Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Grouchy Ladybug

So, I get bored easily. I confess. I have at least 4 books that I am curretly reading, no less than 5 crafts I am currently working on, and I watch several tv shows while multitasking. It is absolutely amazing I can be married to only one man and be happy with having only two kids. Anyway, my boredom buster this past month has been an addiction to blogs and crafts that go along with them. But I digress.. this post is actually just to be about one activity that I did when I was bored.

My son is learning Eric Carle at school. So, we all got caught by the bug of the wonderful writing, and creativity of Eric Carle's books. My daughter and I especially like the Grouchy Ladybug. If you don't own it, it is worth your money! The story is interesting and you can use it to teach vocabulary (animal names, animal parts), time (clock in every page), sequencing, colors, and science (what ladybugs eat, how that is important for the environment, etc). As a plus you can also use it to discuss friendly behavior, good mood, coping skills when we don't get our way, fighting, etc. The book is a gem!

The Grouchy Ladybug

The problem is that when kids love books they want you to read, read, read, and read some more. So, I have been reading the Grouchy Ladybug like 20 times a day. So, my boredom was sky high. Trying to find a cure, I started to think of ways to make it more interesting. So, I turned to other ways of telling the story and crafts related to it.
In addition, since I have been telling the story in Portuguese I decided to make a version of the book and write the Portuguese translation in the back (instead of translating everything as we read).

I am extremely pleased with the results. I used my computer's clipart for the pictures. When they were done I ended up finding someone that had a similar idea as mine and since it is easier to post that here than trying to post what I did...I am sending the link


1 comment:

  1. OK - AWESOME! I love that you admit to being bored sometimes amd I love how you are sharing shortcuts to making it easier...