Oh my word. I feel so behind in these. But I’m gonna keep truckin’ along. (At the very least, this will be a great way for me to look back over the years and see what we learned each year!)
*Also, let me note that not everything on our “to do” schedule gets done all the time. These are all activities that I think would be fun and helpful but if the boys particularly like one activity, I let them spend longer on it, or some activities take longer than anticipated and we don’t get all the way down the list. I usually try to list the activities in order of preference.
The boys are fascinated by eggs so I knew it would be a good choice for letter E. Dinosaur eggs, bird eggs, chicken eggs – they love to eat them, seek them and read about them.
We have a few books about eggs already at home, but I found a few new ones for us to read from the library:
I had pre-filled 12 Easter eggs with black beans numbering from 1-12 and hid them around the playroom. I sent the boys off on the hunt to find them all.
Once collected, I had them one by one open them up and count the beans. Then they had to match the number of beans inside the egg to the correct number in the egg crate. We’ve been really working on recognizing numbers 1-20 with the boys, so this was a great activity for that! They loved it.
After this activity, I swapped out the beans in the eggs for little slips of paper that had a variety of egg laying animals printed on them and hid the eggs for the boys to find again… simply because they are 2 and 4 and love egg hunts. ;) After they found them all again, they opened the eggs one by one and called out the animal tucked in their egg. Zeek, who knows MANY things about MANY animals was even surprised at some of the animals that he discovered were egg laying.
Then we took those slips of animal pictures and used them in our craft next.
I cut out two large egg shapes, one for each boy. We had an egg poem (from here), glued it to the egg, and then glued all the animals around the poem.
A few days prior, we had gone to our favorite little Asian foods store around here – Wing Wa. We picked up some duck and quail eggs!
We hadn’t ever had duck eggs and these were a little too salty for us, so we lovingly passed them on to our neighbor-friends who are also homeschooling, doing letter E and EGGS! ;)
We DO love quail eggs though! They are so tiny and cute – we’ve been getting these for years because they are the perfect bite sized protein snack for little hands.
We most often hard boil them (though they do make the most adorable little fried eggs you’ve ever seen!).
Aren’t they cute!? Just like mini chicken eggs, but an even creamier yolk, in my opinion!
We finished off the morning having some lunch and tasting our eggs.
Dad, reading their state book to them. Delaware and Florida this week.
EYES & EARS
Zeek ended up being sick one of the days this week, so we lumped Eyes & Ears together into one day, which seemed fitting anyway. :)
After our normal morning activities, (Pledge of Allegiance, Godly Character Trait/Bible Memory Verse, Letter E Nursery Rhyme, Weather, Calendar, Ee Journal), we read several books about eyes and ears! We had a couple … uh, “graphic” surprises as we turned some of these pages and some some very detailed looks at these body parts… As in, cadavers that were flayed open and photographed! But thankfully, the boys were really into it.
Eye to Eye was a really fun book that showed different eye shapes and functions of a variety of animals.
And for a special treat, MAGIC EYE books!! Oh my. I had completely forgotten about these little gems until I spotted one at the library. These were my favorite back when I was in about 2nd grade… And I should probably bust them out around that time again for Zeek, because he was too young to be able to grasp the concept of what he was supposed to do and these books ended up being a major source of frustration to him because he couldn’t quite get the hang of it and couldn’t see the hidden picture. Many tears were shed over these two books… :)
After we learned all about eyes and ears and their functions, we sifted through several magazines and cut out any good photos of eyes or ears that we could find. Then Asher took on gluing the ears in a collage, and Zeek took on eyes.
Then we did a couple of hearing games (which I didn’t photograph).
1. I had previously recorded different sounds around the house on my phone (the microwave beeping, the garage door opening, the signal on the washing machine, markers being shaken in their container, the paper cutter arm being moved up and down, etc.). I played each one and had them guess what the noises were. I was pretty impressed with how quickly they got them correct!
2. I took a wind up timer and hid it around the house in a few locations and had them try to hear the soft “tick tick” of the timer and see how close they were when it went off.
I was super excited for Earth! I knew that Zeek would enjoy learning about it, plus I had a Magic School Bus movie on the agenda – holla! I personally have always loved Magic School Bus (I mean, LILY TOMLIN! Come on!) and keep trying to push it on Zeek, but he’s not super interested. I am determined to make him a lover of it! ;)
Before the flick though, we read some books and learned the basics about Earth and also briefly about the solar system.
After learning about the Earth and it’s layers, we colored and labeled our own worksheets.
To be expected, Zeek understood slightly more than Asher….
Then we made a “Where We Live” craft of Earth. We started out with a picture of Earth…
Then zoomed in to our continent…
And our country…
And finished off with a zoomed in shot of our street… which I didn’t photograph because, you know. The internet. :)
The boys each made one of these books, which they thought was pretty great. They have them stored in their desks. I love when they love an activity that we do so much that they keep them with their “special” school stuff.
And that about wrapped up Letter E! We have had Letter F & G weeks, and are currently taking a break this week for Thanksgiving and just doing some fall related activities. Letter H will resume next week – and hopefully I can get F & G posted sooner than later!
Hope you all are having a great Thanksgiving break with your family as well! :)