Homeschool Entomology: Lucky Ladybugs
Entomology, the study of insects, is a fascinating topic for a homeschool unit study. Whether you explore a wide overview of insects in general or focus on a few favorite or familiar insects, you’ll find plenty of resources for creating a fun homeschool entomology unit study. Check out this Homeschool Living for some great ideas for building a ladybug study and incorporating it into your homeschool.
This blog post from Growing with Science is a great source of information on a ladybug’s life cycle, anatomy, identification, and much more. You can also check out their archive of “Bug of the Week” blog posts for a plethora of information on other insects, beetles, and more.
Did you know that people buy ladybugs in bulk to control pest insects in their greenhouses and gardens? You can learn more about ladybug hibernation, how ladybugs got their name, and even learn about the ladybugs who traveled to outer space in this gardening blog post from DenGarden.
Why are ladybugs considered lucky? Historically, ladybugs have been considered good luck, and their lucky reputation spans cultures worldwide. How did this come to be? You can read how ladybugs’ usefulness in agriculture may have generated such good will around the globe.
This ladybug Bible lesson reinforces the importance of friendship and helping each other, and includes a variety of hands-on activities perfect for preschool and elementary- aged students.
This ladybug apple snack is a fun way to finish out a ladybug study. It’s a great way to develop motor skills for younger children, and you can even reinforce the anatomy of a ladybug as you create your own ladybug with apples, raisins, nut butter, and pretzel sticks.