This week we are focusing on insects and arachnids in our homeschool classroom. It has been a fairly dull week, full of the usual activities: reading books about insects and arachnids, looking at dead (preserved) insects and arachnids with a magnifying glass, discussing the anatomy, life cycle, diet, habitat and such of insects and arachnids. It is all fun and fascinating but it has all been blogged about before by so many other people so I won’t bore you with the details.
Here is one thing we did that hopefully you haven’t seen before (because I came up with it myself, lol!).
Insect name matching and rescuing insects from the sticky spider’s web.
It is pretty simple, I just made a spider web out of tape inside of a hula hoop. Then I stuck the smallest piece of our insect nomenclature cards to the web. Next to the web is a box with the largest pieces from our insect nomenclature card set.
LittleMan pulled a large card from the box, found and rescued the corresponding insect name from the web, told me what he knew about that insect, lined up the card pieces on the ground, then moved on to the next card in the box, repeating until all the cards had been done.
I was pleasantly pleased to find out how much he had to say about each insect as he pulled them from the web. Apparently all those library books we read together sunk in!
Our 3-part insect cards were purchased on sale from Montessori Helper for 10c, unfortunately that sale has now ended and the regular price is $4. Montessori Helper has many “dime sales” which you can be notified about if you sign up for their newsletter. That said, if you sign up for their newsletter you will receive an ungodly amount of junk mail from them. It is one of those take the good with the bad situations.
Nomenclature cards (or 3-part cards) are fantastic learning tools which my son absolutely loves. We use them both in the traditional Montessori way, as well as in fun extra activities like the one I talked about above. If you hunt for them, you can find a lot of nomenclature cards on various subjects for free online, also it is not very hard to make your own if you prefer to go that route.