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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
For the cover (I will add a pic soon), I cut out the letters to spell Spring and had DS glue them on, I then gave him several small sheets of spring themed stickers which he decorated it with.
In the lapbook, I have several mazes, dot-to-dots to get him writing, these are in plastic coversheets and he uses a dry erase marker. In the purple pockets are spring dominoes, memory, a puzzle and counting cards.
For this week we also planted sunflower seeds. We used an 18ct paper egg carton and filled the cups with soil, then pushed down a sunflower seed and watered.
We talked about how plants grow, and we read this book There are several other good plant books on my site as well.
We are going to join on with the great sunflower project, once our sunflowers start to grow!
Next week our chicks are due to hatch, so we will be studying chickens this coming week.
Some links I used for the spring lapbook:
More spring activities
Spring games and puzzles
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
We had a lot of fun with Johnny Appleseed, and Apples in general. We weighed them against a few household things, we did fruit prints, we made apple sauce, and probably his favorite thing was taste testing the different apples and determining whether they were sweet or sour.
We also did a lapbook for this unit (all items were taken from links I posted in a previous post). I also cut out the letters to spell Apples and had him glue them on the back. I actually had one more double spread that I didn't know what to do with so I glued them together. Later I thought of some stuff, I could have put a picture recipe for the applesauce, I found another mini book of Johnny Appleseed that I could have added (this was in a book of mini-books I had on my homeschool book shelf).
Saturday, March 6, 2010
The assignment for babies was ice cube painting, and for Preschool was marble painting. Cole really enjoyed it. He made two pictures, and wanted to make more.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Washing it off was another challenge...lol. It would have been more fun if I had had some plastic toy polar bears. O well.
We also did an art project, I had a large polar bear stamp, so he dipped it in white paint and put it on black paper. We also did or FM weekly kid craft, which was marble art. We used black and white again, and he rolled the marbles in white paint, then put the paper in a box lid, and rolled the marbles around the paper. He really enjoyed that. Will post pics later, once I get them downloaded.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I don't remember exactly where I got all the stuff I used for it. But I did get some ideas and materials from here and here and here and here (this is a great video tutorial)
Before making a lapbook, I just google the topic followed by lapbook...so for polar bears I googled "polar bear lapbooks", I will also google the topic followed by preschool activities or curriculum. Then I collect different things from different sites and incorporate that into the lapbook. I try to keep the stuff at a 3yo level, I find that DS gets bored really quick if I have too much older stuff on there, like stuff that I have to write and fill in, I try to make it so that he can do most of the work himself, with just a little assistance from me.
I have always made and used File Folder Games even when I taught preschool many years ago (okay maybe not that many, but it was quite awhile ago). A Lapbook is basically a file folder game, but more in depth. Anything Goes. The can be as simple or as complex as you'd like.
For the Polar Bear Lapbook. I cut out the Polar Bear Shape and Letters to spell Polar Bear on my cricut, and had DS glue them on the front.
Then on the inside we glued a map of where polar bears live. Taken from here , this is also where I got the trading card that I laminated for him. Under that we put a mini book that I filled in with his help, and he did the colors of the bear part with a crayon. I got that here, we found the answers to fill in the blanks by reading a book about polar bears, you could also find the answers on the fact sheet that came with the map link I gave earlier in this post.
On the Left side I put this shape book . I folded it over and cut out the polar bear shape. I then cut out the sentences and I read them to DS and he glued them on.
Under that I glued another picture (and I can't seem to find where I got that from at the moment)...but it shows what their paw prints are like, and some other characteristics of polar bears.
On the back I glued a picture of a polar bear that DS colored...it could be any picture really. Then I stapled a page protector on the back that has a polar bear maze on one side and a colored picture on the other. Maze and picture. Then I stapled to sandwich ziploc bags, in one are cards for making compound words and a polar bear puzzle I colored, laminated and cut out. And that's it. It's a cinch. There are lots more ideas at this great site in regards to polar bear lapbooks and activities.
Apple File Folders
More Lapbook Ideas
More Johnny Appleseed Ideas
I'm really excited about this one, lots of fun ideas!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Here is the lapbook we did:
On the cover I cut out a polar bear and the letters to spell Polar Bear on my cricut and he glued them on. On the inside, I have a mini book that we filled out together about Polar Bears, a map of where they live, another mini book that he glued sentences into about what Polar Bears eat, and then a little picture that points out parts of a polar bear and has their feet prints. On the back cover I have a polar bear maze in a cover sheet so he can use a dry erase on it, and the back side is a picture he colored (sort-of) of a polar bear and her cubs. In the ziploc bags I have a polar bear puzzle, and polar bear word cards for making compound words, he can only read some of the words, so I read them to him and we had fun making nonsense words, and real words. Then glued to the back is another picture I printed of a polar bear and where he wrote his name for the FIRST time. He asked me to help him out of the blue (he typically has no interest in writing at all)...so I helped him with the C, he wrote the o and L, and I helped with the e...not bad for his first time! We also printed out a polar bear card from National Geographic Kids (they had lots of stuff on their site, I linked it in the polar bear post before this one).
**They have a lot of stuff at homeschool share, but you can google Polar Bears and find a ton of stuff! Sorry this is an old post that I have just updated and I don't have all the links to the items I posted.
I found some more great Polar Bear video links:
San Diego Zoo
They even have a live polar cam of their polar bear exhibit...but it's a little slow, and didn't hold my 3yo's attention very well.
and some more videos
Next week is Johnny Appleseed!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I plan to make a lap book on this topic with him this week.
So far we have read a polar bear book, watched the artic segment from BBC The Planet Earth, and also checked out the webpage on Polar Bears from National Geographic Kids
and made a polar bear craft . Except we cut the circles out of black because polar bears have black skin, and glued cotton balls on it for the white fur. There are some good ideas here and here
I'll post pictures of our finished product at the end of the week.
It's amazing the little things we can teach our children when we go off of their interests and natural curiosities.
You can buy it here
I ordered this felt book from Time4felt.com It gives him something to play with while I read. Though some days he isn't too into it, other days he is. It just depends on his mood.
I use the storied scriptures reading schedule from the school of abraham I like doing it this way because it really takes the meat out of the scriptures, and for a 3 year old, attention span is lacking some. This way we get to the heart of the stories.
I also print of coloring pages from The Living Scriptures coloring books that go with the story we are reading...or I do google searches or search lds.org to find pictures that go with the stories if LSI does not have matching ones. Each day after we read the excerpt, he colors a page (some days he doesn't want to, some days he scribbles it, and some days he asks me to color it). Then we put them together to form a book about that story. Each time we reveiw what we have talked about already. Our Nephi books goes from Lehi preaching to them reaching the promised land.
I also use some supplemental books occasionaly, like the Who's Your Hero books, My Frist Scripture Board Books, Turn your little ones into Book of Mormon Whiz Kids, and Scripture Study for Latter Day Saint Families (Book of Mormon Edition). I also own the Book of Mormon DVD's from The Living Scriptures, so after we finish an entire story, we watch the DVD...usually we do it for FHE after the main lesson. I find that this helps him visualize the stories a lot better. I grew up on these scripture cartoons and they helped me remember the stories as well. We also have scripture stickers that we put in the scriptures when we read the stories as well.
It works well for us and most days he asks to do scriptures.
Family Home Evening is another constant. My oldest is a Sunbeam, so we just use the SunBeam manual and repeat the lesson he had the previous Sunday. I have 2 supplement books Primary Partners vol 1 & 2 that I use to add something to the lesson. I usually keep the lesson short though, like 5 mins. For example last night I cut out a moon, a sun, some stars and a cloud. I took a 12x12 navy blue peice of paper, and glued a sky blue piece over half of it. While I talked about day and night, he glued the pieces on. Then I read the story blue train, green train...which talks about how Thomas works during the day and Percy works at night. IT has little poems about the sun and moon in it. We talked about things we do during the day and things we do at night. The whole thing lasted maybe 10mins.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Right now I am homeschooling (unschooling) my 3 year old. It's been an adventure so far. I hope to get caught up by posting pictures and ideas of things we have done thus far....and then continue to share throughout this journey we have embarked on!
In the meantime check out this blog http://www.latter-dayhomeschooling.com/