Monday, 17 April 2017

Homeschool Curriculum 2017-2018-Geography and Math


Hi guys! I wanted to share more of our homeschool curriculum for 2017-2018 school year. I recently shared our history and science choices you can read all about that here. Today I am sharing our geography and math picks.

Geography:

For this subject the boys and I will be learning all about Africa. Both my husband and I are from Africa, East Africa to be exact. We wanted to teach the boys all about our homeland. We went with Donna Ward's curriculum which is literature based. We will be making our own notebook, learning how to draw Africa, and reading some great books. Some of the books aren't part of the curriculum I just chose to add them in (Draw Africa, Africa is not a Country, Nelson Mandela, A mosquito buzzing in my ear).



Math:

For math we went with Math U See for both boys. My soon to be second grader will start Gemma and my soon to be fourth grader will start Delta.


For review and extra practice I will be tossing in Moffatt girls math packets. 

Multiplication: The Bundle
This will be for my second grader
Click on the picture for her TPT store

Division: The Bundle
This will be for my 4th grader 
Click on the pic for her TPT store.


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Nature Study: Birds


Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you our second nature study unit. This time our focus was all things birds. Here are some of the fun activities we worked on.

Some of the books we used during this unit study

Using the Nature Anatomy book the boys drew and labelled the different parts of a bird

We also learned about the 5 basic types of bird feathers. 

Bird nests. I asked the boys to pick 4 of their favorite type of nest. 

We also played this really fun bird bingo game. 

Bird bingo in action

Anatomy of an egg.

To go with what we learned about an egg we did this fun experiment. 

If you look really closely you can see some blue where the food color was absorbed. 
My water wasn't as dark blue as I would have liked it because I ran out of food coloring but the boys were able to see some result. 

We watched Bill Nye birds to help with our unit study
We also watched Magic School Bus cracks a yolk. 


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Bee Nature Study




Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you one of our recent nature study units. We will be doing several units during the spring/summer months. The first unit we started with was all about bees. Here are some of the fun activities we worked on.

Who lives in a colony?

The boys drew the members in a colony (Queen, worker bee, and drone).

Anatomy of a worker Bee:


we focused on the wings, compound eyes, and stinger of a worker bee. We used 
bubble wrap to represent the compound eyes, parchment paper for the wings, and we learned that a worker bee has a barbed stinger. 

Life Cycle of a bee:
 

this was a fun hands on way to represent the life cycle. We used a grain of rice for the egg, and a cotton ball for the pupa.

We also did several activities from this book. 

This was a short mini unit on bees, since we covered all about bees already. Do you guys enjoy nature studies in your homeschool?



Homeschool Curriculum 2017-2018-Science and History



Hi guys! I can't believe we are wrapping up another homeschool year. This would make it our 4th year homeschooling :0. With the end of one school year brings the fun of choosing new curriculum. I don't know about you guys, but this is the most wonderful time of the year (q the music) haha. Today I wanted to share with you our history and science choices for next year. Links for where we purchased the curriculum will be at the bottom of this post.

History:

For history we will be studying about Canada's native groups before we study settlement history. I am so excited!!! This will cover half the school year, the last half we will learn all about Africa. I'll share the material for that in our geography curriculum post.


Read alouds 

Activity guides

Picture books. 


Science:

We went with Apologia exploring creation with chemistry and physics. We did human anatomy this year using Apologia and we fell in love with the layout and the material.


supplement material that I will pick things out of. This curriculum doesn't really need any added material but I can't help myself. 

Along with Canada's Native Peoples we will also be listening to Story of the World Vol 3/4. My eldest really loves the audio versions so I decided to through that in there.That's it guys! What will you be using for history and science?

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Shark Anatomy



Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you a really cool hands on activity we did to go with our shark unit study.


We first used this shark model to explore all the inside parts of a shark (stomach, liver, fins, etc.)

video
here is a video of the boys putting the model back together. 

Once they were done exploring and playing with the shark model, I had them draw and label the shark. 


They used the book Insiders: Sharks to write their narrations from.

We used a blue chalk pastel to add a decorative element to their work. 

Both boys completed work. 

This was a really fun project and helped the boys see what the shark's insides look like. My 8 year old really enjoyed putting the model together.

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Preschool Kindergarten Community

Monday, 27 March 2017

Shark Tooth Dig Kit




Happy Monday guys! Since we are nearing the end of our school year, we spend this time working on a lot of hands on units that are interest led. The boys are fascinated by sharks even my preschooler is in love with them. So we are naturally learning about these creatures of the ocean. We are using Build your library shark unit as our main lesson plan. The first activity we worked on was a shark tooth dig kit. I was planning on saving this for the end of the unit but once they saw it, well, there was no hiding it.

Each kit comes with three tooth fossils, dig tools, and a learning guide to help you identify your teeth.
I purchased my kit from Michael's.



Both boys managed to find all three teeth in their fossil.

I always thought that they would not enjoy doing activities like this, because it requires a lot of patience. But they loved it! I will definitely be getting more kits like this in the feature.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Puddle Jump Beginning Sounds Game



Hi guys, happy Monday! Today I wanted to share with you a fun activity that my preschooler really enjoyed. This week for our theme we will be learning all about weather. Today's focus was rain and clouds.

Material:
  1. Blue Paper Plates (small ones)
  2. Letter Stickers (or you can write the letters on)
  3. Objects that start with that letter (I used our beginning sound bean bags).


Setup:

I spread the paper plates around the room like rain puddles, and put all the bean bags in a basket. Since this was a review for him I only helped if he didn't recognize the picture. He would take out a bean bag from the basket say the name and letter sound and find the corresponding 'puddle.'







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A short video of him playing the game.


Modification:
You can modify this game to play with your toddler even.
  1. Use less letters and objects (this way your child can focus on certain letters)
  2. Have your child match letters instead of sounds.
  3. Have your child match uppercase to lowercase
Linked Up With:
Practical Mondays
Tot School Gathering Place 
Preschool and Kindergarten Community 
Montessori Monday

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