Bug Hunting and mobile learning

Just as I did with Maisy at 2, I'm now starting to teach Maren her letters.  One letter a day.  We are currently on G.

It's re-inspired me to do a bit more home teaching with the girls, so today we went bug hunting.  I know totally not G related, I can only be so organized!  So I gathered our tools which included 2 magnifying glasses, a bug keeper, 2 ant anatomy coloring sheets and colors.  We took a long walk on the way to drop Maisy off at school and did this fun bug activity on the way.  It really helped to fill up the morning.  I'm still trying to find my balance of what do to each day since Maisy's school hours have moved to pm.

 

Bug Hunting and mobile learning

We started out digging and looking under leaves, in damp places and under rocks after our walk to the park.  Unfortunately we only found tiny little ants.  We should have stayed home, we have tons of critters in our garden, but I was looking for an adventure and well, I suppose when you adventure, you don't always know what you'll find.  We found ants. 

Bug Hunting and mobile learning

Maisy looking at her captured ant.

Bug Hunting and mobile learning

After trying to find more bugs, but finding none, we moved on to coloring our ant worksheet printed from the California Academy of Sciences.

Bug Hunting and mobile learning

The basic lesson was to learn about a bug's habitat (outside in nature), where we may be likely to find bugs (apparently not at this park, but usually under rocks, in shade, under ground etc.), what bugs are good for (helping to break down waste, making more dirt and sometimes helping more flowers to grow) and the main components of the body (head, thorax- where the legs join the body, and the abdomen).

Bug Hunting and mobile learning

Then they played a bit.  

Bug Hunting and mobile learning

Then they colored a bit.

Bug Hunting and mobile learning

Then played a bit.

Bug Hunting and mobile learning

The wagon worked out perfectly as a mobile little learning station giving the kids a flat surface to do their work on while also being functional and allowing me to take Maisy to school over a mile away in style.  Almost every person we passed immediately grinned upon seeing the girls being pulled down the street in a cute red wagon.

Bug Hunting and mobile learning

One older gentleman commented, "Aren't you glad you are home to be able to do this?"  I answered with a smile, "Yes, I am glad."

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