## Tuesday, August 27, 2013

### Water Cycle

Last week we had our Water Cycle activities.  My son has been watching some Make Me Genius videos and he specifically requested for this topic.

Here are our activities and the materials we used.

Below is a printed material I got from the internet.  Since I didn't have a book to showcase the water cycle to my little I randomly search for an image that can present in detail the water cycle. The image comes from here.

Below is a water cycle puzzle which I downloaded for free from this beautiful blog.  We worked on this last, when my son has absorbed the idea of the cycle.

For coloring and reading practice, I got these activities sheets from Kidzone. After we read the paragraphs and color the images, he ordered the stages of the cycle.

For a little craft and scissor practice I made him do a little project demonstrating the water cycle given the prepared materials (he prepared it with my assistance).  So with a mountain, land, sun, ocean and raindrops he arranged it in a way that it will explain how cycle works.  We used cottons for the clouds by the way.

He asked to use water colors to make the clouds gray :)

And this is what he came up with.  I asked him to indicate the stages so I can put a label.

Next post is on our experiment on the water cycle and later on we'll also talk about the weather and the clouds.  Weather cards which I prepared for our weather unit is now available. Click on the picture below for the link.

## Sunday, August 25, 2013

### Weather Cards

Recently our home country was hit by a big storm and there were victims of floods. My son kept on asking why is it happening (he also asks about storm, earthquake and hail).  And that's what we're going to do this week, discuss the weather.  I prepared these materials for our weather study.  We'll be using it to look into different weather conditions that affect our mother Earth and I hope these materials will help me educate my son how these things happen.

## Wednesday, August 21, 2013

### Updates on Math and Language

And so we've been doing language and math seriously this summer.  So here's what we have accomplished so far:

Language.  Initially we were working with kindergarten workbook, but he finished it in no time and seems bored so I upgraded him to a first grader workbook (bought it in a local bookstore) and so far he is liking it.  He loves the challenge and the work book got lots of reading comprehension exercises which I really really like.

And we are also working on digraphs using my Consonant Blends Worksheets. He has no problem identifying the consonant blends (beginning and ending) but when it comes to filling up the missing digraph, he's still a little bit confused in some areas.

Lastly, I we're using Singapore Math workbook (K1).  Compared to the workbooks here, I love the scope of Singapore Math.  It covers graphing, logic and more.  I ordered this book from my friend lives in Singapore and they can usually be bought here: Popular Bookstore.  They're very affordable, the only problem here is shipping cost.

## Monday, August 19, 2013

### Artist & Art Study ~ Piet Mondrian

Today we learned how to make art, the Mondrian style.  He is a Dutch artist who loves to use lines, and his famous work involves the primary colors (a good way to teach primary and secondary colors!)  My son described his work as Church windows :)

First, we read stories and facts about Mondrian and pointed Netherlands in our Europe map and identified its flag.  (This is a good way to review our Geography/Continent Study)  We used this resource from Making Art Fun.

I cut out strips of black cardstock and had my son decorate his own "doors and windows".  First he I made him use primary colors using crayons.

And the next one, I made him use paints in secondary colors.

And this is what he came up with.

I love how it turned it!  I'm keeping all our works from our Artist Study so I can frame them when I have the time :)

By the way, here's a Mondrian Song I came across the web (Forgot the link, but if you know it or own please let me know for the credits).   We sang it together while admiring his work.

Mondrian Song (London Bridge Tune)

Mondrian use lots of lines, lots of lines, lots of lines

Mondrian use lots of lines, in his paintings.

Black and white, red, yellow and blue, black, white, red, yellow, blue

Mondrian is famous for, Abstract Paintings.

## Thursday, August 15, 2013

### Whales and Dolphins (with links to FREEbies)

Here's how what we did for the past few days, working on our whales and dolphins theme.

Arts and Crafts

I printed out a pattern of killer whale and humpback whale from LearnCreateLove.com for us to paint.  We could out the different parts and had my son assemble it and add some decors on it.

Parts of a Whale

For the parts of a whale, we used our nomenclature card and booklet.

I also have a dolphin nomenclature and booklet set if you are interested.

We love using these cards.  My son loves to compare the parts of the whale to his body parts.  And we love our Safari Toob figures too! They're so detailed that you can even see the blowholes on the figures :)

The printable comes with an activity sheet for little ones to color and write a label.

Most of these were from the library.  I included a Tagalog book about whales because my son loves learning the Philippine's national language :)

Different kinds of whales and dolphins

One of the books has a detailed description of each animal so we used it to learn about the different kinds of whales and dolphins as well as our matching and fact cards.

(Click this picture for the link)

How deep do they dive?

I came across this wonderful site and downloaded their Teacher's Guide on Whales (for Kindergarten).  The document is a haven of information on whales and dolphins and it got lots of activities for you and your kids to try.  We did How Deep Do They Dive? pages 24-25 of the document.

We were able to differentiate which mammal dives deeper using the graph.

Whales and dolphins skip counting cards

And finally, you can also work on the skip counting with this cards!  Just click on the picture below for the link.

And that's it for our whales and dolphins! Hope this would help you in case you will try this unit.

For more FREEbies and printables, check The Pinay Homeschooler Shop and Downloads.

## Monday, August 12, 2013

### Whales and Dolphins (FREE Matching and Fact Cards)

Hope you guys would love these cards as much as we do!  The file is free for download and can be used used for whales and dolphins study.

We're having studying whales and dolphins this week and will talk about it in details soon.  We finished painting our whale crafts and waiting for it to dry.   We'll be putting it in an ocean backdrop which my son and I will be making tomorrow.

So to get your free cards, just click on the picture below.  If you plan to have a Shark Theme, you can read our activities here and here.