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Our Fourth Month of School!

Our fourth month of school! This month we had fun with Dinosaurs! Come check out how My Father's World created such a fun unit!


With the holiday’s approaching we finished up one last unit and are taking a long break to enjoy the holidays.

Since we are homeschooling year round this works great for our family.

I do not want to rush their schooling in order to move onto something that needs to be done for the holidays. To save everyone’s sanity we are took off a month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A much needed break after 3 straight months.

We completed the dinosaur unit. Which was the perfect breaking point for us because my boys could not wait to get to the dinosaur unit. We have so many books on dinosaurs that I have been saving for awhile so it was finally time to break them out!

It was a great unit to end on! I am sure that once we start back up that they will be eager little learners.

One morning we took our learning to the living room to enjoy the fire while it lasted. Everyone got a hoot out of that, shaking things up a little bit was fun for us.


learning how to tell time

Dinosaur Unit

This unit I strayed from the MFW teachers manual. I didn’t love the activities that they suggested. They just didn’t seem very practical for us. One was to make a stuffed dinosaur. I’m sorry but that is just too time consuming for us. Then another one was creating a bone digging activity outside or inside if the weather wasn’t good. Which it’s not this time of year. I just wasn’t feeling that activity. Having to go purchase sand wasn’t on my list of to-dos right before the holidays. So I headed to Pinterest instead.

We ended up making a dinosaur fossil craft out of popsicle sticks. This was a big hit! They loved making the skeletons. I loved that it wasn’t time consuming or weather dependent.

dinosaur fossil craft

I also extended the book What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? so it lasted for the length of the unit. I liked splitting it up because it is a longer book and their attention spans just aren’t that long to retain all the important information. By choosing to do this I also ended the unit with a retelling craft from this lapbook idea (also found on Pinterest – be sure to follow my Kindergarten board for more ideas!).

I knew my boys were going to love this unit so I did a lot of extra printables filled with dinosaurs. Everything was such a big hit! We did mazes, patterns, math, pre-writing skills, cutting practice all with dinosaurs.

A big win and I am so glad that My Father’s World chose dinosaurs instead of dogs to learn about for the D unit!


dinosaur

Preschool Days

The Little Guy didn’t steer far away from the Kindergarten work because a lot of the dinosaur printables had a preschool version as well. As I was printing Big Guy’s papers I simply printed the Little Guy some as well and he followed right along.

dinosaur

I think that made me enjoy this unit even more! I loved being able to combine so many of their lessons. Saved time for sure and we all enjoyed it.

 

During our break we did take time to learn a little bit about the pilgrims while making fun thanksgiving crafts to decorate our table! They had fun popping out all of the supplies and holding things together after they were glued. I love activities where they get to work as a team.

pilgrim craft pilgrim crafts

 

Your turn! What did you work on this month in your homeschool? Are you taking a longer break than the traditional 2 weeks? I’d love to hear!

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Susan Shipe
    December 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Ana, returning the visit. Mom’s who homeschool their kids? I take my hat and heart off to YOU! My daughter hs our grandson and it has made all the difference in the world. Yay YOU!

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    Rebecca
    December 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    How did I not know you were homeschooling year round?? That’s cool! And, I love the Popsicle stick idea for the fossils!

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

      I don’t know how you missed that! I like the more relaxed feel to it so far but we will see how it goes our first year. I love being able to take off a day when we need too or a week when we need a break! The Popsicle sticks were the hit of the unit!

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    Shecki @ Greatly Blessed
    December 17, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Love the dino skeleton!

    We use MFW for older kids, and there have been plenty of times I’ve looked at something and said, “I don’t think so.” LOL

    We got the chance to review a nice set of plastic dinosaurs, which I was totally planning on giving to my grandson after taking a few pictures for the blog post. Only my kids love them. They’ve been played with almost every day for several weeks now. Who knew??

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Right?! Sometimes I think they think we have a lot of time on our hands, lol! I think my boys would more dinosaurs in their collection as well, they seem to be big hit.

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    jen l
    December 17, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Ha ha, we subbed out the same two activities. For the dino dig, it was 50 and rainy that week, so we went to the zoo and played in their fossil dig. We did a dino skeleton kit instead of the stuffed dino.

    we were going to take an extended break for the holidays, about6 weeks since we started so early. But my kids always keep asking when they get to do school, so I think instead, we’llkeep goingand try to get 2-3 days in per week. They seem to like the structure, anyways

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

      That’s so funny, Jen. I don’t let my kids play in sand anywhere so we didn’t even go to the zoo. Thankfully they didn’t even know about the activities to be upset about it.

      My boys need some routine these days npw that they are older. They get too rowdy when they have free play all morning. But we’ve started the Christmas baking traditions this week and its been so much better!

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