This week we are learning about the lady bug. My daughter loves lady bug so much! I have the perception that if a child was born during spring season, it’s natural for her to love those living things and natural creations we see during this beautiful season of the year. One day we’re walking along our local shop and she spotted a lady bug wings. To my surprise, she tries to pull me and ask me to hurry up toward the bottom isle. I realized she found a lady bug costume! At first she don’t have the idea that it is a dress up wing to put on. So I put it on her back and guide her to the mirror to show how it looks like to be a little girl with a lady bug wing. The result is priceless! She was mesmerized by it. She’s been looking at the mirror repeatedly then turning around and again stop to glance to see the little lady bug girl in front of the mirror. It is indeed a perfect time to study and explore about bugs most specially when the garden plants blooms beautifully!
Because she’s fascinated with the lady bug, I gather my learning materials for the month of May focusing on the things we usually see during spring time. We will start to learn about the lady bug. This is good for preschoolers and kindergarten ages 3 to 6 years.
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Ladybug: Scientific name “coccinellidae” is a widespread family of small beetles ranging from 0.8 to 18mm. There are about 5000 different species of lady bug around the world. Ladybug are also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles. Ladybug appear as half-spheres tiny, spotted, round or oval-shape domes. They have short legs and antennae.
Points Of Interest
- The different parts of the ladybug looks different.
- Different colors of lady bug.
- Development of an appreciation for ladybug.
- Development of the powers of observation.
- The names of the parts of the ladybug.
Control Of Error
- The interlocking of the puzzle pieces.
LadyBug Unit And Activities For Preschool
Invite the child to sit with you with the material on the rug. Say “I would like to talk about the parts of the lady bug today.” Place the lady bug sheet in front of the child. Name each parts of the ladybug slowly and clear. I then show the wooden ladybug puzzle to a child with the parts that similar to the sheet I presented like the head, legs and wing. Allow the child to remove the parts of the puzzle and replace them. Encourage the child to repeat removing the pieces of the puzzle with the addition of naming the parts of the ladybug.
Language and Sensorial– I took the lower case /l/ from my sandpaper letter box and stroke gently from top to bottom using my two index fingers. Make sure the child watch carefully your fingers from top to bottom while saying the /l/ sound.
Note: When I present to a child, I don’t use too much words. Try to use short, simple or very few words.
Books and Related References:
This are the books we read for our Ladybug unit study. I also link here other helpful resources that may help your child explore more about Ladybug!
- Five Little Ladybugs
- The Ladybug
- Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
- The Grouchy Ladybug
- The Ladybug and Other Insects
“The development of articulate language takes place in the period between the age of two and the age of seven: the age of perception in which the attention of the child is spontaneously turned towards external objects and the memory is particularly tenacious.” (p.315 TMM)