This week, we started our new Mother Goose Time theme, Bugs and Crawly Things. Today we learned about Ladybugs. We started the day off by talking about spots. Some ladybugs have spots. We wrote our names on our name tags and put 4 or 5 spots on the back of the name tag, depending on our age.
The students practice writing their name several times a month. A few of the students have started writing their last name as well!
They had so much fun putting dots on the back of their name tags. During free play, a handful of them asked if they could get paper and put dots on paper.
We learned that ladybugs eat aphids, and other plant pests. We made our own ladybug headbands, then went outside to look for ladybugs.
It was fun hearing stories from the kids about times they have seen and played with ladybugs. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any outside.
We played a math ladybug game. The kids spun the spinner, identified the number, and put that many spots on the ladybug. This game was easy for most of the students so I modified it to meet their individual learning needs. I had them spin the spinner and put that many dots on the ladybug. Then, they spun it again and put that many dots on the other side of the ladybug. We added the numbers together. And I taught them how to count on. First, we start with the bigger number and put that number in our head. Then, we count on. “5… 6…7…8…” I also had them compare the numbers. They told me which number was bigger and which one was smaller.
Ladybugs are interesting bugs. I learned that they are helpful to plants because they eat the bugs that harm plants. I am excited to learn about other bugs and crawly things that might be living in my backyard.
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