I’ve been keen to create a lapbook of sorts to keep together the children’s learning activities for the various areas we look at and today we made our first one.
The weather has been mixed and both the children a little grumbly so we had an ‘at home day’ today and have been busy continuing our learning about the butterfly life cycle, following the success of the butterfly life cycle tuff spot. Today we have been working on various activities to create a butterfly life cycle lapbook and embed the learning from the weekend.
We used resources from twinkl for this – we used the following:
- Roll, Say, Colour – the life cycle of a butterfly
- Colouring sheet (caterpillar and butterfly ones only)
- Butterfly life cycle interactive aid
- Caterpillar counting sheet
We made a little learning folder from a piece of A3 card and I showed the children the various activities I had printed out for them. We did the roll, say, colour one first at their request and they had great fun trying to get the right numbers and then colouring in the right stage of the life cycle. I was surprised how long this kept their attention for as often Mr D gets easily bored when colouring in and Miss E at just over two years old, isn’t keen on waiting her turn!
After that we did some counting and pen control practice – Mr D is getting so good at pen control now, it’s really noticeable and seems to have almost come from nowhere – I guess testament to just letting children have access to materials and let them develop the skills in their own time. Miss E is noticeably neater at colouring in than Mr D is – I’m really impressed with the colouring on this caterpillar she did today.
We then moved onto a few other activities, mostly cutting and sticking. I did the cutting as neither of the children are particularly good at scissor skills at the moment so they asked me to do it. They identified the right order for the images and then glued them into place.
We had a lot of chatting about the butterfly life cycle and watched a fab video I found on YouTube. One of the things I most cherish about being at home with the children, and one of the things that motivates me to consider Home Education longer term is the sheer look of awe and wonder when they saw the things we have been reading about come to life in front of them. This is the video here. It really is superb and the children watched it three or four times – completely riveted by the transformation from tiny egg to beautiful butterfly.
After we had finished our activities we stuck all the bits and pieces into the folder and the children are thrilled to have their own folder each – I’m sure they’ll take great delight in showing their dad tomorrow when he returns from a night away.
We also had a look through our books at pictures of caterpillars and butterfly’s and talked about the different species etc. It’s hard sometimes to know what level to pitch their learning at but they were both taking it all in, so seems I got it right. We will be adding to our lapbooks as and when we do some more activities and crafts for the butterfly life cycle.
Next on our list to explore is the frog lifecycle, at Mr D’s request. I am hoping that the book I requested from the library is soon available and the bits I’ve ordered for our tuff spot will arrive by weekend. I can’t wait to look at this one with them too.