Welcome back! Here is an overview of our Week 4 Homeschool Highlights! Featuring the topless toddler (shaking my head).
This was a very, very trying week. On Tuesday I had two molars extracted….OUCH!. I was pretty much done for the entire week, but I pushed through as best as I could. Also, my Kindergartner was feeling sick. The changes in weather and the nasty cold that has been going around took a toll on him. But we pushed through and modified our schedule to make things easier for us both. That’s whats amazing about homeschooling. We can still learn on sick days, and there is nothing wrong with snuggling under blankets and just reading about History and Science all day while sipping on tea and hot chocolate :).
Our science lesson this week was about animal coverings. We looked at three different types of coverings: fur, feathers and scales. We explored the structure and function of what animals “wear”.
We learned that fur keeps mammals warm, feathers keep birds dry and scales help fish swim. We reviewed Genesis 1:20-25 where God created, fish, birds and mammals and the environments where God placed each animal (air, sea, and dry land). We talked about how the animals habitat determines their covering. God provide each creature with what they needed so that they could live comfortably in their habitat. We related that back to how God provides for our needs as well.
We did an experiment by placing a cotton ball in water to discover how a furry animal would survive if it lived in water. We noticed that the cotton ball absorbed a lot of water and eventually sank to the bottom. My five year old and I discussed that it would be hard for a very fury animal to live in water because fur doesn’t repel water as well as feathers and scales do.
F is for Fish paper strip puzzle. I got this paper strip puzzle as a free download off of confessions of a homeschoolers blog. I simply printed it off and laminated it then cut it into strips. My three year old put them in numerical order from 1-10. You can find this printable here.
My two year old is still topless folks! Does anyone know how I can convince him that shirts are a good thing? Any who, here he is sorting and stacking his wooden lacing beads by shape. I reviewed cylinders, circles, stars and squares with him.
Here’s Mr. Photogenic building letters with his Handwriting Without Tears wooden letter pieces. This week we focused on the letter “H” for handwriting.
He was so excited about his letter “H” that he couldn’t stay still.
We formed our numbers and letters out of playdough.
I came up with this animal matching game this week using items I already have. These sliding word and picture cards came with the My Baby Can Read DVD set that I’ve owned for years. I paired them with the magnetic Melissa and Doug animals. My two year old had to match the magnet with the pictures and words. I’m sure it will not only increase his animal recognition but also his word recognition as well. Can we get an “Amen”for spending ZERO dollars and using our creativity to make cool activities? Can we get an “Amen” for finding a shirt he actually kept on for half an hour?!
For Arts and Crafts, we painted pretty fall leaves to hang in our classroom
My cowboy doing Latin review with his his handy matching cards.
Followed by learning the three parts of the nervous system and his states and capitals. I created this weeks Classical Conversations notebooking pages. So proud of myself! I will be making our notebooking pages from now on and I will be sharing them in PDF form for other CC moms.
We are making a book about the human body as we go along. My five year old has been doing an awesome job coloring in each diagram. When we are done we will have a colorful flip book of all of the 11 human body systems. You can find this cool project here.
Our History sentence for the week was “In 1776, the Continental Congress published the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, announcing the colonists intent to form a new nation.”
Here are a few of the library books we read in relation to our History topic.
Our history activity was a recreation of our own weathered Declaration of Independence style document. We stained regular printer paper with tea.
I was going to have my five year old write the first sentence of the preamble of the Declaration of Independence on it…but he decided he wanted to draw a picture of George Washington instead.
And I LOVE how it turned out! Check out Georges wig! This is definitely frame worthy :).
For Fine Arts this week we learned about abstract art and created our own abstract picture. Great for helping my Kindergartner take his time and color in the lines.
Daddy made an abstract art picture too :).
That’s a wrap for week 4! See you guys next week. Happy Homeschooling!!