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Vocabulary Building - Toddler Anatomy Work

Anatomy of a Butterfly at How we Montessori

Once your child knows the names of many animals, many foods, many objects, how about introducing anatomy or "parts of" work? My toddler has loved learning new words like "thorax", "antenna", "abdomen", "mandibles" and "proboscis"!! This is excellent work for the child in the sensitive period for language.

We do this work together. These cards are not designed for toddlers, I use them as prompts and my toddler also points to them while naming the parts. The models are really important to this work.

Anatomy of a Butterfly at How we Montessori

Insects are fascinating to young toddlers. Model insects are useful as they allow the child to closely study and observe the animal's physical form, often real insects are too small or too fast for the toddler to accurately observe them.

We use the Learning Resources Jumbo Insects. Our anatomy cards are all from Etsy including:

Bee Anatomy

Ladybug Anatomy

Dragonfly Anatomy

Ant Anatomy

Grasshopper Anatomy

Butterfly Anatomy 

Anatomy of a Butterfly at How we Montessori

Love ladybug work

Anatomy of a Butterfly at How we Montessori

Models allow the child to closely see the parts of the insects, only second to studying the real thing!

Anatomy of a Butterfly at How we Montessori

This model grasshopper is the best I've found. 

Anatomy of a Butterfly at How we Montessori

We can apply this same method of learning to vehicles or other areas of interest. We use a Bruder Tractor and My First Discoveries Tractor Book. I've made a mini book of the parts of a tractor using three part cards (from TpT), but only printing the control cards and securing them with a hinged ring so my toddler can flip through it.

Anatomy of a Butterfly at How we Montessori

There is a lot of potential for this anatomy and naming work with food too. Today we used an apple. Fruits and vegetables in particular can be fun to cut open and name. Apple Anatomy Poster is from Tanglewood Hollow.

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