Book of the Week GIVEAWAY (TWO books in one):
Life Cycles: Egg to Chicken and Life Cycles: Tadpole to Frog by Camilla de la Bedoryere.
Why we love these books:
We are dedicating this week to life cycles and getting children up close and personal with nature. These “Flip Me Over” books are fabulous! They are full of information and the real life photos bring the life cycles of the chick and frog up close to the children. The detailed photos and concise text will keep even the youngest learners interested, while beginning readers will be able to enjoy these nonfiction books independently. After reading about the chick and frog, the children can compare and contrast the life cycles. Children love nonfiction books and these two books will be thoroughly enjoyed by all!
I am currently reading, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. All I can say is, “Preach it Brother!” Mr. Louv begins Chapter 1:
Unlike television, nature does not steal time; it amplifies it. Nature offers healing for a child living in a destructive family or neighborhood. It serves as a blank slate upon which a child draws and reinterprets the culture’s fantasies. Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses. Given a chance, a child will bring the confusion of the world to the woods, wash it in the creek, turn it over to see what lives on the unseen side of that confusion. Nature can frighten a child too, and this fright serves a purpose. In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate peace.
Over here at waddlee-ah-chaa, we believe so strongly in children experiencing nature and finding that separate peace that we’ve dedicated an entire section to living life “out in the world.” This week our “out in the world” learning takes a seat front and center! Last Child in the Woods is one of the books we wish every parent and teacher would read.
Often children read and do a worksheet on the life cycle of a tadpole growing into a frog. Unfortunately, that’s as close as they get to nature. Oh, how I wish all children could spend a day at Aunt Joyce’s river observing tadpoles growing and changing before their very eyes.
Or what if all children could spend a morning at Aunt Jennifer’s house gently capturing at least 30 tiny frogs. Then they could bring them home to create an observation habitat, finally releasing the baby frogs into their natural garden habitat. I don’t know, for some reason that seems more memorable than a worksheet.
While we’re on the subject of life cycles, how about every child hunting for caterpillars in their yards, housing them in their butterfly “houses,” observing them turn into a chrysalis and then magically emerging from the chrysalis as a beautiful butterfly.
Don’t have any caterpillars crawling around. No worries, you can order some! We received a very important package last week . . .
five hungry caterpillars in their Caterpillar Rearing Kit. These kits make wonderful gifts! MacGyver’s gotten two. He loved them!!!
Even little Miss Enigma, age four, already knows the life cycle of a butterfly. She knows that when the caterpillars climb to the top of their little container and hang upside down, they’re going to shed their skin and leave behind a chrysalis. It was just a few years ago that I first observed this amazing metamorphosis. As an adult, I was totally in awe as I watched this process and finally observed a real live butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. I witnessed a miracle!
In a few weeks, it will be time for the children to experience another annual life cycle miracle. The new baby deer will be born in our neighborhood. Last year, MacGyver spent an entire day observing this fresh little fawn in our yard. He snapped numerous photos and certainly experienced a day of separate peace.
And let’s not forget about the life cycle of plants. I dream of every child being given the opportunity to sprout and nurture a plant grown from a tiny seed. (FREE Printable)
Oscar and the Frog: A Book About Growing by Geoff Waring is another great introduction book to life cycles. It includes plants, a variety of animals, birds and insects.
We’ll be back tomorrow with a FREE printable life cycles book.
So an update on the printable life cycles book. Currently my computer and I are in a feud!!! I won’t go into the details but my computer has been misbehaving and has been sent away to an expert, not once but twice, for a little attitude adjustment. It looks like a third trip is in order (or I might just get a sledgehammer). When my computer and I are friends again, waddlee-ah-chaa will be back with a lovely printable! Until then take a look around. Who knows what you’ll find.
Life with Jeannine
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Life Cycles: Egg to Chicken and Life Cycles: Tadpole to Frog by Camilla de la Bedoryere.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
So what do you think, are today’s children suffering from what Richard Louv calls a “Nature-Deficit Disorder”?
Or let me know, are you suffering from sleep deprivation today?. I am! So I apologize if any of this doesn’t make sense!!! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, May 12, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, May 13, 2011. Check back it might be you!