Instead of drawing pictures to go along with all the narrations in our Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day Junior Notebooking Journal (Apologia), we print photos from the Internet.
Just in case someone else out there has a first grade son with a slight pencil allergy...and just in case that someone needs permission to take a shortcut for the sake of a parent/child relationship, here are a few good insect photo sites:
The best way to search for an insect or animal photo is to use the search box in the top right corner.
We found a great picture of a molting cicada.
Alex Wild Photography
Our favorite. Before I printed, I checked their conditions for image use, and it specifically allows students and teachers to use the photos for educational purposes.
To print the photos, I use the Windows Snipping Tool, save the photo in a folder I labeled "insect study," then print in wallet or contact paper size, depending on the space in the Notebooking Journal. Very simple.
Finally, the moral: Thing1 began illustrating some narrations without complaint after we began printing most of the pictures. It is amazing how much a kid (and his mother) can accomplish when he (or she) is not overwhelmed.