04
Jun

The Three Little Pigs

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We had so much fun focusing on The Three Little Pigs for our latest story.  Hunter loved the book and requested it several times each day.  Here are some of the fun activities we did to go along with the story:

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He made houses of straw, sticks, and bricks.  We talked about first, then, and last.

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We looked at his finished project and practiced retelling the story.

The next activity was one of Hunter’s all time favorite activities ever.  He had so much fun and kept playing with it long after we had finished.

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First we set built a straw house and put one little pig inside.  He used his wolf that he got when we went to the Great Wolf Lodge and pretended to be the wolf.

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Next we made a house of sticks and put two little pigs inside.

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Last we made a house of bricks with all the pigs inside.

Hunter loved, loved, loved acting out the story this way!

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We also made a wolf craft and

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a pig craft.

We had so much fun with The Three Little Pigs!!

27
May

Preschool- Letter E

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Apparently, I didn’t take very many pictures of our letter E activities because I don’t have a lot to share.  So, here are some of the activities we did for the letter E.

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Hunter practiced his cutting by cutting apart some elephants.

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Hunter eats scrambled eggs for breakfast every day so I cut his eggs into an E shape.

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He made this “E is for earth” craft. First he colored a coffee filter with blue and green, then we sprayed water on it so that the colors would run together.

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I made these cute chocolate eggs.  I just melted some white chocolate, then put a yellow M&M in the middle.

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Hunter glued eyes on the letter E.

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Hailey hid some plastic eggs in our backyard and Hunter did an egg hunt and found all of the eggs.

We only have letter R left to complete Hunter’s name.  Then we will take a break from letters until we start back to school in the fall.  Our focus this summer will be on reading lots of books and doing activities related to what we are reading.

(All letter E printables are from Confessions of a Homeschooler and 1+1+1=1.)

21
May

Bear Wants More

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One of Hunter’s favorite books is Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson.  We had a lot of fun reading it almost every day and doing bear activities during the winter. Since spring is here, I thought it would be fun to do some activities to go along with the book Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson.

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Hailey usually wants to join us for our activities, so if she is all done with her work I let her have some fun with us too.  She read Bear Wants More to Hunter many times.

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We got out our cave we made during the winter that had the hibernating bear in it and Hunter woke him up for spring time.

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Since new grass grows in the spring, Hunter played in some grass seed.

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The bear ate some grass in the story, so Hunter planted some grass.

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Hunter cut some grass and practiced his cutting skills.

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Hunter ate fish and berries, just like the bear.  He was roaring in this picture since he was getting ready to eat like a bear.

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At the end of Bear Wants More the animals decorated for a spring party.  Hailey and Hunter made some daisies to decorate for our own party.  We used cupcake liners and they painted the middle of them yellow.

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Hunter helped me to make a honey cake for our party.

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We hung up some more daisy decorations.

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The completed daisies that Hailey and Hunter made, and Hailey all ready to eat her yummy piece of honey cake.

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Hunter ready to eat his honey cake.

This book was so much fun!  We had a great time together doing these activities.

19
May

Homeschool Legacy Review

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We love unit studies here at Our Crafts N Things!  They are definitely my favorite way to teach.  It can be hard to try to pull everything together, so when I find a unit study that someone has already put together for me I get pretty excited!

Homeschool Legacy Review

We were given the chance to review a unit study from Homeschool Legacy.  I looked over all of the history unit studies and science unit studies available and had a really hard time deciding!  I finally ending up picking Weather on the Move.  Weather on the Move is a 67 page, 7 week unit study all about weather that can be used for grades 2-12.  Some of the units at Homeschool Legacy have a shorter duration and some have a longer one.  The units can be purchased as a digital copy or a physical paperback.  I usually prefer to have an actual physical copy, but this time I wanted the digital copy.  There are links that you can click on, so having it right on my laptop was definitely convenient.  There were some pages that needed to be printed, but only a few, so I didn’t have to use much ink.

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Weather on the Move is considered a “once-a-week unit study.”  The idea is that 4 days out of the week you do your usual homeschool lessons and activities, and a small part of the unit study, such as reading from a book.  You pick one day out of the week to eliminate your usual daily work and focus on your unit study.  Of course, since it’s homeschooling, you do what works for you. If it works better for you to break up the unit study and do a little each day during the week, that will work too.

The Weather on the Move unit study focused on a different topic related to weather each week.  The topics include: meteorology, the sun, the atmosphere, the water cycle, frozen precipitation, clouds, and extreme weather.  Each week there is a book list you can pick from at the library to go along with your topic.  There are plenty of books to pick from and even our small library had many of the books I wanted to use.  There is also a list of supplies you will need each week.  Many of the supplies were things we already had, but I did have to purchase a few inexpensive items.  Finally, there are activities suggested for the topic.  There are ideas to use for devotions, math, science, history, language arts, arts and crafts, field trips, and even family movie nights.  There is no shortage of ideas and they are all very easy to do.

So, how did we use Weather on the Move?

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First, Hailey prepared her weather journal by making a cover for it.

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The first week we focused on meteorology, and Hailey did some research about Aristotle.

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One of the arts and crafts projects was to build a terrarium.

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Hailey was able to follow the directions and get everything set up all by herself.

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It turned out very nice- and it is still doing very well several weeks later.

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Hailey did some experimenting with an “old fashioned” thermometer.  Everything is digital now, so she was pretty impressed with being able to watch the temperature go up and down.

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We did an experiment to help her understand the water cycle and what causes rain.

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Hailey made a rain gauge and has been very excited every time is rains ever since she made it :-)  She loves measuring to see how much rain we got.

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We made a cloud identification guide.  We printed pictures of the different cloud types and then glued the names and descriptions of the clouds onto the back of the pictures.

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Hailey took her guide outside each day and identified the kind of clouds she saw.

The activities I shared are just a small portion of the activities and ideas that come with Weather on the Move.  There are so many fun learning activities in this unit.  Both of us learned so much!  I felt like all of the activities and projects had a purpose.  There wasn’t anything in the unit that we didn’t learn from.  This unit study was definitely one of my all time favorites!  I very highly recommend Weather on the Move.  There are some history unit studies from Homeschool Legacy that will coordinate very nicely with what we are studying next year and I am planning to purchase those units when the time comes.

Hailey’s opinion of Weather on the Move: “I liked all of the projects and activities we got to do.  I liked making my own weather journal.  I really liked all of it, it was a lot of fun!”

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