Here is how I decided my "theme" for this round of Blogging Through the Alphabet. As I was going through old blog posts recently, I noticed I have some neat ideas for activities and crafts that I did with in the past. Unfortunately, I always included them in my weekly wrap up posts or more recently in Poppins Book Nook posts, so they sort of got buried. I can't really share them as individual activities or create pinnable images to promote them and share my ideas, which is why I started this blog in the first place (to share my ideas with others who work with children). So, I am going to make new posts for these ideas.
I have found there is a huge benefit in this strategy. I am remembering ideas that I had forgotten, which means I can now do these activities with the younger children. I will be sharing the old pictures and possibly sharing new pictures of the younger children participating.
I can't believe it has been 6 years since the older girls and I made these Ladybug Lapbooks while we were going through the alphabet. Tabitha wasn't even 3 years old yet and Amelia was 1 1/2. Hannah wasn't even born.
L is for. . . Ladybug Lapbook
We made thumb print ladybugs on the cover. Our Itsy Bitsy letter L book was found at kidzone.ws. The Parts of a Ladybug matchbook was found at Homeschool Share.
I loved the idea of doing a life-cycle wheel for the ladybug. I decided to look for a life-cycle picture. I found one I liked at everything-ladybug.com. I printed it out and used a bowl to cut out around it. Then I cut the same size circle out of red construction paper and cut out the wedge window. The girls glued on dots and the head and drew a line down the middle. Tabitha loved turning the wheel and learning about the different stages. She was quite intrigued by the pupa stage and she loved to tell us that the ladybug comes out yellow (something new mommy learned). She would spin the ladybug telling us all about the mommy and daddy ladybug coming together and the mommy laying eggs, then the baby comes out.
I also printed out a human life-cycle picture and we glued pictures of our family in the correct stage. As I was pregnant with Hannah, we got to put a picture of the baby near the fetus stage. Then I used the girls' own baby pictures and recent picture. I used big brother and sister for adolescents and mommy and daddy for adults. And of course grandma for old age (she might not find that amusing, but she is the closest we have).
And last but not least after counting ladybugs in the Ten Little Ladybugs book by Melanie Gerth, I decided it would be fun to do something with counting ladybugs in the lapbook. I printed out some ladybugs from Homeschool Share, though I couldn't understand what the instructions said to do with them. I decided to cut out blades of grass and do some one to one counting as we have done in the past. I put the number on the top of the grass blade and then the corresponding quantity of ladybugs was glued on. Unfortunately I couldn't find my white glue and had to use glue sticks. I like the liquid glue for these activities so they can clearly see the amount of glue dots that correspond to the number.