Monday, May 8, 2017

Self-Guided Learning and Ladybugs

There is such beauty in self-guided learning! 

As I've been packing us up to move (most of the time not knowing exactly where or when we were moving!) I've given the kids time for self-guided learning. I feel so fortunate that this Mother Goose Time theme really allows for this. The Bugs and Crawly things theme is just begging for kids to get into their backyard and search for Rolly Pollies. 

They made a "bug museum" and labeled their specimens. Isn't it adorable?


They caught Rolly Pollies (Pill Bugs) and worms and a few other Crawly Things that I don't know the names for. 


They were intent on knowing the life cycle of Rolly Pollies so we watched a few YouTube videos and discussed them. We now know the difference between male, female, and pregnant Rolly Pollies and even watched a few of their birth videos. Eek.

We opened up their Storybook that comes with this month's theme and looked at the pages which label the bugs. (I wish I had taken a picture of those pages for you!)


We don't always start the unit with Day 1 but we decided to this time because Strong B has had quite a few ladybugs land on him recently. I've read that this is a sign of hope. I love this. 


This day contained an adorable game in which you spin the spinner and place the spots on the ladybug according to the number you spun. 


Strong B did really well at this game and it was quite the confidence booster for him. I love it when curriculum educates and boosts confidence. 

We then did the Invitation to Create which was a ladybug headband. This headband has actually continued to be worn around the house and backyard for the last ten days. 


One must wear their ladybug headband when ladybug hunting. 


My heart melts to be such an integral part of their everyday and to watch them facilitate their own learning. 


*I  receive Mother Goose Time curriculum in exchange for my honest sharing of experiences, resulting from our personal use. All opinions/thoughts are my own and are in no way influenced by others.


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