Archive for January, 2016
Last fall we concentrated on the letter B one week during preschool. Since it was fall we studied all about bats.
We did a fun bat painting. I put some bat shapes on a piece of paper and then Hunter stamped white paint all over.
Harper made one too. And also ate some of the paint, of course.
The completed bats- they were fun and easy, and turned out cute.
Hailey wanted to make one too, but she did hers a little differently. She mixed some paint to create a sunset.
Then she glued some black bats onto the sunset.
I teach pre-k art at our homeschool co-op and we made this really fun bat.
Hunter glued beads onto the letter B. It took a lot of glue to make them stick!
Another fun week of preschool!
As we work along in our study of US history, we spent a lot of time learning about the Native Americans.
We learned about some of the main tribes that were here in the US and where they were located. Hailey made different representations of the tribes and placed them on the map where they lived. Then we did a more in depth study of each of the different groups of Native Americans.
When we studied the Northwest Indians, Hailey made a Totem Pole. Hunter decided he needed make one too, so he had fun joining us for this activity. It was very interesting to learn how the totem poles told a story and showed the family’s lineage. They were a way to document a family history. (Totem Pole Printable)
When we studied the Southwest Indians, Hailey weaved a basket. She decorated the basket after she finished weaving it, but apparently I didn’t take a picture of that. We learned how they weaved the baskets so tightly that they could even carry water in them.
Hailey learned about how the Plains Indians hunted buffalo and then used every part of the buffalo for something, being sure not to waste anything. She made a “buffalo skin” and then drew pictures on it of the different things they used the parts of buffalo for.
Next she learned about the Northeast and the Southeast Indians. She made a wigwam and we learned about who lived in the wigwams.
The Indians who lived in the wigwams would build a frame and cover it with bark and hides. When they moved, sometimes the wigwam would stay and sometimes they would roll up the covering and take it to the new location.
Another thing the Native Americans lived in was long houses, so Hailey made a representation of a long house.
She learned how several families lived together in the long house.
Hailey’s finished long house. (From Northeast Indians Easy Make and Learn Projects)
We both learned a lot and had fun too!
Hailey is studying US history this year and we are both absolutely loving it! We are using Sonlight, and I have to say this is the first time I am not even considering switching curriculum. I love the books we read together and we have both learned so much! Since Sonlight does not offer a lot of hands on activities I do add those in, as Hailey loves doing those too.
Back when we were learning about some of the explorers who came to America, we studied Christopher Columbus. In addition to reading books about him, Hailey worked on a map that showed the route Columbus took when he landed in America.
This is her completed map (from an activity book called Interactive 3-D Maps: American History).
Back in October, Hailey had her 9th birthday. 9 sounds so very grown up to me… Anyway, she wanted to have a spa/slumber party for her birthday.
Rich hung up some lights in our family room, and I hung up some spa decorations.
This is actually a table, made to look like a bed for all of the junk food and goodies at the party.
The yummy cupcakes
This was a Pinterest idea that didn’t quite turn out… hahaha… We used marshmallows and tootsie rolls- it was supposed to look like bottles of nail polish, which I suppose it does. Just not quite the same as what we saw on Pinterest.
Hailey all ready for her party, waiting for her guests to arrive.
One of the crafts the girls did- they painted and decorated their initial. The little purses on the table were their favor bags.
It was a super fun night full of nail polish, make up, mud masks, movie watching, giggling, eating junk food, and staying up very late!