Sunday, October 31, 2010

T-Turtle Plan

2 more days for N-Nest and here's our plan for T-Turtle
Besides the normal drill for MFW, we have these supplements:
*Some interesting facts/videos/photos here (leatherback turtle) and here (loggerhead turtle)
*Watch animated Tortoise and the Hare Aesop's Fable here
*Make a turtle paper plate craft or bowl craft
*Make a wristband craft here
*Do a turtle puzzle, patterns, prewrting skill(for preschooler) turtle color match all from here
Our booklist
The Race (Caroline Repchuk)
Most of our books still in reserved...hopefully some will be here soon!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

N-Nest Plan

This is our plan for the N-Nest unit. 

Best Nest (PD Eastman)
A first book about animal homes (Nicola Tuxworth)
A nest full of eggs
My first books on animal homes (Eric Carle)
Animal Homes (Usborne)
A House is a house for me Baby Bird's first nest (Frank Asch) - I like this guy 
Silly Little Goose
Are you my mother? 
Grasshopper on the road (a new home) from the apple unit is great here too 

 Other supplements:
Good information on animals' home online here 
Matching animals to home cards 
Online Animal home game 
Nests videos
Nice easy tree/nest craft 
Try this nest snack recipe 

Other great preschooler number match or games here 

 Bible Verse: Ps 90:1 Lord, through all generations You have been our home

Apple Unit Part 3

There were other books I reserved from the library that didn't come in time for the unit (so now I reserve them 2 units in advance) I LOVE the reserving system in the library though. I didn't need to spend a cent! These books were wonderful. We like the Johnny Apple seed book on the bottom and ten apples up on top and "apples apples apples" most.
We didn't have space to put up every worksheet he did.

Apple Unit Part 2

These are the other supplementary activites we did on top of the usual "drills" of MFW. My son doesn't seem to mind the drills, I think he find the routine comforting...he knows what to do with those worksheets. Apple Tree Seasons was a fun craft and we do like Ten Apples up on top!

Apple Unit Part 1

We had a lot of fun for this unit, even though we were in the midst of a big house move while doing the unit. I'm so glad I prepared the unit during my vacation BEFORE the move or else we would have had a really bad time.

Apple tasting was the BEST event. The kids LOVED it!

Johnny Appleseed and learning about him was another hit. They LOVED the disney's Johnny Appleseed movie (found on youtube)

and of course, we had to bake our favorite Apple Crumble (and shared some with our new neighbors)

Friday, October 8, 2010

L-Leaf Unit part 2

L-Leaf Unit part 1

Because: 1) we weren't planning on doing the unit yet we did 2) my color printer went out of color (then I realized it didn't) 3) it rained and rained and rained 4) we're sort of on vacation...

The L-Leaf unit was less activities.

We did (besides the drill work of MFW)
*Leaf sorting (I drew, cut and laminate the "leaves" myself). Nope. Big Gal didn't like it
*Picked a leaf from a plant and discussed it. But you can see...after 2 weeks this leaf is RESILIENT! haha. But we did have a discussion after the tornado/microburst that hit NYC, to see the dea branches on the road about staying in Jesus. Now here's when a child gets really good. He asked me "but leaves that stay on the tree also die (referring to fall)". hmm...
*picked leaves (FINALLY!!!) I intend to laminate and make into placemat
*Talked about parts of leaves
*Played some board games
*did the chicka book (I love it!)
*made a mini L book 

The kids' favorite book for this unit: Caps for Sale!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A-Apple Unit Plan

We're still on vacation and not quite done with L-Leaf unit. Cos it had been raining and raining and raining and we can't get any leaf outside!! I still hope to find some real leaves and make some simple art to finish the unit.
But, I've been planning for the A-Apple unit and I was so excited at the things I found!! Man! We could possibly use TWO weeks for this unit! So much fun stuff to do! But we'll be moving and start the unit possibly at our new place, so it can get pretty crazy.

Anyhows here's the plan for all the supplementary activities
Johnny Appleseed Lapbook (we're using some components only) (find it at homeschoolshare)
Johnny Appleseed movie (old Disney movie that you can find on youtube)
Apple Tree in different seasons craft
Ten Apples on Top activity (great for preschooler)
Many folder games for the K'ner and preschooler:
Apple Matching game
Worms in my apple counting game

Fun worksheets/activities
Apple magnet page or mosiac
Apple Patterning Dot to Dot
Some counting page or other activities here
We might do some apple cooking
Apple Crumble (we LOVE this recipe)
Pioneer Woman's Apple Brown Betty

And I've already reserved these books from the library
Johnny Appleseed - A poem
Johnny Appleseed (Gini Holland)
Johnny Appleseed (Steven Kellogg)
Ten Apples up on top
The seasons of Arnold's apple tree
How to make an apple pie and see the world
Apples Apples Apples
A tree is a plant
The apple pie tree
Grasshopper on the road

There were other books recommended by others but I can't find them in the library I thought this one might be interesting 3-in-1 a picture of God I can't wait to do A-Apple!! =)