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Monday, January 23, 2012

Lighthouses Week #2 (and Oregon State Study)

This was a short week, we started off with a field trip on Monday, and then Tuesday was co-op, so that only left Wed-Fri for workboxes…but here is what we did!
Tot School – 14mos
I just could not resist when I found this lighthouse on Amazon, it has windows and little stuffed sea animals. Unipak 12" Light House (New).  c had a lot of fun pulling the animals out, we talked about each animal, their color, etc.  Z (2.5) also had fun with this.   
If you haven’t already check out my Week 1 post, do so, it’s got lots of printables and other great resources for Lighthouses!!
For Z this week, we kept his boxes the same as last week, he’ll get some new stuff next week!
C’s workboxes (5yo, K)
Lighthouse math – using non-standard measurement we measured the height of the lighthouse, we also talked about it’s shape, estimated the number of bricks that were used to build it, estimated the number of windows and counted all the squares. The picture was taken from The Lighthouse Activity Book.

This is the master piece C drew when he was suppose to be doing a worksheet from his Math U See curriculum….what’s most ironic is that this child flat out refuses to draw when I ask him, this has to be the most elaborate picture I have ever seen him draw, typically he only draws smiley faces.  At the top of the large hill to the left is a lighthouse. 
More lighthouse math – skip counting by 10s.  He also did a zero and one addition facts worksheet, and had lighthouse counters (sorry I was just informed that offering this printable on my blog was in violation of copyright, I made the printable with MyMemories Software using the Weekend on the Beach Kit)

Oregon State Study – 3 part cards, we also had some Nutella on graham crackers.  Hazelnuts is Oregon’s state nut, 99% of Hazelnuts grown in the US come from Oregon!  (We also made a yummy chocolate hazelnut cake…see below).

A lighthouse maze (from The Lighthouse Activity Book).  C has never been into coloring, writing, etc…  But he loves mazes!  It’s a great way to encourage writing skills and build their hand muscles for later!

Not pictured
I don’t have pictured our regular weekly activities, such as Scriptures, Phonics, Math U See, etc.  We also used continued to use the lighthouse 3 part cards.
 Fun for everyone!

Cup lighthouses – The link I found called for battery powered tea lights, but I could not find any (I saw them everywhere from Halloween – Christmas).  I found these lights in the floral section, they have different colors, but they served their purpose, and I’ll be able to incorporate them in other sensory activities.
Lighthouse stained glass pictures – color with crayons and paint with vegetable oil, makes them see-through.  I should have had them cut them out first though.

Solar cooking smores – We talked about how the first lighthouses had mirrors to reflect the light, so we put the reflection power to the test and toasted up some smores!
See my Pinterest Board for links to the ideas listed here and MORE!

Decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Torte (a Pampered Chef Recipe, featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 Season’s Best Recipe Collection pamphlet)
We took this to the church for a dinner, and I forgot to take a picture of it first, but I can say that there was none left!

Books we read

(We read only about The Lighthouse of Alexandria from the above book)

Other Lighthouse Units:
Week 1 - Massachusetts
Week 2 - Oregon

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  1. I just posted about a book called "Lighthouse Santa". It looks like you are having a fun study!

  2. How fun! I really love this topic! I had to laugh when I saw that he only draws when he's not supposed to...it reminded me of students I used to have in Biology who could draw the most amazing pictures but did not like their art classes, lol. I love the stain glass method too! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome ideas at Teach Me Tuesday!

  3. Oops...I think I just left you a comment from Jansen Family (my family blog)! I just wanted to make sure you knew that I was visiting your post and am thrilled that you linked up at Teach Me Tuesday! Thanks again!

  4. Thanks for joining WMCIR! We only read Little Red Lighthouse - it's a fun book!

  5. I'm impressed with your cup lighthouses you made. Do it yourself projects are the best. I've also never seen stain glass pictures made that way before. What a easy way to make them. Glad I stopped by today.


  6. I love the idea of the tea light lighthouse. We made one using a water bottle, what a great idea.


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