Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This post is a little late. I have had it in my drafts since last week, but I wanted to post it before April was over. We had a fun earth day filled with activities. Here are some of the things we did.
Amelia got the World map out and wanted to see where we lived. So, I showed her the Atlas so she could see where we were on the map. She followed the lines and asked where Boo and Arn live and where
Chris and Adrienne live. We traced the roads with our fingers. This is our HUGE laminated US Atlas from when we were truck drivers
We painted the earth on coffee filters using blue and green paint. Aren't they pretty?
Next, we spread peanut butter onto rice cakes and pressed them in birdseed to make feeders.
We went outside and placed them in the trees.
We planted Marigolds in individual pots.
Friday, April 23, 2010
We had a car full of bushes last weekend. Stan's cousin had some bushes he wanted to get rid of. So we went to their house, dug them up, and packed them onto the car.
The first bush on the left is one of the four that we brought over.
Here are two more that we placed in some of the bare spots by the pond.
Four full-sized bushes for free. You can't beat that!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Our Storybook Nature Walk with the book "Feathers for Lunch" by Lois Ehlert
Finding nests HIGH up in the trees
A few of our craft projects (the middle one is a nest)
"Light as a Feather" Science Experiment
We dropped heavy and light objects to see which would land first. Then we put them on the balance to see which were heavy and which were light.
Two months ago I posted about starting to freeze my cookie dough and my decision to stop buying pre-packaged cookies. Well, I have done well. I have not bought any store bought cookies since making that decision. I HAVE had to make the girls put cookies BACK on the shelf in the grocery store. LOL! My latest batch was half M&M and half chocolate chip.
I showed her how to write the greater than/less than and equal signs and she decided to write some herself as well. So much learning going on with this little activity.One thing I love about homeschooling is that you see all of this progress in learning without having to TEACH a lot of the skills. Children are natural learners. For example, I never drilled her to learn her numbers, however, she just picked them up through daily experiences. Although I have taught her basic phonics, a few weeks ago she naturally chose an alphabet book and magnetic letters and matched up the lowercase and uppercase letters. This was not a skill I specifically taught, but she just decided to do on her own. I love it!
I love flowering trees. Don't you?