Homeschool Week 5

We had a great week in our homeschool. We love to add hands on learning where ever we can.

In History we learned about Abraham, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph. For Geography Raspberry and Blueberry made aged maps of Greece. They labeled the map with information we have been learning about. Once labeled they crinkled it up and dropped it in a pot of tea. I pre-cooked the tea and allowed it to cool while the girls made their maps.  They soaked the maps in the tea for 20 minutes. They then removed them and allowed them to dry. To protect them they placed them in a sheet protector before filing it in their history binders. This was such a fun hands on craft for geography.

In science the girls practiced separating compounds.

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Strawberry worked a lot in her writing journal this week. This writing journal is amazing, it allows her to practice different pencil directions while also working on her fine motor skills.

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In preschool we also learned about direction and the difference between left and right with these fun games.

In sensory play we had fun with water and testing our color mixing

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We also did a letter craft this week. Our book of the week was The Foot Book and we did F is for fish for our craft.

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F is for Fish

Our letter of the week this week was F, so we chose to do F is for fish for our letter craft.

I printed this f is for fish template and traced it onto yellow, white and black construction paper. I cute out the pieces and place all the pieces in a gallon zip lock. I prepare all of our letter crafts to make the craft time run more smoothly. This allows Strawberry to jump right into the craft and not have to wait for me to cut something out.

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With everything prepared ahead of time it made it very easy when it came time to do the craft. I handed her the supplies, helped with glue when she asked and gave her ideas on where she might want to place pieces, but the rest she did herself.

 

Here was our finished product

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Left and Right Foot Game

We had a ton of fun with this game. It went perfect with our book of the week, The Foot Book. It allows gave us a chance to learn and practice left and right.

I used this footprint template. I printed a few different sets, labeled them left or right and them laminated them. I laminated them so we could get more than one use out of this craft, which came in handy because she had so much fun she wanted to do it over and over.

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We talked about which direction was left and which was right. I then taped the feet to the floor and we said left, right, left, right as she would step on each foot.

 

Separating Compounds Experiment

The girls had fun with our separating compounds experiment in chemistry this week.

This was an experiment to go along with our states of matter and properties of matter lesson.

Supplies:

  • salt
  • sand
  • coffee filter
  • funnel
  • cup
  • tray

 

The girls observed and noted the different characteristics between salt and sand.

Then they mixed the two together. Once mixed together they attempted to separate them. After realizing separating the two compounds by hand was not possible they then added water and mixed.

They used a funnel and a coffee filter and poured the mixture into the funnel. Mixing allowed the salt to dissolve in the water so the salt water was able to pass through the coffee filter but not the sand.

They then poured the salt water on a tray and allowed it to dry.

The sand collected in the coffee filter and after a few hours the water evaporated leaving only the salt in the tray.

This was a very fun to practice a different way to separate a mixture of two compounds.

Ee is for Egg

Our letter craft for the week was E is for egg.

Supplies:

  • Giant Letter e
  • egg cut outs (I hand drew these on construction paper)
  • glue

 

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I pre-cut and prepare all of the crafts ahead of time. This makes everything run smooth when it’s time to do the craft. Once I prepare a craft I place it in a bag.

When is came time for the craft I pulled everything out of the gallon bag and gave it to Strawberry.

I explained to Strawberry how to place each piece. She is getting really great at following directions.

 

Strawberry is getting better and better everyday at completing our “follow directions” goal for this school year.

Here is her completed e if for egg letter craft.

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Rice Sensory

We used rice for our sensory activity this week.

Supplies

  • Rice ( I used two bags for the size of my container)
  • container to hold the rice
  • whatever object you want to use for the hunt ( I used plastic eggs and the letter e)

 

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I filled the container with the rice and barred the letter e’s in the rice. I then let strawberry lead the event. She grabbed a few of her sand toys and started the e hunt.

After a few minutes I grabbed these little plastic eggs we’ve been collecting. These come inside the Kindereggs my girls love to eat. We love to up-cycle and here’s one of the ways do it.

I placed e’s inside the eggs and hid them in the rice.

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We talked about what letter she was finding as well as what sound that letter makes.

 

Flour Sensory

Strawberry had a blast with this sensory fun. We went digging for the letter Ee.

Supplies

*disclaimer* you will want to do this activity outside, it got very messy and being outside made for very easy clean up with the hose.

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I blew up the mini pool and filled it with flour along with a handful of letter e’s

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I then let Strawberry take the lead as she played in the flour while looking for the hidden letters.

As you can see she loves to touch her face so this quickly got everywhere. Isn’t that part of the fun in sensory play though? My thought is, as well as hers, the messy it is the more fun it is.

Of course you have to use your feet as well.

Strawberry had so much fun and of course when we were done we cleaned up as much as we could and then used the hose to get the rest.

 

Upper and Lower Case Ee matching

We had fun playing this game that went perfectly along with our book this week, Green Eggs and Ham. 

Supplies:

  • scissors and crayons to prep the activity
  • 2 plates
  • Green eggs and ham print out
  • 2 circles

ham and eggs

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To prep the craft I printed the eggs and ham. I colored them, added the letters and cut them out. I also cut two larger circles using white card stock and wrote the letters on them.  I then put this in a bag. I always prep crafts like this so they are ready to go when we want to use them and Strawberry doesn’t have to wait to do the activity.

When we were ready to do the activity I pulled out the above pieces and two plates.

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We talked about the difference between the upper and lower case Ee. I placed a circle on each plate and gave her the green eggs and ham. From there I let her lead the activity and helped with verbal ques when needed.

Strawberry loves learning and is always so excited when she learns new things or finishes a new activity.