Friday, 23 September 2016

Homeschool Weekly Wrap Up


Hi guys! I hope you had a fun homeschool week, here's what we've been up to.

Preschool:

My preschooler worked on the letter M and had a blast you can read all about that here. 



Science:


This week we wrapped up the chapter on muscles.


History:

For history we read chapter 6 and backtracked a little bit and worked on some crafts related to chapter 5.

You can read all about how we put this craft together here.

Geography:

We read Anne of Green Gables and took a virtue tour of Green Gables. 

Language Arts:

Both boys are reading books by E.B. White so we did a biography activity. They enjoyed reading about what inspired him to write both books Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little. 

My 3rd grader working on some vocabulary from Stuart Little. 


Grammar

Unit Study:

We learned all about Archipelago and made our own using kinetic sand. 

Vocabulary Card.

That's it for our week!

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Letter M Preschool Activities



Hi guys! My preschooler worked on all things letter M this week. Here's all the fun we had!

Phonics:

Letter M beginning sound basket (millipede, mom, mouse, moose, mop, money)



Matching magnetic letters to our wooden alphabet puzzle.



Letter M magnet activity. Pick a card using the magnetic wand and read either the letter or say the name of the picture.


Math:


1: 1 Correspondence using our favorite number puzzle

Craft:


M is for macaroni 

M is for moose painting 

Sensory Play:



Making muffins after reading If "You Give A Moose.."

Invitation to Explore:


Reading to his monkey.


That's it for our letter of the week activities. I hope you had a fabulous week!

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Fresco Secco


Hi guys! Today I wanted to share an art project we worked on after reading chapter 5 in Story of the World vol. 2. Fresco Secco is the technique of painting on dry plaster with pigments mixed in water. These beautiful works of art have held up centuries after their creation. I didn't follow the instructions in the book we just kind of did our own thing.

Material:
  1. Plaster of Paris
  2. Water
  3. Cups and spoons (for mixing the plaster)
  4. A piece of burlap
  5. art medium of your choice (we used pastels)
  6. Cardboard (to protect your surface)
  7. White glue
*** NEVER POUR WET PLASTER DOWN THE SINK***

Mix the Plaster according to the box, pour it over the burlap and let it dry for 24 hours. I put a piece of cardboard under the burlap to protect my surface. Once the plaster dries have your child sketch out what they want to draw because once you paint/draw on the plaster you can't erase it. Now comes the fun part CRACKING the plaster to give it an old rough feel. The boys enjoyed making big and small cracks on the plaster (don't worry it won't fall off the burlap). Once we were satisfied with all our cracks we poured a generous amount of white glue over our surface and spread it using a Popsicle stick. Leave your creation to draw over night and you'll have a beautiful piece of art.






They turned out really nice and the boys enjoyed working on this process.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Erosion, Weathering, and Deposition


This week for our unit study we focused on what forms many of the landforms on earth. We did a quick lesson on erosion, weathering, and deposition.

 I normally would draw a diagram on the board for the boys to copy into their vocabulary cards.


The boys worked on their vocabulary cards. 

Our completed vocabulary cards.

To help us distinguish between erosion, weathering, and deposition we played a little game. You can grab the cards here.

The boys would draw a card, read it, and decide whether it was erosion, weathering, or deposition.  



Demonstration: 
We did a demonstration to see how rocks are affected by erosion and weathering over time. I poured some water into a Styrofoam cup and placed in the freezer over night. The next morning we were able to notice some cracking on the cup and it started to change its shape. This is what happens to rocks when they are exposed to different weather they contract and expand. This causes little cracks to form in the rocks and over time they get larger and that weakens the rock causing it to erode.


Books:


 Videos:
 The Magic School Bus Rocks and Rolls

Bill Nye Erosion
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