We have all been thrown into self isolation and home school this week.
Yesterday, Ladybirds were the focus for my 3 kids.
My 3 year old Harry found a ladybird on his slide in the garden. So when we went for our little walk to the field next door I grabbed my bag of ladybird painted stones and a sheet about the life-cycle of the ladybird. My 9 year old looked at the chart and worked out that in March the ladybirds are coming out of hibernation and are feeding, how lovely.
The painted stones have numbers on so we did some counting and simple sums with my 5 year old. Then the kids hid the stones for each other to hunt for which they loved! We did lose the number 5 stone in the end, but the children found another stone they want to paint tomorrow!
This is the kind of home learning I find my children are happiest with. A simple set of resources which they can all engage with and use in the outdoors.
Perhaps it will help them appreciate ladybirds and be excited to look for the little things in nature. Scroll down to see some great links to continue the learning back home, including an awesome video you must show the kids so they understand how awesome a ladybird really is!
Good luck with your home ed and self isolation. However it works for your family.
Continue the learning back home and check out these links and this awesome video from 'The Kids Should See This.com'!
General stuff about Ladybirds: BBC Breathing Places - Ladybirds
Ladybird life cycle diagram so the kids can work out what a ladybird is doing each month: Life cycle diagram.