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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Van Gogh Unit Study

Van Gogh Display

Art Project #1

Art Project #2

Art Project #3

We also enjoyed the following apps on our IPAD:
Van Gogh E Book
Another Van Gogh E Book (this one is free, but you only get part of the book, and have to pay to get the rest of it).
Van Gogh HD Art Gallery

Resources we used for this and other Artist Studies:
Usborne Books & More. Art Treasury
Usborne Books & More. First Book of Art
Montessori Print Shop:  Art Bundle
Confessions of a Homeschooler:  Greatest Artists

(the entire series)
Artist and Composer Round-up

Saturday, September 29, 2012

First Grade - Week 7

Playing with our Safari LTD Ancient Egypt Toob , and our Ancient Egypt 4 part cards from Montessori for Everyone. 

Life Science - Digestion System (Pandia Press) - the picture on the Right we are measuring how long the entire digestion system is from mouth to anus....it's 5 C's long!  

Trying out ABCMouse.com this week for an upcoming review

Geography:  Little Passports from England - Building Stonehenge out of Jenga blocks

We watched:
Magic School Bus All Dried Up (Desert) and For Lunch (Digestion)

We Read:                Cole Read:

Field Trip #53 Friday Blog Hop

Field Trip Friday!

A Blog Hop designed to share 'FIELD TRIP' related Blog Posts

(does not have to be a 'home school field trip', can be any trip to any place with your children!)

We went with our Homeschooling group to a local Fire Department, the local Elementary Kinder and PreK classes were there too.  It was great fun for the kids.  They of course talked about Fire Safety, calling 911, etc...  They showed us some cool Fire Fighter tricks, and all the gear and stuff they carry on the trucks. 

**NOTE:  Before linking up please review guidelines HERE

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Little Pim Review and Giveaway

    I have tried my fair share of Chinese videos for teaching children language. Both my husband and I have studied languages, my husband is tri-lingual, but most days I can hardly remember English. We wanted our kids to be exposed to languages from early on, and we picked Chinese as the focus because that is one of the languages my husband speaks. We have tried a variety of programs and I've always been interested in Little Pim.  Having already invested a small fortune in some disappointing products, I was hesitant to buy another language video. 
    Therefore, I was very excited for the opportunity to review this product. I watched the video with all 3 of my kids (1,3 & 6). It definitely did not hold my 6 year olds attention (it is advertised for ages 2-5). My other two enjoyed it. It falls along the same lines as other educational videos geared towards younger children. I know there can be some controversy about allowing younger children to watch tv, but I feel that in moderation, and as an activity done with your child, there ARE educational benefits.(  I speak as a mom, a professional and from experience). As far as language learning, I like that in addition to the cartoon Panda, Pim, real life people and objects are used. The Chinese characters for the words being introduced are shown on the screen with the objects,and the words are repeated in a variety of contexts.  The words are also used in a sentence. This is great for introducing the written language and reinforcing the words and concepts. Objects are all familiar objects to any child.  We watched Vol 1 DVD, "Eating and Drinking".  It introduced words for things like bowl, banana, water, etc..   
     Little Pim is available in a variety of languages and can even be purchased as digital download for on the go learning and fun.
    Little Pim has been very kind by allowing me to give away one video to a viewer, in the language of their choice.  Please follow the Rafflecopter directions below for chances to win your very own Little Pim DVD!

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    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Weekly Workboxes - Week 7 - Sense of Sight

     Weekly Workboxes - Week 7 - Sense of Sight

    Putting last weeks scented playdough to use again, with wiggle eyes!

    Books to read

    Search books of varying difficulty

    Making patterns with Melissa and Doug stringing beads

    Exploring with Magnifying Glasses

    Sorting Colored Wiggly Eyes

    Montessori Color Tablets Box 2

    Spelling EYES with the My Body Unit from 2teachingmommies.com

    E box

    Color Paddles - we'll use these with the light table, and look through them, put some together to make other colors, etc...

    3D chalk!  I just thought this would be cool to try out.

    Linking up with:
    Montessori Monday
    Tot School
    Preschool Corner
    and more!
    (see my right sidebar)

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Louis Ehlert (Virtual Book Club)

    We made leaf rubbings in fall colors....since we don't really have 'fall' here in Hawaii

    We made bird treats with stale bread and peanut butter (and bird seed, of course)... similar to what was suggested at the end of the book.

    And last week we took our field trip to the Botanical Gardens where we learned about a large variety of trees!

    Link up and visit other Virtual Book Club Participants!!


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