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I is for Insects

I is for Insects

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Published by Alison Steadman

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Published by: Alison Steadman on Aug 27, 2012
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My Mommy School Philosophy
Mommy School is all about constructive fun with developmentallyappropriate learning!
My philosophy is that toddlers learn through experiences. I believe that toddlerslearn by seeing and doing, so Mommy School is intended to be action-based. Ibelieve that most 2- and 3-year-olds are not yet ready for pencil/paper activities simply because they don’t learn this way! My hope is to provide youwith a few tools to help guide your toddler’s learning.For me, the most exciting part about teaching my toddler is seeing the worldthrough his eyes. He is starting to understand the world for the very first time!Because this is the first time that our toddlers are exposed to many concepts,please don’t expect your toddler to catch on immediately. It can be difficultat times to gage your own success because toddlers can’t alwayscommunicate exactly what they are learning. You will see their progress later on as they continue to build connections to the world around them!I compile a variety of activities in my Mommy School units, but I don’t expect todo them all. Allow your child to experience letters, numbers, colors, shapes,and other thematic elements in their own unique way. You will quickly see thatyour child thrives with some learning methods and not others. Pick and chooseactivities that work best for you and your child.I am trained as an Early Childhood Educator, and I taught First Grade for 4years. However, I am building my Mommy School units from a mother’sperspective. I am a Mom first, and a Teacher second.Remember that I have searched the web high and low seeking the very besttoddler activities. I am not the genius behind all of them—I simply gather themall in one place. Be sure to look at the credits section for more great ideas!Most of all have fun! Children will see your attitude, and will respond similarly.Enjoy discovering the world with your child.
Good luck!
Mommy School Unit
Letter: IColor: Black Number: 10Song: I’m Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee
Collect Bugs!Use magnifying glasses to observe bugs, hunt for anthills, etc. While youare hunting bugs, you can sing this song:
 A-hunting we will go A-hunting we will goWe’ll catch a ________ (insert any insect’s name here) And put it in a box. And then we’ll let it go!
Catch bugs to observe in your own bug jar. Add sticks and leaves to thebugs’ home. Decorate your jar! Cut green foam grass and glue alongthe bottom of the jar. Add foam bugs to the jar’s lid.See if you can figure out what kind of bugs you have found. Make a listof the buys you find throughout the unit. Make a bug “word wall” withthe bugs’ names.Flight of the BumblebeePass around a beanbag (the “bee”) like a hot potato around the circlewhile the music is played. Play the song “Flight of the Bumblebee” whiledoing this. Stop the music. Whoever is holding the beanbag gets “stung”by the bee and moves to the center of the circle.Ugly Bug ContestCollect bugs throughout the week. Invite friends and family toparticipate. At the end of the week, decide who found the ugliest bug!

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