Saturday, July 31, 2010

Counting Orchard

We've been counting, counting, counting in our household!  Counting animal noises, counting jumps, counting claps.

We recently made this Counting Orchard to practice counting.  First cut out the tree tops.  Cut tissue paper in fruit color of choice into 1-inch squares.  Take a pencil with a nice eraser on the end, put in middle of squares, and twist while keeping your thumb and forefinger lightly squeezing the paper toward the pencil.  Glue the fruit on the trees.  Here are pictures.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Creation Notebooking/Lapbooking

After reading the creation account in Classic Bible Stories, we decided to really cement in on which days God did what.  I can't even remember it, so I need to study too!  ;)

I found multiple different lapbooking ideas.  Of course, we put them in our 3-ring binder notebook instead of in file folders.  I found lapbooks at Dynamic 2 Moms, Lapbook Lessons, and Heart of Wisdom Blog.  Here are pictures of the pages.

The Eve with movable snake you can find at Christian Preschool Printables.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

More Mapping!

The girls love mapping, so I try to fit it in here and there when relevant to our studies.  I found this map at Guest Hollow, but I can't seem to find it anymore.  This one can be used in much the same way.  You could add suns for Southwest, fish for Northwest, trees for Woodland, grass for plains, and ice chunks (?) for Far North.   Contact me if you want a free, educational use only of the map we used.   It depicts the general groups of Native Americans, not specific tribes, which is perfect for our age groups.

Here is a picture.

As an aside, I was thrilled to hear my 7-year-old pretending she was a Native American scraping hides and making teepees.  We have so many fun activities this year, and they are going to enrich and bring deep understanding to the time periods we will cover.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Bird Seed Outlines

This past spring we did some bird seed outline artwork for our 3yo.  We bought some cheap bird seed from the store, only using about a cup of it.  I drew an outline of a bird for Beeps, but Coco and Dreamer drew their own.  We then outlined the picture with Elmer's glue and they sprinkled seed to their hearts' content.  After shaking off the excess, voila!  They loved this.

We have been putting a cup of bird seed or so out on our deck railing and enhanced our study of birds by watching them.

Here are some wonderful bird books to check out.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Noah's Ark by Peter Spier

We read Noah's Ark from our Sonlight P3/4 recently.  Even though there are no words, we had no problem talking about the many, many tiny details in this wonderful book.

To engage our 3yo with more hands-on activities, we encouraged her to be the different sorts of animals in the book, complete with animal sounds and motions.  Then we put some lapbooking components in a notebook I've made especially for her.  She loves this notebook, but she tore it all apart about 2 weeks ago, so she took a break.  She vows never to tear it again!  :)

Here are some pictures of the lapbooking parts.  I found them at Lapbook Lessons.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Goodnight Moon Note-Lapbook

Goodnight Moon is a favorite in this house, and I wonder in which household it isn't?  When I first looked at the pictures before I had our first daughter, I thought, why would my child want to look at this?  Well, I was wrong.  Along with Caps For Sale, this board book was worn and was on the verge of tearing.  I carefully taped it up and put it in my shelf to cherish.

Well, it was no different with our 3yo.  I will often hear her playing quietly talking about moons and cows and bowls and brushes.  I found this wonderful lapbook at Homeschool Share.

I put our lapbooking components in notebook form in a 3-ring binder, as I dislike storing the file folder lapbooks.  I really like them all together also, as the girls go over and over, and every time we add new components, they are essentially reviewing everything we have done for the year thus far.

Here are some pictures.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Native American Drawings

We purchased Draw Write Now Book 3 to use for our American History this year.  Along with the drawing, there is handwriting practice that correlates with the picture drawn.  We're going to add these to our notebooks for this year.

This is Coco's, age 7.

This is Dreamer's, age 5.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Peach Pickin'

Each Peach Pear Plum is rhyming fun!  Small children especially like it, but even Coco and Dreamer love it.  We went peach picking today.  A man came and warned us of rattlesnakes, and we found out by ourselves that the orchard was infested with ticks.  We got some good peaches, though, and we didn't run into a rattler!

Here are some pics.

We made some peach cobbler!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Salt Dough Map

We are doing a Native American focused study this year.  Some of the books we are using:

  • More Than Moccasins

  • If You Lived With the Iroquois

  • If You Lived With the Hopi Indians

  • If You Lived With the Indians of the Northwest Coast

  • If You Lived With the Sioux Indians

  • Come Look With Me: American Indian Art

  • If You Lived With the Cherokees

  • North American Indians

We are using a few of them right now, doing an overview of Native Americans, then focusing for about 6 weeks on 5 different groups, the Cherokee, Iroquois, Sioux, Hopi, and Northwest.  I've made lapbooking components for each group, and I will be taking pictures throughout the year.  I can't publish them, as I've used pictures and art from Google Images, but I will share them via e-mail if you want them.  Just share your email in expanded form in the comments.

Yesterday, we started our salt clay map of North America, and it's turning out nice!  Here are some of the photos as it progresses.  We have to wait at least 4 days for it to dry completely, then we'll paint it according to a map key.  We used a double portion of 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup water, and the salt dough was very compliant.

First we made a layer of "ocean."  It was easier to make the land raised after the ocean dried.

Then we put in the land areas.  The little hole on the lower left hand corner is the Grand Canyon, I guess.  ;)  I'll update it after we finish painting it.  The area that has no dough is going to be the map key.

Sorry about the side-ways pictures.  I just started and couldn't figure out how to flip them.