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"The study of entomology is one of the most fascinating of pursuits. It takes its votaries into the treasure-houses of
Nature, and explains some of the wonderful series of links which form the great chain of creation. It lays open before
us another world, of which we have been hitherto unconscious, and shows us that the tiniest insect, so small perhaps
that the unaided eye can scarcely see it, has its work to do in the world, and does it."  ~REV. J. G. WOOD.

More than half the of animals on earth are insects. Scientists have different opinions about just how many different types of
insects exist, but most agree that there are more than a million species. There are many different types of insects, and they
can be found just about anywhere. Some insects are helpful to humans because they attack and eat other insects that
destroy crops. Some insects are parasites of insect pests. Among the harmful species are those that eat our crops, stored
products, and clothing. Some can bite or sting and spread diseases, such as malaria, yellow fever, and plague. Most insect
species are fairly harmless.

Because most insects are so small, few people know how common they really are. Keep your eyes open the next time you
are in the woods, a field, or even your own yard. See how many different kinds of insects you can find. You can recognize an
insect by its six legs, three body parts (head, thorax, abdomen), and two antennae. Most insects have four wings, but
sometimes they are modified wings. Some insects have only two wings, while others have no wings.

In the search for a study which will give unlimited scope for independent thought and observation and which will lead the
child to understand better the forces of nature that affect agriculture, nothing is so readily available and attractive to the child
as nature study, an elementary study of the natural sciences. In fact agriculture is primarily a course in nature study where
we study how plants and
animals struggle for existence.

There is a period in the life of every child when he is especially susceptible to the "call of the fields;" when he roams through
woods or by shady brooks gathering flowers, fishing for mud-cats and cleaning out
bumble-bees' nests. It is often
compared with the life of the savage and is merely the outward expression of an inward craving for a closer relation with
nature and her creatures. If one can reach a child while at that age he has a ready listener and an apt learner. That is the
time to guide and instruct the child along the line of nature study.

The most important questions confronting the average educator/parent in the grade schools are: "What material shall I use
and how shall I proceed to direct the child along this line?" First of all use that material which is most readily available,
which is most familiar to the child and which will attract and hold his or her attention. There is nothing so readily available
and so generally interesting to both boys and girls as are the thousands of fluttering, buzzing, hopping and creeping forms
of insects. They are present everywhere, in all seasons and are known to every child of the city or farm. They are easily
observed in the field and can be kept in confinement for study. Many of them are of the greatest importance to man; a study
of them becomes of special value.

In pursuing a study of nature and her creatures one should go into the woods and fields as much as possible and study
them where they are found. In this way one can determine how they live together, what they feed on and the various other
questions which the inquisitive mind of a healthy child will ask. When field work is not possible, gather the insects and keep
them alive in jars where they can be fed and observed.

Most of the forms which are included in these pages can be kept in confinement in glass jars or studies out doors. The
studies have been made so general that in case the particular form mentioned is not available any closely related form can
be used. Each child should make a small collection of living insects for study and should be encouraged to observe insects
and their work in the field. The collections and many of the observations could be made to good advantage during the
summer vacation when the insects are most abundant and active.

Learners should not be encouraged merely to make observations, but they should be required to record them as well. Brief
descriptions of the appearance and development of insects, the injury they do, and remedies for the same, will help fix in
mind facts which otherwise might soon be forgotten. Drawings, whenever possible, should also be required. The learner
who can record observations accurately with drawings will not soon forget them. The educator/parent should therefore
require each learner to provide himself with a note-book for keeping brief, but accurate notes and careful drawings. The
drawings should be made with a hard pencil on unruled paper, the size of the note-book, and the learners should be
encouraged to be neat and accurate.

"There is a difference between a grub and a butterfly; yet your butterfly was a grub."

What are Insects?
Their Methods of Developing

Fun Insect Printables for Very Little People

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Dominoes - print onto cardstock

Insect Puzzle - Print onto Cardstock

Bug Printables for Little People

Insect Flashcards - Print onto Cardstock

Mini Insect Workbook for Little Folks

Insect Body Parts Interactive Crossword
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285 Pages - $3.95 -> My First Book of Bugs is geared towards younger learners of
around ages 4 or 5, to about 8 years old. This simply written but concise book contains
teaching guides, lesson plans, interactive student activities, vocabulary and phonics
exercises, counting & maths extensions, drawing, cutting & pasting, colouring,
crossword puzzles, wordsearches, fun mazes, with activities also geared towards
reference and research.

This book provides a fun and solid platform on which your child can build his or her
knowledge of these fascinating and many faceted creatures, while learning about the
importance of conservation, the food web and circle of life. Extensions include Science
& Nature Study, Bug Maths, Motor Skills, Comprehension Exercises, Vocabulary and
Bug Games, Life Skills (with the oh-so-cute bug-themed Cooking With Kids section),
crafts and activities, finger plays and action songs, colouring, drawing, dictionary work...

The unit is complemented by a
72 Page Thematic Unit (separate download), which
includes flash cards, board and card games, writing exercises, word wall cards and
other bug themed activities which will enhance your home study of this subject.