Monday, May 25, 2009

Bugs to Read, Bugs to Eat

Over the past week, Aidyn and I have read several "bug books" such as Bugs, Bugs, Bugs by Bob Barner, Ten Little Sleepyheads by Elizabeth Provost, and The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. Most of these insects were bugs that Aidyn was already familiar with except for the hilarious roly-poly. Due to his interest in the new bug, we may have to conduct a roly-poly hunt. Also, we took in some books related to gardening such as Zinnia's Flower Garden by Monica Wellington (excellent book!) and finally And the Good Brown Earth by Kathy Henderson.

We have been playing with these toy bugs I bought at the dollar store that "race" down the wall, and Aidyn helped me decorate our theme wall. He applied stickers of garden flowers, ladybugs, bees, worms, and caterpillars. Most of this was review for him, but I think it's worthwhile to spend time specifically on this project.

Yesterday, Aidyn and I enjoyed a bit of a treat. With the help of chocolate pudding, vanilla sandwich cookies and gummi worms, I made "worms in dirt," and Aidyn had a blast eating it and proclaiming, "I'm eating mud!" It may have not been the most nutritionally healthy thing in the world; nevertheless, I believe it forged an emotional attachment to our study in a fun, imaginative, and experimental way.

We also made an attempt to visit a local Japanese garden, but found it closed for a wedding. Instead, we visited the neighboring zoo and let Aidyn run around and inspect the wildlife. Indeed, at many points, he completely ignored the animals and asked about the greenery growing around the cages. We even spotted some strawberries struggling to grow in the late-May sunshine. So our unit somehow leaked itself in fittingly.

This week I plan to take him to some local department stores' garden sections until I can find another public garden in the area.

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