I recently bought for my daughters "Ladybug" magazine on a recent shopping trip at the local book store and I must say I wasn't disappointed! I wanted to buy one first to see what it was like before I subscribed but I also wanted to make sure my children would like it as well.
This magazine has short stories, poems, games and many other fun activities for children to do. My two daughters, ages 4 and 6 years old absolutely love it and I fully intend on subscribing as soon as possible.
As a parent, I particularly liked it because it's something to do rather then watching T.V. all the time and many of the poems' pages you can gently tear from it's place to pin up on your child's bedroom wall so they can look at it daily. My daughter is an early reader so it's especially helpful for her to have those up near her.
This works in all fashions to. It can be given as a gift or just because but also I think it'd be wonderful if schools had them on hand but for all I know they just might! I highly suggest this however, you may wish to do as I did and try purchasing one copy to start...sort of a "test pilot" if you will!
This is a fantastic magazine for the preschool set. It's range of stories will appeal to kids from 2-6 (it adds a little spice to the bedtime reading routine). Because there is a continuing group of characters from issue to issue, my kids look forward to the next adventure with (Mop, Julie, Justin) them. This is a big plus for Ladybug. It's content is excellent with contributions from some of our favorite authors and illustrators. The magazine is filled with songs and poems in addition to the stories. Plus games and activities (for example in the November issue it teaches your child/you how to do a Turkey finger play to create a shadow on the wall in honor of Thanksgiving.) There is an activity insert that can be cut up, colored, etc. I like that it is removable as I keep the magazines in a notebook for reference (yup, I'm an archive freak). The parents guide is my favorite as it always offers a helpful suggestion on a book to try (this month gives suggestions on Thanksgiving related topics).
To wrap it up: Keep an eye out for this magazine at the Library or get a trial subscription. It is filled with excellent and wholesome content.
I agree with Parents Choice pick for a Gold Award.
We subscribe to this magazine for my three year old daughter. I feel it is a great learning tool for toddlers and brings them a good source of entertainment away from the T.V.
The magazine is filled with stories, songs, poetry, and even has a section to learn how to write certain letters.
Conveniently enough, the issue that came out the month I had my baby actually had stories to teach kids how to deal with a new brother or sister in the house.
They have songs that I remember singing when I was small and I enjoy teaching these songs to my daughter.
They also include a sales "catalog" with every issue that has educational toys that you can order for your child.
They have different levels for different age groups. For babies they are board books called babybug, then ladybug, then cricket, then cicada. I will subscribe to this until my daughter loses interest and then I will upgrade to the next level!
There is a certain excitement a child finds when mail comes addressed to them personally. The thrill of receiving mail would quickly dissipate, if it were not for the excitement of seeing what is in the magazine. The first thing my granddaughter does is look for ladybugs in pictures throughout the magazine. It is a game we play. Then she searches for just the right person to read one of the stories she has selected based on the pictures.
There is usually at least one craft project where adult supervision will be required. This is fine in that it gets the parent or, in my case, intimately involved with the activity. Some of the cutouts have proven to be beyond my granddaughters skills, but we usually get them together in a reasonable fashion.
The stories are suitable for the 3-6 year old target audience and it is an excellent introduction to the soon to be reader.
Nothing can be better for a child then to develop a love for reading. Ladybug Magazine is a great tool for meeting this objective.
I love these magazines. We subscribe to Ladybug, Spider, and Cricket (each for a different child). The stories are great, as is the illustration. An illustrator friend of mine says that it is very prestigious to be asked to illustrate a story in these magazines, and I figure it is the same for the stories. No advertising, of course. The thing I like the best is that each magazine is geared toward a certain age of child. Highlights tries to be something for everyone, so we look through the magazine to find an appropriate story. In Ladybug, we just start at the beginning and read straight through. As the publisher will tell you, when your child outgrows Ladybug, you just let them know and they change your subscription to Spider (and later, Cricket. That's as far as we've gotten).
My daughter began receiving Ladybug when she was 2 and has continued to enjoy it ever since (she's now almost 6). She was given a subscription to Spider last Christmas (another great magazine from this publishing group) but still returns to Ladybug. It's great for early readers as well as young preschoolers, with content that's adaptable to every age in the recommended range. I sometimes find my daughter sitting on the floor with all our saved issues spread around her, reading through them one by one!
Ladybug is full of useful resources for early childhood teachers and the material is useful even if the magazines are out of date. The ideas in the magazines can be modified for use in the classroom. I teach children from kindergarten to year three, so I need a wide range of suitable materials. Since I am also a parent, I really enjoyed borrowing the magazines for my daughter when she was small. She loved the magazines and when she grew out of them, she graduated to 'Cricket' which is the magazine that follows on from 'Ladybug'.Since 'Ladybug' contains lots of activities, stories and songs, it doesn't take long to build up a useful library of resources. What's more! The activities are age appropriate and they all work.
I've been subscribing to Ladybug for about 2 years now. It's a fantastic source of stories and to-do ideas for my 4-year-old.
Every month, my boy is excited to see a new issue show up in the mail. Each issue has a specific theme, but Ladybug also has several recurring features. This combination is a great way to introduce new topics in a familiar setting.
The writing is fresh and much more interesting to young minds than what you find in some other kids' magazines. Each story is well-illustrated. A given issue will have a variety of types of writing - cartoons, poems, songs, 4-5 page stories, ideas of things to do.
This magazine has been a great motivator for my son, and I recommend it highly.
I loved this magazine when I was little! I still remember how it felt to get my own mail! There were a lot of pictures to keep me entertained, and a lot of fun activities. I read it, or had it read to me, it when I was 4,5, and 6. Any little kid would like this magazine!
There are a number of magazines available for young children, but very few approach the quality of Ladybug. This monthly literary magazine for very young children aged 2-6 weighs in at about 35 pages and includes no advertising whatsoever.
Inside the typical issue you find poems, songs, short stories, a cut-out activity and other educational devices. The pages are all glossy color that include drawings of the subject at hand, often involving animals or the types of characters you might expect to find in a nursery rhyme or fable. The cut-out activity might involve constructing a scene or the pieces to simple board game.
Ladybug would be an excellent choice for most any young child whether they already enjoy reading or to help encourage them to do so. I also suggest you take a look at Zootles, a similarly high quality magazine where animals are the main theme for children in the same age group appropriate for Ladybug.