Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Preschool - Wheels

Last week, Samuel's theme was wheels.  A definite hit in this house of boys!  Here is a look at a few of the things we did.

We, of course, read lots of books about wheels, and cars and trucks and then went on a hunt to see how many wheels we could find around the house.

We practiced our tracing by helping the vehicles drive to their signs, complete with sound effects.

Worked on scissor skills by cutting on the tyre tracks.

We did some painting with our cars and looked at the different tyre tracks each one made.

Then of course, we had heaps of fun washing and drying our cars when we were done!

Samuel made his own trucks using foam shapes.

Samuel's board at the end of the week.

Of course, we did lots and lots of playing during the week too!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

MFW ECC Week 6 - Canada

This week in Exploring Countries and Cultures we travelled to Canada.  Here are Liana and Liam complete with airline tickets and passports.

They get so excited when we pull out the passports and print off their airline tickets.  I love it that such simple things still bring joy!

We did a lot of reading and discussing this week, so not many things to photograph!  They continued to add to their geography glossary.  This week was learning about canyons, particularly the Grand Canyon.

We also watched several short documentaries on the Inuit of Canada and made some minit. books.

For art this week they finished painting their Mexican Sun Faces from last week.

Other things we did that have no photos include, reading about William and Catherine Booth, the founders of the Salvation Army, learning about the Garifuna from Window on the World and studying food chains and food webs.

To finish, here is Liana doing her Latin homework in her Indian Costume, sitting outside, just because she can!  One of the joys of homeschooling.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Preschool - Rainbows

This week Samuel has been learning all about rainbows! We read the book, "What makes a Rainbow?" and then had lots of fun making our own rainbows.

First we used the dot markers to fill in the rainbow.  I was actually impressed that Samuel only dotted in the rainbow.  Normally he just covers the whole page!

We made some ranibow pictures using PVA glue, salt and food colouring.  They turned out really great and Samuel had so much fun making them.  I think he would have kept going all day.  He made about 5 or 6 pictrues and it kept him occupied for over half and hour.

We practiced cutting using a rainbow cutting fun sheet.

We also did some colour sorting and glued the shapes on to make another rainbow.

Later in the week we read the Eric Carle book "The Mixed Up Chameleon" and then mad our own mixed up chameleon.

MFW ECC Week 6 - Mexico

We had a quiet week this week as we all got over being sick and tried to get back into the swing of school after the holidays.

We started using My Father's World curriculum part way through last term and are loving it. We are currently up to week 6 and finishing off our study of Mexico. Here are a few snapshots of what we did.

 We added our paper doll and flag to our map.


 For art we made Mexican Sun Faces.


 We finished our study of Mexico by making our own Tortillas.


 Of course, it wouldn't have been complete without having fajitas for dinner with our tortillas!

In science we have been learning about the desert. We learned about how cold blooded animals like tortoises stay cool in the desert and compared the temperature in the shade and in the sun.


 Then we compared the time it took for ice melt in the shade, in the sun and buried underground. The kids were amazed at how long it took the buried ice to melt!


 Next week we begin our study of Canada.