Sunday, 28 August 2016

Lobster Craft

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you a fun craft the boys worked on. During our study Nova Scotia we learned that this province is the lobster capital of Canada. To help the boys remember we worked on a lobster craft and lobster cage. To go along with this craft we read Lobster in my pocket, a cute story about a little girl who rescues a lobster from being eaten.

lobster craft printable is from here. 

While we waited for the lobsters to dry we assembled the lobster cages and reread the book. 

Material needed:
  1. Cardstock (desired size and color)
  2. Popsicle sticks 
  3. glue 

bottom of the lobster cage. After making this I realized that I purchased the wrong Popsicle sticks, I should have gotten the longer/larger ones.

We allowed all the parts of our lobster cage to dry over night before assembling the whole thing. 

Once the cage was assembled we taped our lobster inside the cage.

The lobster cages turned out so cute and it was perfect for decorating our classroom with.

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Bone Review

The boys and I are loving our science curriculum this year. We are using Apologia Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology (read all about our curriculum here). This week we wrapped up the second lesson which focuses on the skeletal system. To help the boys retain all the names of the bones we learned through out this lesson I came up with a fun way to utilize our foam skeleton puzzle.

What You Will Need:
  1. Learning Resource large skeleton puzzle (if you don't have this or don't want to purchase it you can use this printable here). 
  2. Labels found at the end of this post. I printed mine on different colored paper just to make it more colorful.
  3. We used our text book to check our answers (if you don't have that you can use this).

after putting the puzzle together the boys went to label as many bones as possible without any help. 

Here they are using the text book to make corrections. I think they labeled two bones wrong, which isn't bad at all.

This was a fun hands on way for me to see what they remembered without quizzing them. It also helped them learn to work together, if one didn't know the answer the other did.
click on the image to download.

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Friday, 26 August 2016

Homeschool Weekly Wrap Up

Hi guys! Here's what we've been up to this week.


This week we covered all things letter P our main focus was penguins and popcorn.You can read all about it here. 

Language Arts:

This week my first grader worked on making predictions before and during a story. We also reviewed writing proper sentences. We read Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, if you've never read these two books you are missing out!

My 3rd grader started working on a personal narrative. We focused on brainstorming about small moments in his life (a time he got hurt or sick). We also read lots of mentor text and tried to figure out what small moment the author focuses on. We also practiced turning telling sentences into showing sentences.

Brainstorming Chart

Some of the books we read Owl Moon, and When I Was Young in the Mountains.


We wrapped up the skeletal system this week using Apologia Anatomy and Physiology. My son said to me "mommy this is my favorite curriculum" :) it just melted my heart (PS you know your a homeschool kid when you say words like curriculum) ;).

Reviewing the names of the bones using a skeleton puzzle from learning Resources. 


This week for Canadian geography we learned all about Nova Scotia.

Facts about Alexander Graham Bell

Nova Scotia is known as the lobster capital of Canada. We made lobster cages and a lobster craft. 


We read some of chapter 4 in Story of the World Volume 2. We did some copy work and will finish up the rest of the lesson next week. 

Islamic Studies:

We read about the story of Musa when Allah speaks to him. We did a straw blowing craft to represent the burning bush. We learned that Allah was preparing Musa (AS) with 3 things when he faces Firwan, Obediance (to Allah) ---> Courage ----> and Trust in Allah.

That's it for our week! I hope you had a wonderful week :).

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Preschool Letter P Activities

Letter: P
Shape: Identifying Shapes Around Us
Color: Matching Color Names
Vocabulary Theme: Penguins

Hi guys! I hope you guys are having a great week. This week our letter focus was all things letter P. Here are some of the activities my preschooler enjoyed. All the free printables that I used are linked at the end of this post.


letter P beginning sound basket 

Along with these activities we practiced recognizing all the letters in his name. He wasn't really into it so I didn't push it. 


popcorn 1:1 correspondence

roll and cover. 

Since he already knows the names of the colors I added a bit of a challenge this week. We are working on recognizing the color names.

 Fine Motor:

 This was his favorite all activity all week. I using some cotton balls and some water mixed with yellow food coloring. He "buttered the popcorn" using a dropper. 

P is pumpkin lacing. 


Letter P pom pom painting. 

Sensory Play:

Popcorn and pumpkins

floating penguins.

Invitation to Explore:

Vocabulary :

I don't have a picture to share with you because most of our vocabulary practice happened at bedtime. He went to sleep with a stuffed penguin every night this week. So we talked about the different parts of a penguin pointing to each part and repeating after me. Flippers, beak, feathers, feet, etc.


Some of the books he enjoyed this week were Polar bear, Polar Bear, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, If you give a Pig a Pancake, and Penguins big Adventure.

Penguin roll and cover
Penguin Do a Dot page 
Popcorn 1:1 correspondence
Popcorn Fine Motor printable 
P pom pom painting printable

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