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Friday, October 18th, 2013
This week, I’m out of commission. I’m having some pretty major ear surgery this week and I plan to lock the bedroom door and let my amazing and wonderful in-laws watch the kids while I recover. In the meantime, I wanted to leave you with something to look through. I picked out some old posts that might be of interest. This post includes links to some of the Montessori 3-part cards I’ve made over the years:
Animals Around the World:
As I mentioned on Friday, ED has been working on her world geography. She has spent a couple of weeks going over the 7 continents again and working with some Montessori 3-part cards I made for her. They are probably available elsewhere, but I wanted both small cards to place on each continent and some larger ones so she could work on word-matching.
As she sang the 7-continents song (that I mentioned on Friday), she looked at the animal cards for each continent and placed them on the proper continent. Come see our 7 Continents Song you-tube video over at this post… the kids sang through the the song to help someone (overseas) learn the tune!
She did this with a large world map we have:
Another day, she identified and set out the satellite photos we have of the continents. These continent cards are available free at ETC Montessori (along with some other really nice free Montessori materials.)
Once she was pretty familiar with the animals on each continent, I brought out the Montessori 3-part cards. I printed out two sets of each and cut out the animals and word labels. She had to match them to the picture.
At the end of the week, I challenged her to match the word to the picture (without the control card)!
We also brought out all our plastic animals and she spent a couple of days sorting those onto the world map as well:
If you are interested, you can print out your own world animal cards. They come both as large cards and as smaller versions of the same cards. I’ve been doing this activity with the kids since they were about 3 years old. Here are the free 3-Part Montessori Cards — Animals of the 7 Continents:
After I made this post, someone overseas asked me if I could teach them the 7-continents song. The kids made a little video to show how we used these cards. Here’s the post – Kids Sing the 7 Continents Song. Or click on the picture which will take you to the post where the video is located:
- World Biomes Pin Map – This is perfect when you are studying the biomes — savannah, grasslands, tundra, deserts, etc.:
Here’s what it looks like once it is made. I first laminated the map. Under the map, I place a couple sheets of foam and a piece of cardboard. I place contact paper around all the layers to keep it together.
Rainforest Unit and 3 part Cards: See what we did with these cards and get the links to download here–Rain Forest Plants
Forest Animal Sort Cards (into mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians)
Montessori 3-Part Cards on Nocturnal-Diurnal Animals
If you found these useful, I would love to hear from you either here or over at my Homeschool Den Facebook Page! That’s also a great place to go catch up on some of the posts you might have missed lately. I keep a running list of all our posts there.
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Saturday, October 5th, 2013
I took this photo last year–the trees don’t quite look like this yet!
I love this time of year! Last Friday I shared some of the free fall-themed packets and indoor activities you can do with your 3-6 year old, but there are so many other great fall activities you can do with your child as well. Here are some of our favorites:
- just go outside and enjoy the weather
- collect leaves and do leaf rubbings
- go apple picking
- read fall-themed books
- decorate the house in a fall theme
- go for a hike at your local state park
- plant bulbs in your garden for next spring
- jump in a pile of leaves
- make an apple or pumpkin pie
- go on a hay ride
- drink hot apple cider
- visit a corn maze
- visit a pumpkin patch
- carve pumpkins
- toast pumpkin seeds
- let the kids use the camera to take fall photos
- go camping and have a bonfire
- make some fall crafts (visit the Crafty Crow for a HUGE selection of fall crafts!!)
- make pumpkin muffins (here’s my favorite recipe!)
Click here to download and print out a copy of this list:
You might be interested in our previous fall activity posts: Scroll through to see spaghetti tree craft, pumpkin pie scented playdough and other fall themed activities like the ones below!
Fall and science collide!!
Our hands-on fall activities when ED was a toddler:
You might be interested in this post: Why I Love Fall!
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Friday, September 27th, 2013
Get your 3-6 year old into the fall spirit with some fall-themed activities. There’s a huge selection of free packets to choose from… I’ll highlight a number of free packs I’ve come across:
Fall Pack from 3 Dinosaurs:
Leaves Unit by 2 Teaching Mommies
Fall and Thanksgiving Dot-to-Dots – Resources I mentioned last year about this time
Fall Worksheet Pack from Mama’s Learning Corner (ages 4-6):
Fall Fun Printables by Homeschool Creations (preschool and kindergarten levels):
Preschool Pack about Scarecrows from 2 Teaching Mommies:
Also from 2 Teaching Mommies is a free Pumpkin Unit
Over the Big Moon has a cute Autumn Fairy Packet for PreK and K
A large packet called A is for Apples from Oopsey Daisy
L is for Leaves Packet from All Our Days
You might be interested in these posts for 3-5 year olds:
Categories you may want to visit (which have posts related to these topics):
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Friday, September 6th, 2013
Someone asked me what ED is doing for science this year. (She’s in Kindergarten.) I’ve touched on some of this, but thought I’d lay it all out in one post and also share what she did this past week.
We have always done a lot of hands-on science. In the early years, I just want the kids to think science is cool!! We’ve done a lot of science experiments and I shared some of our favorite science experiments in this free packet. These are some of the experiments we’ve done when the kids were 4-6 or so…
Here’s another post with a few more experiments appropriate for the kindergarten age (roughly 4-6).
Three Fun Science Experiments for Kids
Other years, we’ve done various science units and really delved into one topic or another. I’ll link to some of the ones we’ve done at the bottom of the post.
This year, we may repeat some of these experiments, but I’m going to rely on some other resources to continue introducing ED to some basic science topics. What I decided for this year was to use a wide selection of science books and use those to jump off for a day or so. I typed up a list of our 50+ science books… most of these are probably at your local library.
I’m using many of these read aloud books as jumping off points. For example, this week ED and I read a couple of books about the solar system (below). I brought out our pretend solar system and some oriental trading planet sticker scenes I bought a while back. We talked about the planets, their sizes and distance from the sun, how hot and cold they are, etc. as she and DD put the stickers on the page. (No surprise, LD, my oldest, wasn’t interested in this. He did, however, quickly read through the books and said, “Whoa DD, did you know it takes Pluto 248 years to orbit around the sun!)
There are lots of resources out there to go into much (much) more depth. We could have done a whole unit on the planets, the moon and all that , but since we have a lot on our plate and since we’ve covered this before, I just wanted to touch on this with ED. For example, we did a lot hands on activities about the moon, etc. some time back. I’ll put some links in down at the end of this post…
The other three main resources I’ll be using for ideas for ED’s kindergarten science are from
- Cut and Paste Science,
- Science Starter (I liked the questions and topics in this book. It’s probably available used at Amazon) and
- The Pre-Level 1 Biology from Real Science for Kids.
For ED my goal is to touch on a lot of subjects that we might not get to otherwise. She’ll also participate in the units my older two are doing (coming up soon — Simple Machines).
We also have some “fun” science activities squirreled away. This week ED has been working on a dinosaur dig (yes, she’s in her pjs!! She wasn’t in a big rush to get dressed yesterday!)
So that’s what we’re doing with ED. She’ll be covering a lot of basic science through those books, fitting in short activities. Meanwhile, she’ll participate in the science units I have planned with the older kids.
You might also be interested in some of our previous astronomy activities:
Inner and Outer Planets — Activity – ED still has this in her science notebook. We took it out and looked at the inner rocky planets and our gas giants… and the asteroid belt.
Astronomy Unit (Moon Activities) Day 1
Moon Activities Day 2
Phases of the Moon Activity (plus homemade Oreo recipe! Yummy!!!)
Other Units We’ve Done in the 4-6 Age Range:
Animal Habitats and Biomes
Earth Science Unit
Human Body Unit
Natural Disasters Unit
Rocks and Minerals
Vertebrates and Invertebrates
Oh–I just remembered that last year we started out with some activities on mealworms that were a real hit too!
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
This week, ED is going to work on place value. She still needs work on her double digits (not reversing fourteen as 41 and so forth). There’s a game we haven’t played in ages called Sunny Side Up that is just perfect for reviewing those double digit numbers. I made some new game sheets for her and will share it for anyone else who might be interested.
First, here’s how to play:
*Make 5 dice with the numbers 1-5 and a sunny face. I keep a supply of wooden cubes from the hobby store on hand just for occasions like this!
*Each player gets a Sunny Side Up sheet. (There are 4 on each page below.)
*Each player takes a turn tossing all 5 dice at once.
*The player combines the numbers to cross off as many numbers on her score sheet as possible.
*A sunny side up can be used for any number.
*For example, if she threw the dice and had the following numbers 3 5 1 5 and a sunny side. She could cross out the numbers 55, 34 (3 and the sun) and 1 on her score sheet
*The first person to cross off all their numbers wins.
Click here to download the instructions and game sheets for Sunny Side Up. As always, it’s free to download.
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Hope you and your child/children have fun!!
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