Archive for March, 2014
Here is a little review of some of what we have been learning about:
Hailey tried out a fun class where the kids learn about a different country each week. She learned all about Ireland when she tried the class.
She started out trying several different foods from Ireland.
Hunter really enjoyed a chocolate chip scone.
They also got to try playing a harp. We learned that the harp is the national symbol of Ireland.
Hailey tried the big harp too, but Hunter was afraid to go near it.
We’ve also been having great time using the Expedition Earth curriculum!
We have been learning about landforms in science. We started out by reviewing the continents and oceans.
We are also using Science 4Us, which Hailey really enjoys. She has done several lessons about our current topic and she loves using it.
I am also using a landform unit from Around the Kampfire. We used this printable from that unit to come up with a definition of a landform.
Hailey did a test with a variety of materials to see what kind of effect wind and water would have on different kinds of land (dirt, pebbles, rocks and sand). She drew a picture of what the material looked like before any wind or water came in contact with it.
She tested each material to see what would happen, then drew pictures of the results. The water definitely beat the pebbles.
We took a day to go to a nearby science museum. We had a great time!!
A floating ball!
Hailey worked to build a dam to stop the water.
Hunter loved playing in the water table.
Hailey testing out some magnets.
Fun block building
Hailey said she was a spider
Hailey and Pa (my dad) tested to see who was more relaxed.
They also made buildings and then set off an earthquake to see if the buildings could stand the earthquakes.
Hailey and Hunter helping turtles
Hailey has been practicing memorizing the New Testament books of the Bible. I wrote them out on cards. Then she would say the books of the Bible, turn over some cards and then said them again, until all the cards were turned over and she could say them without looking.
Hunter is 27 months old.
We had a great week at Tot School this week!
Letter N activities:
We used several printables from COAH. Hunter lined up his counting bears on the letter N.
He traced the letter N with his finger.
Hunter glued noodles onto the N is for Nest paper.
He used his do-a-dot markers to dot the letter N.
I made a Nemo lapbook for Hunter.
Hunter enjoyed using his Nemo lapbook.
Hunter painted a letter N paper from 1+1+1=1.
We made an N is for numbers… and I found out that Hunter can identify some of his numbers.
Hunter sorted his bears.
Hunter worked on sorting his rainbow pegs by color. It really bothered him that there wasn’t enough room for all of the colors to have their own row. He kept taking pieces out and trying to make room for the purple pegs.
He liked making a necklace with the rainbow pegs.
He worked on pounding some nails.
Hunter did some building with some blocks.
I put sea shells in the sensory bin one day. Hunter was not very interested in the shells.
I put macaroni noodles in his bin another day, which he loved.
Hunter had fun playing basketball with Hailey at swim and gym.
Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.
I am behind in posting about our adventures with Expedition Earth, so I am posting twice this week about this amazing curriculum to try to get caught up.
The next stop we made was in the United Kingdom. (We are not doing all of the countries right now, we are just covering the ones we will see when we go to Epcot in a couple of months.)
We started out with the usual mapping activity. Hailey found the UK on the map (we also reviewed China and Japan) and filled out this paper.
Hailey colored the flag and learned what the colors of the flag represent.
Hailey learned about Big Ben and we learned that Big Ben is actually the name for the big bell, not for the tower. She made a mini Big Ben.
Here is a close up of her Big Ben.
Hailey also designed a postcard for the UK- she drew Big Ben and made a flag on her postcard.
Hailey learned about Stonehenge and how it has changed throughout the years. She used some blocks to make her own recreation of Stonehenge.
Up next will be France.
Our next stop on our Expedition Earth adventure was Japan.
Hailey learned about the Itsukushima Torii Shrine. She thought it was pretty neat because she has seen a replica of it in Epcot. We made our own little Itsukushma Shrine with play-doh.
Hailey’s finished Itsukushima Shrine.
We read about Daisuke, a child from Japan and learned what it is like for children who live there.
Hailey made an origami cat.
We learned about Japanese Rock Gardens- why they have them and how they are made. Hailey and Hunter each made their own rock garden.
Hunter’s finished rock garden.
Hailey’s finished rock garden.
Hailey also made some colorful carp.
The completed colorful carp.
We finished out our week by going out for some yummy Japanese food.
We had so much fun in Japan!!