Shark Unit II (FREE Shark Matching and Fact Cards)

Monday, July 29, 2013

The second part (FIRST PART HERE) of our Sharks study is looking into the different types of sharks, what you need to know about each one and how they differ from each other. With this I used our Sharks Safari Toob and created matching cards for my little boy to play with (he loves matching activities!). Try to discuss the difference of each sharks basing on their physical features... my son love describing them!

Sharks Unit I (FREE Skip Counting Cards)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Today I'm sharing the first part of our Shark Unit (link to the second part). I bought the Safari Ltd Sharks TOOB and we've been using them non-stop.

100 Facts on Sharks is a wonderful book for learning all about these creatures. It got lots of shark pictures and provides fun facts :)

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[REPOST] Continent: Australia

Sunday, July 21, 2013

EDIT: Thank you so much to my reader Tracy for pointing out incorrect details of my animals. I have already corrected it and updated the link. Caiman doesn't exist in Australia.. and it's actually a mistake. It's supposedly crocodile but I got confused with my animal figures :( And all the while, I thought BBQ ribs originates from Australia and they actually think of it as American food! Thank you so much! I am so happy to learn all of these as well.

My family will be on vacation in the next few days and I have been cramming these days due to preparations. Aside from that we spend most of our days outdoors because of football practice, thus the lack of updates and post.

Last week, we worked on Continents, and the subject was Australia.  Was very happy that I found these books from the library.   My son loved the books for they had a lot of photos that made an impact on my son.  The books provided pictures of the people and the culture of Australia, which was very very important in our unit lesson.

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Now the materials I made were:  the maps, flags, postcards and stamps.   I also skipped printing the currency  because my son isn’t interested with it at the moment.

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My son also created the Australian flag out of cardstock (with a little assistance from me).  He knows by heart the number of stars on the flag LOL.

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I printed cards for the landmarks and foods in Australia.  We were supposed to make Pavlova, but since we’re not really a fan of sweets and pastries, I rejected the thought of making it in order to save time and money :)  Instead, we made BBQ ribs!!

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Then he started drawing each cards.  Can you guess each of it?  There’s an alligator(caiman), the boat in the Sydney Opera House, the Cockatoo, a Dingo and an Emu.
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Also, I made control cards for the animals in the Safari Toob Down Under for matching game.  You can download it from here.   Images were googled and if you wish to share it, kindly redirect them to  my blog or on this post for the link.  Thank you!

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We plot the animals on the map where they’re mostly seen in Australia.

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And to complete our unit lesson, I purchased the Kangaroo Nomenclature Card from Montessori Print Shop. 

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The next time we do Australia, I promise to add more materials and age appropriate activities.  For now, I think these are okay :)
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Artist Study ~ Vincent Van Gogh (Starry Night)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

We concluded our Van Gogh study with Starry Night.  We previously had Sunflowers and my son had a wonderful time painting like Vincent!

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We discussed about the colors.  With Sunflowers we were using bright colors... with Starry Night we're using darker shades like blue, violet and black.

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I also paint with him :)

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Here's my son's Starry Night rendition :)

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Next would be either Seurat or Mondrian. I'm hoping we could do a lot of Artist Study before the school starts this fall. 

I wonder what have you been doing this summer?

Have a nice day!

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Marine Animals Available Now!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Hello dear readers! How's everyone doing with their summer vacation? No travels for us this year as we are preparing for some changes that will happen in the next few months :)  Anyway, just wanted to share my new materials for our Ocean Theme this month.  We haven't started yet as I have been experiencing severe migraine due to the heat.  Hopefully, the heat will alleviate a little this week so we can start this unit study.

The Fish (Nomenclature Cards and Booklet)

The Fish Preview

 

The Shark (Nomenclature Cards and Booklet)

The Shark Preview

 

The Jellyfish (Nomenclature Cards and Booklet)

The Jellyfish Preview

The Humpback Whale (Nomenclature Cards and Booklet)

The Whale Preview

The Bottlenose Dolphin (Nomenclature Cards and Booklet)

The Bottlenose Dolphin Preview

Hope you'll like these as much we do!  And you'll find more materials and FREEbies from website:  The Pinay Homeschooler Shop and Downloads.

Happy Monday to all!

Artist Study: Vincent Van Gogh

Friday, July 12, 2013

We're doing Vincent Van Gogh this week.  I plan to give "art lesson" every week till the school starts to keep the little one busy as we decided not to let him join Summer Camp this year. 

We have this wonderful book as our reference.

First project:  painting Sunflowers like Van Gogh

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Learning how to use big brushes for backgrounds and we talked about the different "strokes" in painting.

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Here as seen on the picture below, I let him talk about the colors Van Gogh used in his painting.

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For painting objects, we used small brushes.

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His and hers :)

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Animal Figures and Cards

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Oh how much my son loves these!!  He loves to sort all our figures according to continents or arrange them alphabetically.  Now I made these pocket containers for my continent cards (animals) according to their Montessori color code. 

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I got my figures from Safari Toobs and  Schleich .  I place everything on a basket and my son would just sort them accordingly. DSC_0743

Here's how they look like, showing 5 animals per continent.

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Each continent set has 11 animals on it and my mission this year is to complete my figures so I can have all the animals representing each continent. 

Continent animal cards and other FREEbies are available at Pinay Homeschooler Shop and Downloads.

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Botany Unit: Seed

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Because is school is finally over and we're enjoying days of cuddling and story telling, I almost forgot to post our Seed Unit.

So here are my materials: Seed Nomenclature cards and Booklet, mung seed sprouts and other sample of seeds.

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First we made mung beans sprout.  This is an excellent way of showing little ones how beans turn into plants.

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We "harvest" the sprout and dissected it.  The only problem with mung beans is that they're so tiny!

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  The 3 part cards.  I have to say that we've been doing nomenclature cards for 3 yrs and it helped a lot in my Mavi's reading.

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Matching seeds.  The containers are from a Beauty Travel Kit which I got from a Euro store.

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Now how I wish they all looked different! LOL. 

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Mavi was so happy when he saw the little leaf inside the bean.  A perfect way to show him the epicotyl (embryonic shoot).

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Introduction to dicots and monocots.  This is an quite advance topic and I know it will be hard for him to grasp the idea as of the moment. So I just showed him that the mung beans are dicots because it has 2 cotyledons.  To demonstrate, I made him dissect the beans and he said "Oh yes, there's two of them!".

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Worksheets.  This is his favorite part.  He loves coloring and writing the the labels of each part.  These sheets are included in The Seed Pack.

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And that's how we go about our Seed Unit :)  As of the moment, we're on a homeschool-break... you know just doing random stuff at home like painting, arts and crafts, legos and watching kid-friend movies and animation.  Next week we'll have Ocean and Marine Animals.

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