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Polka Dots and Ladybugs

lmcshane Posted by lmcshane in Library Enrichment programs on Aug 7, 2013 12:21:06 PM

This week features the theme of dots and ladybugs -

opened with chorus from  It's a Small World and how we all start out very, very small - just a tiny dot.

Every one can draw a dot!

So, the first book we read is The Dot by Peter Reynolds.

Followed by Ladybug by Karen Hartley and Chris Macro - The Heinemann Library non-fiction series is EXCELLENT!

A go-to collection for any programming need. The illustrations are lush and the descriptive text provides great lead-in to
class participation.  We talked about "bugs" as heroes - and Ladybugs vs. Ants in the conquest of aphids. Also,  the"tranformer"
wing design of ladybugs for lift-off.


For display - and one-and-one reading there are several possible follow-up titles.

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons are both appropriate for kids who can sit for a longer time period.


The craft and timing of this story time helps to promote  the Cleveland Metroparks Bug City event - Saturday August 10th at the Garfield Nature Center.  Kids get precut black base and using glue stick - adhere first left wing, the right wing, then spots, and finally, add their eyes and use black marker to complete with their own "DOT."


Follow-up rhymes: Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home, your house is on fire and your children are gone  - - 

Ladybugs all dressed in red/Strolling through the Flowerbed/If I were tiny just like you/I'd creep among the flowers, too! -- 

Five little ladybugs, climbing on some plants/Eating the aphids, but not the ants/The first one said, "Save some aphids for Me!"/The second one said, "They're as tasty as can be!"/The third one said, "Oh, they're almost gone!"/The fourth one said, "Then we'd better move on."/The fifth one said, "Come on, let's fly!"/So they opened up their wings and they flew through the sky.



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