Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The Grouchy Ladybug

During the International Days the Preschoolers took flight into Eric Carle’s  The Grouchy Ladybug and learned about various animals, and the concept of manners and time

In the beginning of and over the course of the story the grouchy ladybug didn’t say ‘please’ and     ‘thank you, wouldn’t share, and generally perceived itself as better, more important, and bigger than others. 

By the end of the story, however, the ladybug returned to the same leaf upon which it had sat that very morning (at that time it had been very grumpy and impolite) and, this time, demonstrated newly learned polite manners, respect, and acknowledged its fellow ladybug as an equal.

During our International Days’ rotations all children participated in four activities which included:

  • listening to and discussing themes from Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug,
  • collaboratively creating a preschool clock of all of the animals the grouchy ladybug had met on the way including the: friendly ladybug, yellow jacket, stag beetle, praying mantis,sparrow, lobster, skunk, boa constrictor, hyena, gorilla,rhinoceros, elephant, and whale,
  • participating in song and movement and creatively engaging in better understanding what it was the grouchy ladybug did and how it changed its behavior over time, and
  • making a ladybug as a souvenir to reflect upon the important lessons learned by the grouchy ladybug. Children also enjoyed counting the antennae, legs, and many dots on each of our ladybugs! This also demonstrated that each one of our ladybugs is unique, just as we are each unique individuals!

Wishing you all a restful and enjoyable break and see you all back at school again on Tuesday May 6th, 2014!

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