Monday, March 29, 2010
So I've decided to put together some curriculum to go along with all we've been learning about owls. Today the girls and I are going to start a lesson on food chains. Since I have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader I'm going to try to aim this lesson at both of them.
First we are going to define producers, consumers, and decomposers in the food chain. I made up some flashcards here . Feel free to use mine or make your own. Next thing we are going to do is go through pictures of magazines and have the girls make a chart of each of these "characters" in the chain. My preschooler will love helping with the finding of pictures in the magazine and she can make her own collage.
Next we are going to discuss food chains and have the girls draw or use their pictures to put together a food chain. This website has wonderful information about food chains as well as some fun games the kids can play. I found another website that has word searches, crosswords, and card games dealing with the food chain for the older child.
I'll post pictures tomorrow of all our activities. I ordered owl pellets yesterday to dissect so tune in for that fun lesson soon!
*Correction on the worksheets I made. The definition for consumer and producers need to be switched. When we were editing and moving things around the definitions got switched I am so sorry!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
This was a gift from her Aunt Kim because Em says she will have her own cake shop one day. Oh, and that cake shop will also serve sushi!
Monday, March 22, 2010
To be made the evening before Easter.
You need: 1c. whole pecans, 1 tsp. vinegar, 3 egg whites,
pinch salt, 1c. sugar, zipper baggie, wooden spoon, tape, Bible.
Preheat oven to 300 BEFORE BEGINNING.
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life.
Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.
Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.
Add 1 c. sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know this and how to belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt.27:65-66.
GO TO BED!
Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie
Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty! Read Matt. 28:1-9
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
It is a live cam on a Barn Owl nest in the wild. Her eggs are due to hatch any day. My girls think it is neat that one day soon we will see little baby owlets and we might even be lucky enough to watch it hatch. I find myself fascinating my this act of nature myself. Just click here to go to the link.
My children are so much more aware of their surroundings due to their interest in nature. They've also learned some valuable life lessons watching the animal families around our home.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Little One worked on coloring a shamrock while we wrote our poems. Then proceeded to put together a picnic lunch for us. Almost 3 year olds are very industrious and she earns her keep.
If you head over to my main blog you can help me finish a limerick for a chance to win a St.Patrick's Day basket the girls have put together.
Monday, March 8, 2010
We have several books we are using to study this unit. Here are a few of them:
We love this book by Tomie dePaola is a wonderful one for kids of all ages to learn about St. Patrick.
We'll be learning about shamrocks, limericks, and some Irish cooking as well. I'll share with you our projects and links to resources as we go along.
Now for the winner part. Last week I had a contest for SpellQuizzer, in which they offered to give one application away to one of my readers. Thanks everyone who stopped by and lefthttp://spellquizzer.com/ a comment and those of you who are now following (you got two entries). I put the numbers in the random generator and the number was: 10
Which means the winner is Our Country Road! I just found her blog through the Homeschool Hop and love it. Make sure to stop by. I hope you enjoy it.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
But recently I was contacted by SpellQuizzer and asked if I would like to review their product. I jumped at the chance. It's a simple program that allows you download your own spelling words using audio onto your computer. If your computer doesn't have a microphone you can download a hint for each word. I do this for each word anyway that way we are learning vocabulary as well as spelling. Then the child types out the word and is told if they are correct or not. They have the choice to try to respell the ones they missed at the end of the quiz.
This software isn't just for homeschoolers, but they do have a page that targets homeschool specifically. And you can download and share lists with other homeschoolers if you would like.
We've done flashcards, games, etc. and that is all fine and dandy, but Soph really enjoys being on the computer and typing. So far she hasn't missed a day of spelling practice and there has been no moaning either.
Guess what? They are giving me one to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section to enter. Tweet this on twitter, or blog about it, or post it on Facebook and come back each time and tell me for more chances to win.*I'm giving everyone an extra entry if they sign up to follow me as well!* I'll be drawing the winner on Monday, March 8th. Good luck.