I find these lists just interesting, they always make me want to do something on those funky days. 🙂
We started working on the Winter Wonders unit study/lap book from DownLoadNGo. You can also get it from The Old Schoolhouse store, where you will find it here for $7.95. We did day one and day two. Not all of it, but most of it. It was actually fun. I made Justin write out the words that he could. He’s very good at copying letters just as I write them… So I’m TRYING to be neater in my writing! Sometimes I think that’s a lost cause though.
Day one consisted of learning about Seasons.
Day two consisted of learning about Snowflakes. 🙂
and yes, it was a bit more involved than that, but basically that’s what we focused on. 🙂 AND since it is winter here, we went tobogganing on the SNOW! 🙂 We had a WHOLE lot of fun tobogganing, other children were out in the hill too which of course made it all the better. I’ve decided I need to lose some weight so I fit into my splash pants again. 🙂
We are hoping tomorrow to go visit the London’s Children’s museum in the late morning, early afternoon, but in the morning I want to see about getting the lad to paint with ice cubes. See if it’s possible to do that as an experiment. Should be interesting. It was suggested as a fun activity through the DNG study. Found it here.
OH! How did the lego fit into all of this? the Lad got lego for Christmas. I wanted something bigger to keep it in so I bought some bins on Monday and today we sorted them out and played and talked. it was a good time to go over again what we learned during the study. We had some fun figuring out what evergreens are called. I said.. Are they called everblacks? NO!!!! was the laughter back to me.. they are evergreens mommy! they are green not black! 🙂 It was a good moment. We sorted and talked and played, and then went outside and played some more. We also had some of Dad’s fresh made bread…YUMMY!
Stained Glass Jesus Craft. I found this site through Totally Tots.
Justin in establishing the parameters for this craft. Mommy, does it have to have words on it? can I put bunnies on it? what about a hare? Can I do something different?
Me — You can do whatever you want buddy, as long as we can make it, and make it fit on the paper.
J — oh, yes, I want to make it!
Nativity Pop Up Cards
Once again, he needed to establish the parameters around this. Could he make it different? Did it have to be a people picture or could he make it with bunnies, or cats, or robots ….. I figure it’s a craft, and yes I want to encourage biblical knowledge, but it’s a craft. 🙂
Preschool Christmas crafts.
he was intrigued by these as well.
This one I’m to print off tonight and get ready for him so he can help gramma with it tomorrow.
He wants to do this one as well. 🙂
I haven’t had a chance to go through all the links on this page yet, but I”m sure some of them will intrigue the lad.
The Compound words one intrigues me, but it isn’t something that he is ready for at this point.
1. the fine art of measuring and shaking to make gifts in a jar. We did this one:
About This Recipe
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups M&M’s plain chocolate candy
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Mix baking soda and baking powder with flour.so you can add flour mixture into one layer.
- Layer ingredients in order given into a wide-mouth. Press each layer firmly so it will all fit in the jar.
- Attach these instructions to your gift.
- Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl.Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix.
- Add 1 stick butter or margarine, very soft. (please do not use diet).
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
- Mix until completely blended. you will need to finish mixing with your hands as this is stiff.
- Shape into balls the size of walnuts.
- Place 2″ apart on sprayed cookie sheet.
- Bake in preheated 375° for 12-14 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
- Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet.
- Remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.
2. Computer game: 1st grade, reader rabbit.
Learning how to add numbers, learning first and last parts of words and such like. Did he learn much? not sure, but he had fun and had to figure things out as he went along.
3. Trusting God to get us home safely.
had some scary moments travelling around in a winter storm.
Listening and following instruction is always a good thing to do. He had, as usual, a really good time.
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Ah…animal lovers…here we come. DownLoadNGo has a unit study/lap book on Critters and how they hide. 🙂 Creation Camouflage available now. 🙂 Creation Camouflage was the review of the week for DownLoadNGo. Given that it is the Christmas Season, we had five days of an incredible amount of snow falling with needing the help clear it, we only brouched two days of this study. Day one and day four. All told we got about four feet of snow, which compacted down to 2-3 feet. It was heavy sloughing for a while. Download N Go studies are 5 day – complete unit studies. All you have to do is “download n Go”. There is no prep work needed!! They have lap book elements so it’s easy to turn your work into a lap book. Lots of graphics, lots of links, lots of information, and a really good book list which you can use or not.
Each day has a particular focus.
Day 1: Hiding in Plain Sight
Day 2: Getting to Know the Rain Forest
Day 3: What Is in the Desert?
Day 4: Hiding in the Ocean
Day 5: Cool Things About the Tundra
My lad was absolutely fascinated to learn that hunters and the hunted can use the same way to hide! Tigers can use stripes so what they are looking forward can’t see them, and at the same time what they are looking using stripes so they can’t be seen! Absolutely amazing for him to learn this. Having a bunny with a white coat on white snow was a good way for the bunny to hide…but I can still see him mommy. Showing him a brown bunny on snow made it really clear to him which one was easier to see. For a boy who likes bunnies and cats VERY much this section really worked for him.
🙂 I was able to remind the lad how we found the Cicada shell on the bike in the backyard and on the tree bark and which ones were easier to see, and how we found one still alive that had just crawled out and how it was able to cling to the bark and when we were farther away from it how hard it was to see it.
And how can one hide in the ocean? “It’s just water mommy.” He learned that in the ocean there is much more than water. There are plants and rocks and coral…. and all the fish can use those things to hide in. Learning about how a squid hides was hard for him to really get a grasp on until we played a computer game called Animal Genius from Scholastic. On that is a game where the octopus has to hide from a fish by using his ink! That was FUNNY and it worked “HE GOT AWAY MOMMY!”. was hollered with great excitement!
What my lad likes about these studies is he has lots of opportunities to draw things. He doesn’t always like what he’s asked to draw, but often he can encouraged to do so, or we find a new way to do things (aka can you trace over top of this drawing?). I love the fact that there are so many links included that finding different ways of doing an exercise isn’t very difficult at all.
Creation Camouflage will be on sale from Dec 13-18 for $5.95 at DownLoadNGo.
You can read other reviews here. And did you know that DownLoadNGo has a blog? Yep, you can find it right here. 🙂 Catch all the latest news.
Oh and Guess What? I’ve been allowed to offer up ONE copy of this study for you! Isn’t that cool? Leave me a comment by December 23rd with your favourite camouflaging animal. Tell me what makes the animal interesting. 🙂
There’s a contest up at DownLoadNGo...but I think it may be over by the time I get this posted. 🙁 Sorry about that.
As part of the DownLoadNGo Review Team I received a copy of for my free and honest review. I liked it and hope to finish it in the new year with my eager animal lover son.
Today we got together with a family from our homeschool group. We made cookies. 🙂
We had fun.
Got to know each other a bit more.
The lad played with her four children.