## 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.

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 :)

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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Ciao!

## 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).
And this is a sample of how the picture cards would look like with cardstock borders.

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 :)

## Materials:

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.

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.

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## Sunday, May 18, 2014

We've been seeing a lot of snails in our place and I just couldn't let this pass :)  So I paid a visit to the library and borrowed a few books about it so we could do a little study on them.  We've never done this before as I am really scared of anything that crawls, but my son was into it and excited so I just have to give in.

## Materials:

Books about Snails.  Here I used Slugs and Snails (Minibeast Pets) and Snail (Bug Books). (Affiliates)
Snail Nomenclature Cards and Definition Booklet by The Pinay Homeschooler.  Click the image below for the link as well.

A snail.  We got this tiny fellow in one of our nature walks.

Activity 1:   In search of a snail
Prior to our lesson, we've been reading books and learned about where the snails live and when do they usually come out from their hiding.  So one day, after the rain, we set out to look for a snail that we can bring home.  We followed what the book said: look for snails in dark places, under the rocks, the bushes or if in a surface that is wet or damp.  It was fun looking for them and educational as well.  My son knows exactly where to look for them!

Activity 2: Observing the Snail
Once we have our snail, we put it in a tube (Safari Toob tube LOL) and brought it home for an observation.  My son named the little fellow Sally.  Seen on pictures below, we watched as Sally fed on the leaves, see how she moves and produces a slime to slide.