Continent Study of South America

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Map and Flags. Whenever we worked a geography lesson at home(for elementary only!), I always start with maps and flags because I wanted him to memorize the location and flags of certain cities from that continent.  We travel a lot, crossing countries and continents almost every year and so knowing all these is really important.  The Montessori Continent Puzzle is from Tower High Learning.

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Pinning flags in the map is an activity Mavi loves since we started geography year ago.   I printed the map from Super Teacher and used our pin maps from South American Flags (pin maps, 3 part cards, mini flags and all).

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Landmarks.  We identified the famous landmarks of South America and their location on the map.  I also showed Mavi some photos of my Dad (Mavi’s grandfather) in Brazil when he visited Christ  the Redeemer.  Mavi was fascinated that his grandfather reached South America during his travels!

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Galapagos Islands and its animals.  Using the Safari Toobs Galapagos, we talked about the unique animals that inhabit the islands.  I created identification cards (as reading materials for Mavi) so he will learn what makes those animals unique.DSC_0137

 

Animals and their Habitats. I love talking about animals and their habitats. My Mavi has always been fascinated with at different animals living in each continent. To start off, we review the different animals living in South America, these cards are from my South American Animals.  There’s so much information from these cards, like it indicates the class of the animal (mammal, reptile, bird etc), the habitat in which they thrive and the kind of foods they eat.  We also matched them with our animal figures from Safari Toob Rainforest.

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We also talked about the colourful animal coverings and patterns of the South American animals and compared them to those in Africa.  Just by looking at the animals’ coverings, you will know in which habitat they thrive.  Most colourful animals like that of Macaw birds and poisonous frogs lives in rainforests, while those that are grayish, thrives in deserts.

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Because we looked into the animals of South America, we examined the green iguana which mostly lives in that continent.  We haven’t worked on reptiles before, so this was a good start of learning the different parts of a reptile and differentiate it from birds,  fish, frogs and mammals.

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Plants.  Talking about habitats led us to discuss plants of South America.  These plants mostly grow in the tropical areas of the continent and the cold mountains of Andes.  These cards are from the Plant Atlas.DSC_0808

 

Culture.  I’ve collected important fact about South America and included it in our learning  cards for our South America in a Nutshell.  These cards are for older children who love to read and learn about the culture, lifestyle and religion of the people of South America. DSC_0714

The cards provide information how people dress up, what foods they eat, the products they export to other countries and the richness of each South American countries. 

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Because South America has brought us dances like Tango and Samba, Mavi and I watched a few videos online to see how these dances are being performed.

 

We also watched the festivals celebrated in South America, like the Tango Festival and the Carnaval in Brazil.

Other materials that we used are the following:

Natural Resources of the World – information about the different natural resources found in each continent.

Animal Habitats – contains collection of animals that thrive in the different biomes of the world. 

Major Rivers of the World – pictures and facts cards of the longest and most important rivers of each continent.

Another fantastic geography lesson we had early this year was the study of Africa. Click here or the image below for ideas and list of activitiesafrica copy

And don’t forget to pin this for later! You will definitely be needing this!

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Learning materials used:

  • South America in a Nutshell.  More about it here.
  • Animals of South America
  • Landmarks of South America
  • Flags of South America
  • Plant Atlas
  • Animal Habitats
  • Major Rivers Around the World
  • Safari Toobs Rainforest
  • Continent Map from Tower High Learning or from Amazon
  • Safari Toobs Galapagos
  • Color Recognition Activities and Learn & Play Link Up

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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    1.  Literature based learning

    A few weeks before we went on a vacation, Vito was enjoying the book Put Me in the Zoo.  He learned a few words from this book and the best part is he started loving colors!  And because of this, I set up a few color recognition activities to go with the book, while he’s still at it Open-mouthed smile

    First, we created spots!  We used dotted stickers and Do-a-dot markers.  At the start of the activity, Vito had a difficulty working with stickers.  He struggled removing them on its paper sheet thus he couldn’t work on it independently.

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    We love our Do-a-dot Markers and we are using it in so many ways.  I have these markers since 2011!

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    Still with stickers and markers, we worked on color matching.  Here, Vito is practicing how to match the stickers with the colors created by the markers.

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    2.  Color Mixing

    This is Vito’s first science experiment Open-mouthed smile  I poured some  blue and yellow paints on a ziploc, placed it on the wall for him to mix and see the effect.  And yes we do get a green color! 

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    We enjoyed mixing the paints and inserted some shape lessons as well Open-mouthed smile

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    3.  Color Sorting

    This was just a random activity, I have a few popsicle sticks and used it for color sorting.  It was more of a presentation on my side (showing Vito how to sort)  rather than Vito working. 

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    We worked a few more stickers and I was surprised that he learned how to do it on his own.  He’s able to remove the stickers from its sheet and can successfully stick them on a paper.

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    4.  Finger painting

    And lastly, another color mixing activity using some cotton buds.  As we do this, I would mention that blue and red makes purple, or red and yellow makes orange.

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    And of course, eventually he wanted to use his fingers!  I love love using our Giotto fingerpaints, they’re derma-safe (my kids have skin asthma and allergies!), no strong scents and most of all so creamy that Vito loves touching them.

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    Welcome to the Learn & Play Link Party!
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    Static Addition with Montessori Stamp Game

    Friday, August 21, 2015

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    When Mavi was about 5 years old, I introduced some complex mathematics using Montessori materials.  One of which is using the Stamp Game.  It is a Montessori math material that uses number tiles, in which the tiles are color coded to represent the units, tens, hundreds and thousands.

    Note that prior to introducing addition, we have worked with the decimal system already using the Golden Beads.

     

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    Animal Covers and {Learn & Play Link Up}

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    We are having a laid back summer and enjoying activities that are random. Just like this subject of animal covers.  I was preparing materials for our South America and Mavi couldn’t wait to use the cards!

    He loves animals and are always on the look out for things on how he can learn about them.  One time while sitting down and looking at the cards, I asked him if he can see any difference between the covers of animals living in Africa and that in South America.  He said that those in South America are more colorful than in Africa.

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    I talked briefly of how these animals adapt to their environment and use their covers to protect their selves. The animal covers can tell us where they live, their habitat, what they eat and their protection for weather and predators. Reason why those in Africa are more of brown-black and dirty white because of the desert and dry places while in South America, most live in the Amazon forest.

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    I love simple activities like this that you can easily whip!  Our animal figures are stored in a basket which I made available in the sitting room.  This will allow the boys to freely use the animals and learn about them whenever they want to. Our animal cards are stored in plastic folders so I can easily spot them and are also made available in the sitting room. 

    Materials are from Africa in a Nutshell and South America in a Nutshell.

     

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    Hands-on Learning About Bees by Mama’s Happy Hive
    Ocean Animal Color and Read Printable Book by A Little Pinch of Perfect
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    • Remember that you must link back in order to be featured
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    Practical Life at 21 Months

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    Last week I shared the learning activities that I prepared on Vito’s shelf.  Learning activities are usually done in the morning, after reading books.  It would about 15 to 30 minutes of play, depending on his interest.  Practical life activities are done in the afternoon, after se pick up big brother from school.  All our practical life materials are stored in kitchen, stored in the shelf but I can’t share it because it is a sight to behold Open-mouthed smile

    So for this month, here are the practical life activities Vito is working on.  These are rotated once in a while.

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    Scooping (hands) & Pouring Corn Kernels DSC_0631

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    Using left and right hand Open-mouthed smile

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    He loves touching the kernels!

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    Look at the chubby hand.

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    And that’s about it!  I am sure your kids will love these activities as well!  Don’t forget to pin this for later!

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    Don’t forget to check out our collection of Practical Life Activities, click the images below for more information

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