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Praying Mantis Lapbook

Assalaamu alaikum!

We had one of those amazing learning moments recently, alhamdulillah. Imaan and Zahra were playing in the back yard with some friends when they came across a praying mantis! They came running  inside  shouting for me to come and see. So out I went to see what they were so excited about, they were so amazed to have found a creature which camouflages itself so well. We discussed that for a bit then I reminded them to leave it alone as we don’t want to harm it. A bit later they came shouting for me to come see their amazing find. I went out to find them hopping about in excitement pointing at a spot on the wall. The praying mantis was laying eggs.

Imaan: “What is it doing Mommy?”

Umm Imaan: “Its laying eggs…”

Nusayba: “What is the white stuff?”

Umm Imaan: “Hmmm….”

Rabia: ” When will it hatch?”

Umm Imaan: “Ummm….”

I realised that I knew next to nothing about Praying mantes… I fended off most of their questions and ran inside to fetch my phone to take some pics. Here’s the Praying mantis laying its eggs.


  That evening I researched Praying mantis and downloaded a few pics and videos. Prepared a quick lapbook and felt a bit better about not being able to answer their questions! Here is a pic of the “white stuff”

According to wikipaedia:

 The female then lays between 10 and 400 eggs, depending on the species. Eggs are typically deposited in a frothy mass that is produced by glands in the abdomen. This froth then hardens, creating a protective capsule. The protective capsule and the egg mass is called an ootheca. Depending on the species, the ootheca can be attached to a flat surface, wrapped around a plant or even deposited in the ground.

As for when it will hatch…according to my research the female lays the eggs in autumn and the case (ootheca) protects it from the elements and predators and it will hatch in Spring insha Allah…so the girls will have to wait.

Over a few weeks we learnt lots about this fascinating creature. Here are some pictures I found from the blog:  Mrs Warner’s 4th Grade Classroom, she has some wonderful printable resources which she has made available on her blog.

Here are some pics of the different types of Praying mantises we found. I showed these to highlight the fact that there are different coloured Praying matises as they live in different environments.

According to wiwkijunior:

” A mantis will often roost in something close to its own body color. Most mantes are green or brown and they perch in grasses, bushes and trees. However, some other species are brightly colored and depend on flowers for camouflage.”

Here are some amazing examples:

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Homeschool share has some nice printables to create a lapbook or project

Here are some links to clips:

mini clip  from Animal Planet. (with music)

Amazing  you tube clip of the life cycle of the praying mantis.

Here is another life cycle clip.

Here are some links where you can find more info on Praying mantises:

I will post pics of our completed lapbook once we are done insha Allah.

I hope you will find benefit insha Allah.

A post!

Assalaamu alaikum 🙂

Its been ages since I last posted, I had hit a blogging slump, life got hectic, camera was stolen, laptop charger broke (which was a mercy as I had been spending too much time online). It was easy to just not post.

Please forgive me if you were a reader and I just went AWOL. I have missed blogging and now that I have my hardware back up to scratch I hope to get right back into the saddle and spend less time fussing with slide show galleries and more time sharing our homeschool moments!

I still read and tried to keep up with the blogs but was using Hub’s laptop so signing-in to comment was a mission!

Alhamdulillah we are all well keeping up with our learning activities and surviving the toddlerhood! Sakeenah has grown into a force to be reckoned with, a danger magnet who will not be contained! Allah u a’lam…I am so happy with my girls coz I don’t know what I would have done with three boys if my girls are so daring!

Imaan is coming along steadily we are spending more time with Hifdh, Arabic, and Islamic studies as I feel I have not concentrated enough on the most important subjects. Zahra is also moving swiftly masha Allah, her reading is doing well but her handwriting is still developing so the Montessori style activities still suits her.

Scheduling is an ongoing battle with us as I want to follow the flow of their learning but it clashes with my 1 year old’s need for destruction. Her unpredictable escapades has truly been the most overwhelming force the last few months! Like I said we are surviving toddlerhood! Insha Allah soon she will be more interested in her own activities and less interested in distracting the girls! (Ameen!)

I don’t have many pics of the work we have been doing, just doing the work has been an accomplishment in itself!

We are in the Southern Hemisphere so Winter is truly upon us. It only snows on a few mountain ranges here in the Cape but it is still freezing cold as we do not have central heating and we usually rely on hot water bottles and/or heaters.

Here are a few winter pics around Cape Town.

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