Life Cycle: Natural Environment I

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PicMonkey Habitats

The last part of the Life Cycle series is the study of the natural environment, distinguishing land and water environments and its living organisms.  The study of the natural environment is broken into two parts:  habitats and food chains.  This post is all about the organism’s habitats.

The two major environments that we talked about are those organisms that live on land and those that live in the marine environment (water). To illustrate this, I took out two containers, the first one is filled with water and the other with oatmeal that represents land.  Here Mavi sorts out the animal figures, for water and land animals.

Points to discuss here:

  • difference between land and water animals ex: animals with feet and fins
  • land have trees and grasses while marine animals enjoy seaweeds
  • land is dry with extreme temperatures while marine environment does not have extreme temperatures

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As we talked about the land environments, we revisit our study of habitats.  The land environment have forests, deserts and grasslands.

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You can get the Animal Habitat Cards here.  Using our definition cards, we talked about the weather conditions of each habitat, how the animals survive or cope up with their environment, what they eat and also discuss plants that grows on each habitat.

Mavi also tried to recreate the habitats, inspired by sensory bins.

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The marine environment on the other hand can be shallow and deep salt water.

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Download your FREE Marine Animals and Ecosystem here.

Though we cannot recreate the marine environment, we will have a few trips in the seaside for this next for a hands-on learning (since we’re going to a tropical country!). 

During the course of the lesson, I emphasized the meaning of the following words for vocabulary and let Mavi to practice writing it on a paper:

  • marine
  • environment
  • habitat
  • organisms
  • natural

Next week, we’ll talk about food chains.  This would be the first time I’ll introduce the subject to Mavi so this would be interesting as well. We’ll be using our animal figures to illustrate chains and food webs :D Can’t wait!

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Decoding the Cuneiform Writings

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Mavi loves this activity!  We’ve just finished Chapter 3:  The First Writing of SOTW and we’ve been doing this “decode the message” activity game the whole day.  Hopefully this will lead us to decode binary numbers and ASCII in the days to come LOL.

Picture below shows my son attempting to make his own code as well.  Oh I can’t wait to make another one tomorrow for him to work on!

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The Twister Experiment

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I am currently on vacation mode, so I am not keeping up with my planned schedule.  It’s the midterm break for Mavi and I don’t want to put too much “home” school activities for him as well. So we’re taking each day slowly, whip any activity I can think of if I feel it or if Mavi asks for it.  But other than that, we spend our time outdoors, doing a Harry Potter marathon and catch up on my workout as well.

As I mentioned, we’re doing random activities as of the moment.  And that’s what we did last week.  We have a few empty water bottles and we made use of it by making a shape of a tornado!

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Objective:  This is to demonstrate the shape of a tornado.

Materials

  • 2 two-litres of water bottle empty
  • water
  • duct tape

Procedure:

Fill one bottle with half full water.  Place the second bottle upside down on top of the half filled bottled water.  Secure them with a duct tape.  Turn the bottle upside down so that the bottle with water is on top (make sure to  stand the bottle on the table.  Hold the lower bottle with one hand and using the other hand, quickly move the upper  bottle in a circular motion counter-clockwise.  Stand the bottles upright with the empty bottle remaining on top.

The picture below is quite blurry, but I just want to you see the wonder on my son’s face. Precious!

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Results:  The water in the upper bottle swirls in the counterclockwise direction and this forms a shape that looks like a funnel as the water pours into the other bottle.  This funnel shaped formation is the same shape as the vortex formed by a tornado.

Vocabulary:

  • A vortex a spinning flow of fluid.
  • A tornado is a violently rotating funnel of air that touches the ground.

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Mavi enjoyed this activity!  We kept the water bottles for days and he keeps on doing those “shaky” things to make the tornado. 

For best result, it is recommended to use a washer in between the bottle’s mouth piece.

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Pumpkins!

Friday, October 24, 2014

No, we’re not carving pumpkins this Halloween. First, I don’t have the tools and second, we have no space for them.  So instead we painted pumpkins and stick them on the crystal window of my son as decors!

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Teeny Weeny Tot School

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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We’re celebrating a few milestones! 

First Vito can now sit upright in his chair. I used this opportunity to make him look at books and practice turning pages to master pincer grasp :)DSC_0654 

And we started to wean on his own! He insisted actually. I was feeding him and wanted to take spoon from me which I did. I gave him the opportunity to feed himself and he actually did! Well he didn’t get to finish his lunch but it’s so AMAZING to see him trying to scoop the food from the his bow and put it in his mouth! He was doing it OVER and OVER until he got tired until Mommy has to do it for him :)

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Sensory and weaning at the same time using a jelly!

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This soft sensory blocks is not a favourite at the moment. But I do love their colours and their different textures.  For now he just keeps on mouthing them and using them as teethers  (yes these are teethers as well). 

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He loves to touch it using his pointer fingers though.

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More pincer grasp practice using the chunky puzzles.

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Oh and definitely loves my homemade shakers :)

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I’m not into sensory bins as I don’t have the space to store them but we do have lots of boxes of animal figures (Mavi’s), and whenever I need him to get busy… I just give him these boxes to explore.  He loves to take the animal figures from the box and put them just on the side.

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For language, we did animal farms last week. 

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