Laticed Learning - Life Cycles

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Read All About It

An Egg is Quiet - Although the content of this book is a bit over Gv's head, the illustrations are gorgeous and we enjoyed just spending time looking over all the different types of eggs shown on each page.

Pig's Egg -This was a book that we brought with us camping and although we've read it again and again, none of us are sick of it yet.  I think the critters are just so darn cute in this thing!

The Beautiful Butterfly Book - I can tell this will be a fabulous book for years to come.  It has flaps to lift, dials to turn, fuzzy caterpillars to feel, and more facts about butterflies than you can take in at one sitting.  At this stage, we've mainly enjoyed reading the portions that focus on the life cycle and body parts, but I can see Gv really learning to distinguish between butterfly types from this book in the future.


Science Vocabulary Readers:  Life Cycles - I have several of these vocabulary reader sets from my classroom and think they are great introductions to nonfiction topics.  They're well organized, have lots of photos, give just the right amount of facts, and even work great for reading comprehension and writing lessons.  If I were a zillionaire, I'd definitely have every one of these that's out there!

Fly, Monarch!  Fly!

From Tadpole to Frog

Tadpole and frog

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Sing Some Songs

There were a few great tunes that I stumbled across this week:

My Butterfly from the album I talked about here

The Frog Song from this post

I Know a Chicken from my post on this fun gal

Watch Some Videos

Play and Create

We made a bunch of different life cycles to go along with our favorite books.  We pretty much did one a day and they really provided a fun way to play with what we'd been reading.  Click here to see all the details of what we did, but here's a sneak peek:

We also acted out the butterfly life cycle:

Be as quiet as an egg:

Curl up into a ball

Crawl like a caterpillar:

Fuzzy action shot of crawling on the floor

Be as still as a chrysalis:

Grab your feet (pull them up to your head, if you can) and balance on your bum

Fly like a butterfly:

Another fuzzy action shot of all her wild arm flapping

It was another fun week!

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