Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University
What Is a Life Cycle?
I bet you read the Curious George stories when you were little. They're about a monkey who is named George and is very curious about life and everything around him. Did you ever wonder how Curious George's life began? Curious George goes through a life cycle, just like all monkeys do. A life cycle is the changes in life of any living thing. Let's explore the life cycle of a monkey, which can last between ten and fifty years, depending on the type of monkey.
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Monkey Life Cycle Stages
Let's look at each stage, one step at a time:
Stage 1 - Gestation
The first stage of a monkey does not begin as an egg, it begins just like you do - in its mother's womb. The womb is where the monkey begins to grow inside its mother's belly, just like you did in your mother's belly. This period lasts between four and eight months, which is shorter than a human's gestation period. It is during this period that the monkey forms its body parts, including eyes, nose, head, arms, legs, and so on.
Stage 2 - Babyhood
During this stage, the monkey spends most of its time on its mother's back. This stage can last up to eighteen months. The baby monkey uses this time to learn through observation from its mother. The mother monkey teaches the baby socialization skills through playing, making calls (with their voices, not with phones, of course), finding food, and even laughing together. Mother monkeys also have to discipline the baby monkeys during this time for bad behavior, just like your mother has to with you sometimes.
Stage 3 - Adulthood
Monkeys can start their adulthood stage anywhere between eighteen months and eight years old, depending on the type of monkey. And, monkeys begin looking for their mates around the ages of four to eight to begin the process of developing a new baby monkey. Think about that for a minute. If you're a monkey, before you're even in the second grade, you'd probably be looking for a mate and trying to make and raise a family of little monkeys!
Okay, let's briefly wrap up what we've learned in this lesson about a monkey's life cycle, remembering that a life cycle is simply referring to the changes in life of any living thing. We learned that the life cycle of a monkey begins just like yours does in its mother's womb, which is where the monkey begins to grow inside its mother's belly, during what is known as the gestation period, which is when the monkey forms its body parts. It then goes through two more stages known as babyhood and, finally, adulthood. However, this life cycle moves much faster than a human's, and can last from as few as ten to as many as fifty years, depending on the type of monkey.
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Monkey Life Cycle: Lesson for Kids
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