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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Montessori-Inspired Ant Life Cycle 3-Part Cards

Montessori-Inspired Ant Life Cycle 3-Part Cards // In Our Pond // Great for homeschooling or classroom work, these free printable cards encourage scientific exploration, memorization of the life cycle, and comparisons between insects.

Summertime is a great time to learn about ants.  Whether they're crawling on your food at a picnic or in your kitchen, your kids will probably have lots of questions about them.  Grab an ant farm, a couple great books about ants, and a Safari Ltd or Insect Lore life cycle set and start answering their questions!


Our family loves the life cycle sets from Safari Ltd or Insect Lore.  They're so awesome for learning about insects and other animals.  I made these Montessori-inspired 3-part cards that match the toys, which are a great expansion for sensory bins or as part of an ant learning theme.


Montessori-Inspired Ant Life Cycle 3-Part Cards // In Our Pond // Great for homeschooling or classroom work, these free printable cards encourage scientific exploration, memorization of the life cycle, and comparisons between insects.
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Print two copies to use in the traditional Montessori way, leaving one set of cards whole and cutting the other set of cards a part.  The 3-parts of the matching cards are the whole card (picture and label), the picture card, and the label card.  Students can match the three parts to each other when they are first learning or can match the picture to the label, using the whole card as a control to check their work.


Cards can also be used to practice spelling, encouraging students to label the pictures with handwritten labels, moveable alphabet tiles, or salt tray writing.  The students could also use the cards as a resource for writing their own short story or non-fiction report about ants.  What other ways do you use them for learning?  Comment below!


My children enjoy bringing out all our life cycle sets and comparing the different stages.  The Safari Ltd and Insect Lore sets are so detailed that it's easy to see each insect's body parts.  With all the adult insects in front of your child, ask them to point to the thorax of each insect or to count the legs.  Point out the unique features, like the stinger on the bee, the colors of the butterfly, and the needle nose of the mosquito.  Grab some good books, look up some videos on Youtube, and just keep the learning going!


Check out all my Montessori-inspired 3-part cards by clicking on the picture below and scroll down to see all the available life cycle sets.







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Montessori-Inspired Ant Life Cycle 3-Part Cards // In Our Pond // Great for homeschooling or classroom work, these free printable cards encourage scientific exploration, memorization of the life cycle, and comparisons between insects.




























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