Thursday, November 10, 2016
So in this post, I’m sharing how we worked on understanding the history of North America, through famous landmarks figures and playsets that depicts the life of the early people of North America.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
It’s time for another 12 Months of Montessori Series and today I am sharing Mavi’s favourite book series. We have been using these books for years now. The books are all about the cosmic history to the evolution of man. The stories are accompanied by stunning images and time-line to follow. Everything in these books are just too magical and enlightening for him!
About the books:
There are three books in the series and each tells a certain period in time. Here are the details of the books which you can purchase from Amazon:
- BORN WITH A BANG. Story of the universe from the Big Bang to the formation of the sun and solar system.
- FROM LAVA TO LIFE. Story of Earth from the appearance of the first life forms to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
- MAMMALS WHO MORPH. The story of the first mammals to the story of humans.
When I asked Mavi how we’re going to showcase his books in today’s post, he suggested that we should make some kind of “interpretation”, similar to a museum but only in a series of activities. So I scanned and laminated his favourite parts in each book so we can do our “interpretation” of the story.
BORN WITH A BANG: how the universe was formed. Seen here, we replicated the bursting of lights in the universe forming into galaxies, stars and planets via the milk/soap/food coloring science activity. This was performed by Mavi and Vito. The mixing and contrast of colours looked like the big bang!
Friday, February 5, 2016
Monday, December 21, 2015
I was able to get some really great deals during the Black Friday sale. One of which is the Playmobil Native American Superset. As I mentioned earlier this month, Playmobil is one of the open-ended toys that we love and consider “educational” due to its historical figures and environment. This Playmobil set will be perfect for our American history study next year.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Up in the Sellfy Shop is our history timeline cards Ancient Times. The file includes the following:
- 40 timeline cards of the ancient times (occurred between the period of 5000BC to 500BC). The timeline cards has
- 40 definition cards for each timeline card
- 3 pages of timeline sheets that can be connected to form as a guide. The pages are in A4 paper size.
Hope you like it, enjoy!
Monday, November 16, 2015
- In each period, we will identify the fundamental needs of man: Spiritual (love, religion, culture/community) and Material (shelter, transportation, food and clothing)
- Identify the locations in the map where the event occurred
- Historical figures that played a major role in that historical period
- Be able to arrange the timeline cards
- Compare the impact of each period to Mavi
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Sunday, November 8, 2015
If you’ve been following us in Instagram, you should all by now know that Mavi is obsessed with world history. It all started with his fascination with Horrible Histories and then he started to borrow books from the library. That’s why I purchased the Story of the World books to feed his interest. We’ve been reading it for awhile and almost done with Story of the World Book 1: Ancient History.
I wanted to share with you how we study world history at home. Aside from our previous lessons of Ancient Egypt, Mavi wanted to learn about the history of Europe. So this is where we are focusing as of the moment. These cards are included in my Europe in a Nutshell file.
I just added the description cards for personal use, whenever we wanted to review the details.
The cards are currently displayed on top of my shelf so Mavi can work on them anytime. This is the best way to learn the time periods as well, like what’s BC and AD
After I introduced him to the time periods, he arranged the cards by himself. He was confused with the BC and AD at first but he later on grasp the concept.
Now, pictures and fact cards aren’t enough, we’ve got to locate these in the map! Here Mavi is seen locating Crete, where Europe civilization started. An understanding of geography and location will make the child understand the history and culture of the ancient people. We also located the Mediterranean Sea, the gateway of ancient Asians who entered Europe and where most of the battles occurred. The map is from the activity book of the STOW Book 1 printable version.
As I mentioned earlier, we are reading STOW Book 1 to go along with the cards but doesn’t entirely equate to the details I put in out Ancient Europe Timeline cards.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
- Eurypterid. A sea scorpion called Mixopterus was discovered in Norway. They ranged from 5 inches to over 7 feet long.
- Fossilized Fish. This is a Diplomystus specimen, typical of a surface feeding fish. The Green River limestone deposits in Wyoming, USA have beautifully preserved all the fine details of these fossils.
- Tyrannosaurus Rex Tooth. This tooth was found in Montana, USA. The T-Rex, one of the greatest predator possess the largest single teeth of any dinosaur. They used these double edge, serrated blades to slice off huge pieces of flesh.
- Dinosaur Foot. The discoveries of dinosaur tracks and footprints are grouped into similar types and they are given generic names. Anchisauripus prints were from a small plant-eater found in the state of Connecticut, USA.
- Ammonite. This is an ancient mollusc with a spiral shell. These marine animals existed for more than 135 million years. This species is known as Peltoceratoides and was discovered in Russia.
- Giant Crabs. Did you know that crabs evolved from lobsters during the Jurassic Period? This original specimens from Washington state, USA are among the finest preserved crab fossils having been buried in sand, soon after their deaths.
- Trilobite. They are one of the most important groups of early animals and their unusual appearance and age, make them appealing to fossil collectors worldwide. They first appeared in the early Cambrian period and become extinct in the Permian, 320 million years ago.
- Fossilized Frog. This fossilized species of frog is fully articulated and possibly the ancestor of the modern spade foot toad. This was collected in Wyoming, USA.
- Random magnifier glass
- Paint brush
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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From Amazon: “Lyrical, breathtaking, splendid—words used to describe Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey when it was first published. At once deeply personal yet expressing universally held emotions, this tale of one man’s love for two countries and his constant desire to be in both places captured readers’ attention and hearts. Winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal, it remains as historically relevant and emotionally engaging as ever.”
I was forced to read this book because this is the first book in the FIAR list that’s in our possession. Forced in a sense that, it doesn’t look interesting at all. The cover is lousy, with dull colours and doesn’t look like a children’s book at all.
But oh boy, I was wrong. It is true indeed that you should not judge the book by its cover. Once Mavi opened the book and started reading, we were glued! The story is so simple, yet it touched our hearts. Mavi and I immediately fell in love with story as we see ourselves in the character. We are expats, and we both love two countries. There’s depth and emotions in the story. After reading this book, we were so overwhelmed with emotions that we began missing the Philippines.
A very good book for kids. The book has large pictures with easy to read texts. I love the simplicity of it and how easily a child can read this. Now I understand why it received a Caldecott Medal :)
Now listen to my 6 years old son, narrating the story:
Monday, February 16, 2015
It’s a month of African studies in the house. Mavi enjoyed learning about this beautiful continent, its geography, exploring the different places and landmarks, the wildlife and habitats and of course the different culture and practices that makes Africa unique!
Map and Location. Just like in any of our continent study, we always start with identifying the location of the continent. Though Mavi is already familiar of the African continent, he still likes using our Montessori Continent Map, which I got from Tower High Learning. I got it for a reasonable price and excellent in quality! I purchased a few materials from them and will talk about it in a separate post.
Plotting the animals in the continent map. He loves doing this!
I am so pleased this this purchase of world map puzzle. I got this for 50% off in a local bookshop. We can work with individual continents or work it entirely.
Flags. We love working with pin maps! This activity is to familiarize Mavi with the different countries in the African continent and their flag symbol.
We love LEGO and we use them in so many ways! Here, I instructed Mavi to create the South African flag using his LEGO. This is a similar activity with our Asian Study of flags. After which, he worked on his African flag nomenclature cards. The picture card of the South African flag is in the wrong position, reason why I have to remind Mavi to be very careful in positioning flags because they might be interpreted in a wrong way.
Landmarks. Of course, we made our pyramid version using LEGO. This is what Mavi picked because it is easier to replicate.
Animals and their Habitats. This is by far Mavi’s favourite. He’s not yet over with his animal toys and still looooves playing with them.
If you have a preschooler, it is best to have a matching game. Using animal figures (these are Safari Toobs Wild), match the figure to the picture.
Or in case the figures are not available, you can still use the picture card and label (3 part cards) for a 3 period lesson in African Animals. Mavi still loves doing this even though he can easily read and finish the entire activity in a minute.
Another favourite activity is matching the animal skin patterns! Wooohooo! Aren’t these cool? Mavi was so enthralled with this! He did a similar activity on this here. Next time we visit Africa, we’ll paint the patterns! Your preschoolers will definitely enjoy this!
Again, if you don’t have animal figures, you can match the animal skin pattern with a picture of an animal, similar to the ones shown here.
And I asked Mavi to pick between a zebra and giraffe, he wanted to work on zebra… so here’s learning the parts of a zebra! This will familiarize children with the different parts of the animal, and how it is similar to other animals that they are familiar with. Another great thing about this activity for preschoolers, it will enhance their reading skills :)
And this how we study the habitats of Africa. Using our cards, we recreate the map of Africa with its biomes. We also identified the animals that live in each habitat. We follow the colour code of our map and cards.
Plants. We use our Plant Atlas file to learn about the plants that grows in Africa. We worked on the Control Chart as well, differentiating the plant life in each continent.
Language. Mavi worked on this briefly. I printed this African proverbs from here and we used Montessori grammar symbols to identify the nouns, verbs and adjectives in the phrases. This is also a copywork in case you want your kids to practice writing.
Culture and Beliefs. I’ve been doing research about Africa and made fact cards (significant) for Mavi to read and use. We did some of the activities in the cards, like creating African patterns (designs on textiles), researching about the ethnic tribes of Africa and enjoying the beaded bracelet my friend gave me that resembles African jewelries.
I’m teaching Mavi how to do research. We do it using the internet as of the moment but I would like to bring him to the library and do it there as well. We love our tablet and we use it so many ways! He loves how this girl looks.
And he thinks it is cool to have a lip plate!
Natural Resources. We did this last year but was not able to touch it because the boys got sick.
Art. I purchase art lessons from Deep Space Sparkle and they were all amazing! This one is the Africa art lesson which comprises learning how to make mud houses, giraffes, African patterns and creating your Maasai Tribe. See how he applied the patterns on the body of the tribe?
Videos. We watched the entire series Africa (BBC TV series) on Netflix. The series was beautifully created and entertaining! It was breathtaking! To see all those beautiful landscapes, different habitants, the richness of wildlife. Just WOW. Watching this video made us want to jump right then and there in Africa! (And a friend also shared a video of Gambia. Thank you!
Songs. We listened to a few songs on YouTube and see how the people used some of the native instruments.
Stories. I borrowed this book from the library and you can purchase them at Book Depository[aff.link] as well, free shipping! They contain lots of beautiful African tales and stories. Mavi reads them at night before going to bed.
World History. And to complete our unit, we did an Ancient Egypt Study. These figurines are from the Ancient Egypt Safari Toobs and they are awesome! Perfect for hands on learning! Read more about it here.
Here’s a summary of the materials we used in this Continent unit:
- African Flags
- Africa Animals
- Africa Landmarks
- Africa in a Nutshell
- Animal Habitats
- Plant Atlas
- African Art
- African Proverbs
- Safari Toobs Ancient Egypt
- Safari Toobs Wild
And that’s about it!! I hope you can pick up a lot of ideas that you can do with your kids! You can also checkout my pinterest board for other African activities. Don’t forget to visit us as well in our other social media sites for updates! Thank you!Follow Pinay Homeschooler's board Continent Study: Africa on Pinterest.
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