Bugs In My Backyard

** I receive curriculum from Experience Early Learning (formally known as Mother Goose Time) for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 5th year using Experience Early Learning, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Experience Early Learning.

It’s a new month and a new theme! This month we are exploring bugs and crawly things. This theme from Experience Early Learning is so fun! My kids love searching for creepy crawlers in our backyard. One time, I came outside and they had collected 4 caterpillars from our yard. They thought it was funny to let the caterpillars crawl all over their arm.

Some of the bugs we learned about this week were ladybugs and spiders. Ladybugs are interesting. I stated my opinion that I thought ladybugs were kind of ugly, and my 4 year old quickly came to the defense of ladybugs. She explained to me that ladybugs are beautiful because they are colorful, they have spots, and they fly. I loved that she had her own opinion on ladybugs.

We always start each new month by making new nametags. We practice writing the letters in our name. When my girls got done writing their name, we turned our nametag over and put as many dots as our age on the back. This is good practice for the younger students. They need to stop putting dots on their paper when they reach their age number and then they use 1-1 correspondence to count their dots.

We made ladybug headbands. My youngest child had a lot of fun putting the black sticker dots all over the red paper. He loved that he got to decide where to put the stickers. Stickers are great practice for him to use to develop his fine motor skills.

We played a game together. The ladybug has no spots! We helped the ladybug get her spots. We took turns spinning the spinner. The number we landed on was the number of spots we got to put on the ladybug poster. We played until all the spots were put back on the ladybug. When all the spots were on the ladybug poster, we counted them! There were 18.

“Put the Spots on the Ladybug” Game from Experience Early Learning

Learning about spiders probably ended up being my favorite day. We recited the nursery rhyme together, “Little Miss Muffett.” We role played the rhyme. We took turns being Miss Muffett and the spider.

Each month, we learn a new set of letters. This week we are learning the letter “V”. We made ‘v’s out of playdough, then turned them into spiders by adding 8 legs.

I read a new story to my kids and we all loved it so much! I had never heard this story before, but it was included in Experience Early Learning’s box for the month. It’s called: Three Butterflies. I loved the message of friendship and looking out for others and not just for yourself. We used the magnet pieces to retell the story to each other.

We are going to have a lot of fun this month learning about bugs!

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