I dyed several different types of pasta for Jack to use for a couple of his tot trays and to include in a rainbow themed sensory bin. Joe had fun with the pasta tray and sensory bin too They pulled these out lots the last couple weeks.
|Dyed abc pasta and sensory bin including pom poms, dyed pastas, silk flowers, flat glass stones (all from Dollar Tree)|
- paper plate rain craft--I had Joe color a paper plate all over with markers. We waited for a rainy day and when it began to rain he went outside running around in the rain with the plate. He came back in and let the rain drops swirl around on the plate. He LOVED this!
- Jack enjoying his ABC pasta tray.
- Jack painting with dandelions. He was so cute to watch. He thought painting with the flowers was funny:-).
- Jack making the cotton ball cloud for his rainbow after we read Barney's Rainbow.
- Jack's flower letter "F" picture made with flower stickers.
- Jack's finished rainbow.
- Joe doing Singapore math. He is measuring using legos as a unit of measure. Estimating the answer first, then finding out the actual answer.
- Having fun with the sensory bin.
- Dandelion painting on a paper plate. This could easily be made into a flower by fringing the edges and adding a green stem and leaves from construction paper--I intend to do this.
|finished danelion picture|
seasons book that included printables for each season of the year. We read books that included seasons of the year and Joe completed a My Book of Seasons. This is a really fun learning activity.
Joe and I are studying Benjamin Franklin in history right now. I have a couple science and art based projects centered around Benjamin Franklin that we will do over the next couple weeks.
Hanna worked on Science projects centered on flowers as well. The first was a flower dissection complete with a diagram (top two pictures). She also placed two fresh flowers (from my birthday bouquet) in a container filled with a layer of Borax powdered laundry detergent. She then completely covered the flowers with the Borax and put the lid on the container. She will remove them next Monday, and the flowers are supposed to be dried out, but look fresh (bottom two pictures).
The Door in the Wall, a book about a crippled boy living in a monastery--she said it was good, but sad--over weeks 3 and 4 of our homeschool. She also completed two maps, a timeline she made (as well as working on her Classical Timeline), and sketched a drawing of a monastery of her own design.
So far our school year is off to a very good start. So much more relaxed and slower paced than last year. I am not feeling pressured at all like I did last year. I am moving at the kids' pace and feel a sense of peace that this will benefit us all. I have lightened our load in the arts and crafts dept. and this is making us all happier. Our curriculums are so fun. I am happy with each of them. Jack is still doing very well with his "school". He asks every single morning to do "cool". I love being able to include him.
I can't wait to begin our insect unit! I've found so many ideas, books and crafts/projects. The only problem will be deciding which ones to include without including too many:-).
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