FREE Butterfly Definition and Nomenclature Cards

Friday, May 30, 2014

Hello there!! Well here it is! According to the result of my "query" most of my readers wanted to have free Butterfly Cards... and as promised I am publishing it today together with the rest of my insect learning packs (available for purchase from my shop).

The Butterfly Study

Now all you have to do is click the image below for the link.  I am really hoping that you will like it.  If you spot an error, feel free to send me a message or note and I will correct it ASAP.  The book that we are reading inline with this study is Are You a Butterfly (Book Depository).  I decided to give a little review of the books that we're using next week once we're done with this unit.  The butterfly and insect figures that we are using are from Safari Ltd Insects TOOB and Safari Ltd Butterflies TOOB. For the card holder you can check this Cards Display Box from Amazon US.

Butterfly Nomenclature Cards

Next week, we'll be looking into the world of Arthropods!

The World of Arthropods

Remember our study of the Animal Kingdom? And the Mollusc (Snail)? We're exploring these animals one by one to help Mavi familiarize with the groups and learn which animals belong to each group, their differences etc.

So next, we'll have insects, then crustaceans...and so on.

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Here are the materials we'll be using for our Insect Study.  I have prepared them already ahead of time so I could save time and we might go back to the park to observe some insects in the pond or do a nature walk around our estate to look for bugs and ants.  If you are interested, click the images below to view details of each material or click the links below.
And below is a list of the books that we are using:
The Ant Learning Pack

The Caterpillar Learning Pack

The Grasshopper Learning Pack

The Insect Learning Pack

Keep visiting the blog or keep liking/commenting/sharing my Facebook posts so you'll receive updates of my freebies, because I'll be sharing again a free file next week.

Well, that's all for now.  Have a lovely weekend!

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Animals and their Habitats (Part One)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Objective:  To familiarize with the different biomes of the world and the animals that thrive in each habitat.    To learn the differences of each biome and be able identify their locations in the map.


Animal Habitat Cards by Pinay Homeschooler

 Habitat File

A wide variety of animal figures from Safarti Toobs and Schleich.



1.  Presentation of the habitat pictures, map and description of the habitat.  The pictures will give the child an idea how each habitat looks like, the map will give them a visual perspective of how "big" each of the biomes are and their locations.

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I forgot to mention that my son has a fascination with maps. That's the reason why I included the maps in the file as well.  I think it helps him to visualize the planet and what it's made of.


2.  We took the animal cards and identify the animals of each biome. 

3.  Using the cards, we took out his animal figure collections and look for the match of the animals (if we have one). 

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Now this is my son's favourite activity, the matching and sorting. He loves doing this activity over and over again.

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But of course, if you don't have animal figures to go along with this, the 10 animal cards for habitat that goes with the file is more than enough.

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And look who joined us in this activity!


Our next target his is to see how live in their respective environment, how they adapt and how they "coexist".

Till then!

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Hello everyone! Say hello to the smallest member of our family... Vito. That's his blog name.  I'd like to call him that because unlike his big brother Mavi, Vito is bossy and demanding, like much of a Don LOL.
Well, our little Don Vito has always been with us during our lessons.  Just sitting there in his Mamas & Papas Baby Snug (Green) Amazon UK (Amazon US), watching, observing and listening to our discussions.
And his big brother loves it that he's around.  Mavi adores him.
But now that he's in the "curious" stage, I started giving him baby activities, starting with those that can develop his fine motor skills.
And most importantly, I have to train him how to love the outdoors.
Exciting times ahead for our little Don Vito, Mavi and I!

Reading and Writing Numbers

Monday, May 26, 2014

I make it a point to make our Math a little bit interesting for Mavi. Yes, like some kids, he doesn't like Math (yet). So whenever we do Math activities, I try my best to put some twist into it to make it more interesting for him.

For example, this case he's learning how to write and read 3 digit numbers (hundreds). As I mentioned before he has no problem with reading, but writing hundreds and thousands seems off for him.  Like, he writes 324 as 300 24.   So this activity aims to help him practice how to write the numbers properly.

I setup six container box and filled it with the number tiles from our Stamp Game.  I also added a paper strip into it with color coded lines to guide him where to write the hundreds, tens and ones digit (same color with the tiles).


He's ecstatic to open each box and uncover the total number. 

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Arranging the tiles per column, he counts the hundreds (red), tens (blue) and ones(green) then write those numbers in the paper strip.  Then we practice reading the number, pointing that the zeroes are left behind.


Surprisingly, after finishing the 6th box, he asked if could do more Math.  So I took out our worksheet and work on some addition problems and I made him use our cube links.


He has an audience you see.


I observed that he only used the links when dealing with big numbers (tens) but otherwise, he uses his hands :)  DSC_0132

And there goes our brief update for our Math activities. I am still planning what to do this June and I promise to share my plans once I'm done.

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Animal Habitats Cards

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hello readers! I am happy to present to you my latest product and an addition to our favourite learning materials at home. 
I am finally publishing our Animal Habitat cards!  This learning material will familiarize the child of the different biomes in the world, and the animals that thrive on that habitat.  What inspired me to create this material is that, my son loves to sort out his animal figures according to the places they live. He would ask me "Mom, does tiger lives in the forest? or savanna?"  And it's pretty much hard to explain at times why certain animals can thrive in the colder regions and how others survive in the desert.  So I made this material so I answer all of my son's questions.
(Click the image for the link)
The file contains the following:
  • 6 pictures of the habitat (desert, temperate deciduous forest, grassland, tundra, taiga, rainforest)
  • 60 picture cards of animals (10 animals for each habitat)
  • The picture cards measure 3 3/4 by 3 1/4
  • Definition card for each habitat. 
  • The definition cards measure 6 x 3 1/4
  • Map for each habitat. The maps measure 7 1/2 by 4 1/4.

Here's a glimpse of the material once prepared:
This is the "rainforest" in red.  The picture cards in the file has NO BORDER color.  Because I ran out of white cardstock, I printed my file in an ordinary paper.  To make it sturdy I have to add a cardstock, thus the red border. 
Here's a closer look of the map and the definition card.  I know that some of you are using the materials in your class or community school, so I made sure that the picture cards and maps are big and clear enough to be seen in a classroom setup (not just for personal private use).
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When my son saw these, he was ecstatic!! He can't wait for tomorrow to work on his picture cards and maps!
So if your kids are on stage of animal obsession, why not try these material and have them explore the animal habitats of the world :)

Molluscs: The Study of Snails (Part Two)

Monday, May 19, 2014



We used the same materials as mentioned in my previous post.  Plus...

Mavi's Journal.  This is a sketchpad turned into journal.  He writes and draw everything he can think of in this pad.

Playdough.  We used PlayDoh for modeling our snails.

The Snail and the Whale.  This is my son's bedside table book which he borrowed from their school library.  Lovely book to read about saving the whale, traveling around the world encountering different animals and their habitats and a great book to teach rhyming words :)
Activity 1:  Life cycle of a snail.
I printed this out randomly from the web and discussed this with my son.  We previously had Animal Life Cycles so he's very well familiar on how animals reproduce and survive till their adult life.  Seen on the picture below he volunteered to add labels on the pictures.
Activity 2:  Parts of a Snail
We used our The Snail Definition and 3-Part cards for this activity.  I am a believer of this learning tool / method.  My son has been using nomenclature cards for 3 years and it has accelerated his reading skills, enhances logical thinking (for matching) and knowledge retention.
Aside from that, I urged Mavi to record what he has learned in his journal. I want him to keep a journal and learn how to record facts and his daily activities.            
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Activity 3:  Modeling a snail
We love playdoh and the things that we can do with it!  Here, we try to model a snail using our knowledge of its body parts :)
Here's my work (left) and Mavi's work is on the right side.
Activity 4: How snails behave.
We watched random videos on Youtube to see how snails behave in a close-up manner.

Most of the activities here are for school-aged children but the nomenclature card is worth a try for preschoolers.  The playdoh modeling was a hit.  I can see how my son reviewed the parts of the snail and seriously applied what he had learned in his snail model.  I was hoping if we could explore more of the other types of Molluscs but I decided not to push through.  I'd like to reserve it for some other time when I have enough materials for it.  For now, snail is good enough.

And that's the conclusion of our Snail study folks! This week we'll be having a new topic for our science but I am still undecided what to tackle.  It's going to rain the whole week so we're stuck at home again and these activities make staying at home exciting LOL.

Thank you for reading!

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