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Our Human Body Unit

Here is a peek at our unit on the Human Body! Our Book List: The Big Beginner Books About Me, by Dr. Seuss My Five Senses, by Aliki From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle How Many Teeth?, by Paul Showers My Hands, by Aliki Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body, by Joanna Cole We worked on it over the course of 4 weeks, and Haden really enjoyed it. šŸ™‚Ā We used the Me & My Body book from our Explore and Learn Series as our spine for the unit.Ā Our lapbookĀ from HomeschoolShare turned out to be our largest one yet! We had to use 3 file folders to put it together, and we didn’t even do all of the mini-books in the pdf. Along with our reading & working on our lapbook, Haden worked on making a model of the human body, labeling major organs, body parts, creating some bones and blood vessels, and of course a happy face. Somewhere along the way we made Apple Smiles as a snack, and watched this human body rap video. I thought about making this cake, but never got around to it. I might just make it for our Not-Back-to-School party next week!... read more

Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Our Unit Study

Those of you that read the Peek at My Week: Community post, know that I am officially not a huge fan of the book Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Such a Ā strange ending… However, we did have a lot of fun working on our unit study. I found this Literature UnitĀ for the book on the Confessions of a Homeschooler blog. $2. You can’t beat that! Unless you wanna design your own for free… and I don’t. šŸ˜› Haden is really LOVINGĀ lapbooking and notebooking, which is funny, because a few months ago I didn’t even really know what those were. In the next couple weeks, we will be starting a unit on the human body, which will include doing a new lapbook, among other things. Some of the highlights from out lapbook include: The life cycle, body parts & food chain of a penguin, mapping out the route the Popper’s took around the United States and writing a poem about penguins. (At this point, I am doing most of the writing for everything, and just letting Haden dictate to me. The spaces allowed aren’t really conducive to early writers.) Our flubber experiment, to simulate how flubber works to keep penguins warm in cold water! Plus, we watched the movie, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, for comparison. It really is almost nothing like the book. Guess which one I liked the best…... read more

SEEING the Ocean: Our Ocean Unit Study

2 days left and we will be SEEING the ocean! Smelling it. Hearing it. To build up the suspense and excitement of our upcoming trip to Key West and the Bahamas, we have been doing a Ocean Themed Unit for the past 2 weeks. It has been tons of fun, and with summer right around the corner, I figured someone might find this interesting! Our Book List: Hello Ocean, by Pam Munoz Ryan The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts, by Grame Base The Little Island, by Margaret Wise Brown The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor, by Joanna Cole   This was our very first time doing a lapbook. Honestly, although I had heard people mention them before, I didn’t really know what the hell a lapbook was until someone posted an Ocean themed one from Homeschoolshare on Pintrest. Homeschoolshare is actually a pretty cool website, with tons of freebies, and you know I LOVE freebies! Haden really loved the project. That boy seriously has a thing for notebooks, so making the lapbook was slightly thrilling for him. We also made the suggested “wave in a bottle,” using mineral oil and blue water.     It was a pain to have to do all the cutting for the lapbook, making my preparation for school more time consuming, but I think that Haden’s overall enjoyment of the process made it worth it, and I wouldn’t mind doing them every once in a while. I won’t likely be creating my own lapbooks from scratch any time soon, but for those that might be interested Homeschoolshare has 100 lapbook templates you can type on that are downloadable for FREE, in case the mood strikes you, and you want to get creative. šŸ˜‰ We did THISĀ Ocean Animals Movement Activity, which my kids actually enjoyed way more than I thought they would. They were so funny and cute, while being ocean animals. Octopi Clams We declared a Project Day! and used our time to create an ocean aquarium using a 2-liter bottle, which was a project we just stumbled upon while reading about fish in our Natural World book from the Explore and Learn Series. It totally seemed like a Curious George style project, and I have a sneaking suspicion that is why it appealed to Haden so much. Have Fun Learning has some free Ocean Activities for download. We only used the word... read more

Alpha Betti

We have really been on a role with school lately; I am loving Haden’s new interest in learning. I just happened to check out a book from the library called Alpha Betti, which is about a girl named Betti that goes on a scavenger hunt in her library, and she has to use alphabetical order to find the things that she needs. Afterwards, her teacher gives her a button that says, “Super ABC Hero.” She goes home and creates herself a cape that she covers in letters, and creates her superhero alias Alpha Betti, the master of ABC order. She then precedes to alphabetize things in her room to get more organized. Super cute book, but most importantly, it gave me an idea! This book would be perfect for a small unit study! Now my thoughts are churning about working with Haden to get more familiar with alphabetical order. He has been using clothes pins to work on number ordering (He loves this), so I think I will be creating him some ABC clothes pins tonight before I go to bed. Then, I just need to create a library scavenger hunt for us, buy material to make a cape, and brainstorm some organizing projects for the house that he can help me with. Good times.... read more

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