This week we are wrapping up for the summer! We have a couple of more waseca things to do, but I have a plan to cover things in a simple way. That way Bunny can study what she wants when she wants to. So this week we will be covering animals and some classifications of animals! Bunny and I combined several presentations today! Pup joined us for the vertebrate and invertebrate talk and then she left for other work! Bunny and I continued to talk and got into the 5 classification of vertebrate. I cant seem to find any good information about the classifications of invertebrate though. Does anyone have a good source that is simple and understandable? Anyway, we did that and I made a follow up work of making her own chart of the animal kingdom. It didn’t go as well as I thought it would, so we are saving it for another day. Here are some pictures of out work!
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Today we got right into out plant work this morning! Breakfast was a little earlier today and I really needed to make material for my presentation today (yes you hear me right, I made the material right before I presented)! Our presentation today was about flowering and non flowering plants. I was panicking because I really had no idea what was a non flowering plant (I learned alot as I research this morning)! I thought I needed to find pictures, but then I looked in the waseca masters and I realized that they were all there! I just needed to color them! Whew! I was so happy about that! So while I colored, the girls popped by and wanted to color too! So I printed off the parts of the flower cards for them to color! Pup just colored hers in, Bunny made a book with all the parts! The parts of a flower are something we have gone over a million times, so she knew what she needed. I did add Stomata though, so she learned something! 🙂 After she made her book, we wrote out the work plan for the day. Like I said before, this is working REALLY well for her. We sit down each morning for a meeting and talk through what she needs to do, then off she goes! She started with handwriting and then I gave her the plant presentation! Finally we did the stamp game and she read a book. Pup worked on a little bit of this and that. Here are some pictures!
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Well today I am happy to say we are learning all about plants this week!!!!! I have been crazy busy, so I haven’t had a ton of time this week to get everything together. However, I did manage to get a few new tray out for the week and I think we are going to have some fun!!!! Here is a look at what is out on the the shelves this week!
Yesterday we did the plant or animal lesson from the waseca study! Bunny did a great job talking about the difference between a plant or animal. I think that this was a good exercise for her to do because, although she can tell the difference between a plant and animal, she had a harder time putting it into words! I think that she had to think a bit more about what the actual difference is. She did a great job though once we got going. Pup love the little animals and she did a great job placing them under the right labels! Here are a few pictures of the work we did!
Well I really wanted to make some pretty landforms that were all ready for the classroom but right now, it just isn’t happening!!!!! I had a plan and it didn’t quite work! 🙁 So….since we are working on soil this week, I needed them today! So it was on to plan B! The next part of our Waseca Study was to talk about soil and water. After the soil and water presentation, we were supposed to head into landforms. So I used what we had to make the landforms and I think it was actually a success! I took a plastic container and some rocks, and the girls and I used the rock to make the different landforms. Then we poured blue water into the container! It was fun and it really made the girls look at the difference between the different landforms!
Well today we started off with some school work! It went well. Bunny wanted to work with the homemade lizard 3 part cards, and Pup wanted to do her math problems! So Pup and I got to work while Bunny worked on her own! Pup has been doing really well working with the sandpaper numbers and I am really proud of her. I have been starting to introduce her to letters as well since she has been asking and pretending to sound things out! 😉 She likes to know the sounds. I wanted to use the Dwyer Method with her in the reading, but it looks like we will be doing more PBG instead. I think ti will most likely be a combination of sorts. We’ll see!
As promised, I have pictures of our amazing soil exploration today! It turned out to be such a beautiful, very windy day! So after a bit of work time in the basement, we headed out to my husband’s construction yard. We have a bit of property that we use for our business and there is a ton of overgrown land. I thought that it would be the perfect place to dig a hole or two! So we loaded buckets, shovels, and containers in the car and off we went! On the way there, we talked about the different layers of the soil and about the different kinds of soil. We also talked about what makes up the soil. Bunny seemed to retain a great deal of the information! When we got there we looked around at all the different kinds of dirt that was around. There was topsoil, and lot of clay (which is the main type of soil here). After digging around a bit, we got to work making our own representation of the layers of the soil. We started with bedrock, then smaller stones, then subsoil (clay here), next we added some topsoil, and finally we added some organic matter (dead leaves that will add nutrients to the soil). It was pretty cool! Bunny made a small one in a cup. After we talked a bit about each layer and how the organic material turns into soil, we dumped out the big one and I offered to let Bunny make the big one again on her own! She did and she got all the layers just right! It was great fun! While we did this, Pup played in the dirt! She was SO dirty and so happy! She was running and grinning and scooping dirt the whole time! Here are a few pictures of our day! 🙂
Well the last few days I have been working with the girls on a few of the water experiments in the waseca biome study! Yesterday we talked about how water always flows down hill, and today we reviewed the water cycle! Since we did a lot of water cycle work this year, I sort of just did a review. Bunny really understands this, so I didn’t get into it too much more. Both girls enjoyed this work, and I think that the water flowing downhill will really be a great work to leave out! Pup really loves it, I just needed to wait for it to dry before I could let them work with it!
Today we jumped into our next theme~ Water!!!!! I of course made a few tray last night and we were all ready for school right away this morning! Here are a few pictures of the work the girls dug into today!
Today we had another work day and did another wonderful Waseca Presentation! This is one of the works that the they sell on their site, but I made mine using some nesting boxes that I had on hand. There is a story that goes along with the presentation that help the child see all the elements in a the universe and how they relate. It is simple and concise, and really cool! Bunny loved it, but is was too old for Pup. She worked on other stuff while I shared this with Bunny.