Life Cycles Theme Study: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

April 9, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Why we love this book:

Spring has sprung and new life is blossoming all around us! This book takes a fabulously simple look at life cycles. Laura Vaccaro Seeger tackles the question: Which came first the chicken or the egg? First comes the egg, then the chicken. First the tadpole, then the frog, first the seed . . .

. . . then the flower. To say we love the illustrations is an understatement. As we always say, “Sometimes less is more!” The paintings are gorgeous with bold colors, while the unpretentious peek-a-boo pages draw the children into the transformations. I was seriously ready to start painting myself after reading this book to the children. This is definitely one to add to a study on life cycles.

I also like the repetitive language development of the vocabulary first and then. The story adds in the concepts of, “First the word then the story. . . . First the paint then the picture.” What an excellent starting point for a brainstorming session.

Life Cycles Theme Study

Life Cycle of a Frog Pond Collage and The Writing Process

Life Cycle of a Frog Pond Collage (Preschool Adaptation Included)

Creating a Frog Habitat with Children

Life Cycles of a Butterfly

The Butterfly Garden: FREE printable book

Caterpillar Rearing Kit & Resources

Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Pen & Ink Water Color Illustrations

FREE printable book: I See a Nest

FREE printable following directions: How to Plant and Grow Seeds

FREE printable following directions: How to Draw a Plant Diagram

Square Foot Gardening with Children

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Join in on the brainstorm and fill in the blanks: First the __________ and Then the __________.  Think outside of the box! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, April 12, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, April 13, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

Sharing this week at:

ABC and 123 Learning

Hip Homeschool Moms

Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns



{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H April 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

Just yesterday my 5 year had found a caterpillar that was dead. A few minutes later he saw a butterfly flying around him. He said, “Mommy, maybe that’s the caterpillar that was just playing dead and now it turned into this butterfly!” :)
I love the things that kids think!

Natalie April 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

First the blogging, then the blogging friends :)

Ellie April 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

First the rain and then the rainbow!

Angela W. April 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

In my case… first the attempt at baking and then the smoke! :(

Gidget April 12, 2012 at 6:20 am

I wish I could think outside the box, but sadly, the doors and windows are locked fast. :) Soooo, First the work, then the play

Windy April 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

First the pain and then the joy..
Childbirth, toddler years, homeschool… many other pains and then joys.

Stasia April 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

In the words of my 5 year old. First the dough and then the cookies!

Jeannine April 13, 2012 at 6:23 am

This was fun! You guys are creative!

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