Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ladybug Checklist

We spotted our first ladybug of the season, in our yard, this week - a convergent ladybug, to be precise.

And, we do want to be precise, because this year we're making a ladybug checklist, to hang on the fridge.

Last fall, I presented the older children with pictures of all the different ladybugs we'd seen through the summer, and challenged the children to identify them.  The challenge went unanswered, as fall took off, and interests led us in different directions of study.

Now though, with the ladybugs returning (at least I hope this first one means more are about to follow), and right in front of us again, I thought I'd take a new approach.  I found a nice ladybug notepaper image to print and hang on the fridge.

So, as we spot, and photograph different types of ladybugs throughout the spring and summer, we can identify, and add them to our list, right away.

Not sure how to tell a convergent ladybug from say a nine spotted ladybug?  Come back tomorrow, and we'll share some tips Almost Unschool style - and, in case your wondering, that means we're making cookies.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Eddie said...

We love ladybugs around here! I can't wait to see what else you end up doing!

Phyllis said...

LOL...of course, cookies!

Ticia said...

I know the answer of what you're going to do :)

What a great idea to keep track of all the different ones you see!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

I didn't know there are different kinds of ladybugs - I am learning so much from your blog!

Deborah @ Teach Preschool said...

Great Idea using the fridge, that's the one place everyone will visit at some point during the day! I'm excited to see what else in store!