I can’t believe that it is already time for our next homeschooling post! This is the time of the month that I give my readers a sneak peek into our homeschool days throughout the month. Telling you what we loved, what we didn’t love and what we added. We are going through My Father’s World God’s Creation A to Z as well as their Preschool Curriculum.
This will a longer post than usual since we had a 100th day of school party filled with lots of fun things!
This month we tackled Penguin, Kangaroo, and Zebra
(We skipped over Elephant for now because the library had no elephants in when we needed them, so we will try next month!)
My kids absolutely love penguins. They always have. Every time we go to the zoo they insist that we go to penguin exhibit and stay there for much longer than we need. The penguins at our zoo don’t do anything. They are afraid of the water so they just stand around. To me, they are boring, to my children they are fascinating.
I just love this priceless picture of the Big Guys’ face when he saw the penguins tobogganing!
They also love penguin books, movies, and stuffed animals. So when I told them that we were going to learn all about penguins they were nearly as excited as they were when we did the space units.
The best activity by far in this unit was the pretending to walk like a penguin. This was also a large motor activity and they loved it. I could not stop laughing at them. Then on their own they decided to launch off the couch like penguins diving into the ocean to eat. It was so funny! Definitely, a lesson to remember.
Since they love penguins we sort of went book crazy at the library and brought home way too many books! Most days I was reading at least 3 books on penguins. Their favorite book though was the MFW selection for the unit, Tacky the Penguin. Oh my, how they laughed!! I loved it. I was so glad that I brought home a second book in the Tacky series because they enjoyed it so much. If you do MFW Kindergarten, don’t skip reading this book!
I didn’t think that this unit had a lot of hands-on activities as they normally do. So I found this fun science experiment on Pinterest, how do Penguins stay dry? They had a lot of fun with this one and it really made the waterproof feathers make more sense to them. And then they got crazy and soaked their papers…
The activity that won their hearts was learning all about icebergs. I did not realize that this would fascinate them so much. We ended up sidetracking one day and learning all about icebergs. I love that we can do that with homeschooling. We can take the time to research things that they love and not just gloss over it. Homeschooling for the win.
We froze two bags of water. One small and one large. Once they were frozen we put them into the sink and the whole book knowledge came to life for them!
The last activity that we did for this unit was a watercolor painting. I set up one of the books that we read, gave them watercolors and paper and their job was to paint a penguin from copying it. I was very impressed with how well they did. I wasn’t expecting the Little Guy to do so well!
The boys didn’t know too much about kangaroos before this unit so it was interesting to teach them about something they didn’t know much about. I wish that I could’ve captured their faces when they learned how far kangaroos can jump!
We added a bunch of stuff to this unit since I felt that the activities were lacking. We started with a Kangaroo anatomy worksheet, we also did a connect the dot coloring page that they loved. And they loved this Mama Kangaroo and Joey craft. They carried it around for the rest of the day and kept their baby joeys safe.
On our last day, I made them their own kangaroo pouches and they bounced around the house for the next day. It was so funny to watch them try and clean up their toys while acting like kangaroos. I found the idea on Pinterest of course and knew my boys would love it!
We did a lot of activities these last two units and it worked out since last month we took it easy a lot on the activities with all the sickness!
We had fun learning all about camouflaging this unit! I never realized that a zebra’s stripes were because they were camouflaging into the darkness. It’s fun to learn new facts right along with these guys!
There weren’t many things to add to this unit. I tried but didn’t find much out there. We could’ve focused more on camouflaging activities but we ended up having a crazy week so we did the minimum again. I hope to do more camouflaging science stuff next year when our Little Guys goes through this again.
We did make zebra masks though and they giggled away at this one! Unfortunately no matter how hard I tried we could not get all the pieces to stay on, especially the handle. So these crafts didn’t last long.
I usually update you on how our Little Guy is doing in his preschool but since he was very on hands on these units there isn’t much to report. I made him do a lot of motor and thinking skills this month but other than that he accompanied all of our Kindergarten stuff.
He was very proud of his hard work with coloring this butterfly so I have to share that! He’s a scribbler so this was a big deal.
100th Day of School Party!
We finally hit our 100th day of school and I did my best to make it a fun day for them.
I made them think we weren’t going to be doing anything spectacular so that when they woke up to a decorated school room they would be super excited. My plan worked! The day before the Big Guy says, “you don’t have anything fun planned, no games, no food, nothing, it’s just going to be a normal day of school.” Boy, was he shocked!
I loved this 100 Days Smarter freebie pack I found on Pinterest! I printed out most of the pages for my boys to color. It was hilarious to see what they came up with! One of them said he wanted 100 kids when he grew up.
Then we ended the party with decorating cupcakes. I have quite the stash of sprinkles so they each were able to choose their own decorations. They loved making their own, so I am happy that I didn’t do it myself.
Eating them was the best part of the whole party!
And this Little Lady had fun through it all!
Your turn! How was your month of school? Did you have a party for your 100th day of school?
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