their insect learning folder.