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Listen to Antshillvania together. If you haven't found it, borrowed it, or bought it, you still can get the MP3 version here or listen to samples of the songs. It is very cute, teaches great moral lessons, & is all about bugs.

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Ladybug Picnic

Ladybug Picnic teaches (or reviews) how to count to twelve.

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If you'd like to do a few printables on bugs, go here. You can print out an insect concentration game with labeled bugs, a page on matching insects that might be fun for your child to color bugs, or do a "match the insect with its silhouette" paper. Or you can print out a catagorizing activity here where you child can sort "insect" or "not an insect". Match numbers, ants, & dots with these cute ant matching cards you can print out. Or do the same thing with the ladybug matching cards here. And if your child would like to color some bug sheets, go here to find some good ones.
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Counting Ants

Get a bag of dried black beans; "ants". Give your child an empty egg carton & label each hole 1 through 12. Have your child place the correct number of "ants" in each hole. A variation takes a little work, but your child may enjoy playing with the little "ladybugs" instead of "ants". Spray paint about 100 dried lima beans red. You'll technically need 78, but while you're bothering, you might as well do some more for when a few get lost. After they dry, use a black marker to make dots on them. Keep your child's "ladybugs" or "ants" in a baggie to play with throughout the week.
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Simple Bug Patterns

Cut some paper squares (1 inch or so) of red, black, yellow, & green to represent ladybugs, ants, bees, & grasshoppers. For fun, you could mark dots on the red & stripes on the yellow. Or you could have your child do this. Use these squares to let your child make patterns or repeat patterns you make. (Ex. - YRGYRGYRG, RRYGB, BRBRBRY, or YGYGB) Get as simple or complex as your child is able with these patterns.
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Make a Pet Bug

Let your child make bugs out of playdough, pipe cleaners, & toothpicks. Show them using some of the books you got out of the library that insects have three body parts. Help your child connect the body parts with toothpicks carefully. (If your child isn't able to handle that, you may want to use pipe cleaner pieces instead.) Use pieces of pipe cleaner to put the six legs & two antennae on each bug as well. If your child wants their bug to have wings, get creative. You could use plastic spoons broken off, or pieces of index cards. Have fun, but make sure each bug has three body parts & six legs coming out of the middle body part. If your child really gets into this, you may want to buy a cheap bug house or box at the dollar store for him or her to store their bugs. Put green construction paper on the bottom for "grass" or just let your child play with their bugs on green construction paper grass.
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Looking Ahead

Collect books from list for next week's Ocean theme.

If you want to go fishing at someone's house next week, you may want to call this week & schedule a day to do that (see first idea under next week's theme: Oceans).

Check to see if you have an empty shoebox. If not, call a local shoe store or friend to see if you could get one to have for next week if you want your child make a diorama.

If you plan to do the shrimp egg experiment next week, stop by the local pet store for some brine shrimp eggs, aerator, & tubing.

If you don't keep fish crackers around, definitely get some of those for next week! And to make "octopi", have hot dogs on hand, too. Of course, if your family does seafood, next week would be a great week to plan a meal or two of their favorites.

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General Goals

  • To recognize that offspring tend to resemble their biological parents and will grow to closely resemble their parents physically.
  • To identify the two sides of a family; mother's side and father's side.
  • To memorize the ten commandments and be able to recite them quickly.
  • To celebrate holidays honoring mother and father.
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  • What Mommies Do Best/ What Daddies Do Best - Laura Numeroff 
  • Animal Babies - Harry McNaught
  • Animal Babies Around the House - Vicky Weber 
  • Animal Babies in Deserts - Sue Nicholson 
  • Animal Babies in Rain Forests - Editors of Kingfisher 
  • Animals Babies in Polar Lands - Editors of Kingfisher 
  • Animal Babies on the Farm - Editors of Kingfisher
  • Animal Babies in Towns & Cities - Editors of Kingfisher
  • Animal Babies in Seas - Editors of Kingfisher 
  • Animal Babies in Grasslands - Editors of Kingfisher 
  • Animal Babies on Mountains - Editors of Kingfisher 
  • Somewhere in the Ocean - Jennifer Ward
  • I Love My Mommy/Daddy Because... - Laura Porter Gaylord 
  • Thank You, God, For Mommy - Amy Parker 
  • Thank You, God, For Daddy - Amy Parker 
  • Mother's Day Sandwich - Jillian Wynot
  • I'm Glad I'm Your Mother - Billy Horlacher 
  • Little Mommy - Sharon Kane 
  • We Help Daddy - Mini Stein and Eloise Wilkin 
  • Just Like Daddy - Frank Asch 
  • Daddies - Janet Frank 
  • Daddy Will Be There - Lois G. Grambling 
  • The Ten Best Things About My Dad - Christine Loomis
  • George Muller: Does Money Grow On Trees? - Catherine MacKenzie
  • Mercer Mayer books: 

     Just Me and My Dad 
     Just Me and My Mom 
     Just Shopping With Mom
     Just Helping My Dad
     Happy Father's Day
     Happy Mother's Day

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Family Portrait

Have your child draw your family in detail. Or you could take several days & have your child make something creative like a row of rocks decorated like each family member (with googly eyes & fuzzy hair, etc.) & glued to a board or something. Be sure & keep this to enjoy in the future after displaying for a while.