Friday, May 23, 2014

Fun Friday~ {Seashore Study}

Today was a very sweet day!
I pulled out a new book we will be reading over the next couple of weeks even while at the beach~
Such a beautiful story format that teaches all about the seashore throughout.
We read the first two chapters and was introduced to Least Sandpipers.
EK pulled out the Shorebirds book and read all the facts about these birds.
We copied the page from the book, added it to our journal, and recorded a fact we learned.

Because we leave for the beach next weekend,
I had them draw all the things they hope to see in the ocean with crayons~
And then fingerpainted a blue wash.
One of the oldest art ideas in the book but no one minded in the least.
They all loved their masterpieces!!!
A VERY Fun Friday!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Seaweed Soup~ {& Snakes}

For the next couple of weeks we are enjoying 
an ocean unit leading up to our vacay in June.
Our first book was The Little Island 
and today they begged for Seaweed Soup again from last year~
Seaweed Soup is a Mathstart book with a focus on complete sets 
and they wanted to act the book again just like last year!
EK and SJ loved helping the younger three tear paper for seaweed
and teach them how to set a proper table~
After one run through, 
I loved the cook pot to the family room so we could finish up our day~
Evie followed me right in there 
and continued making soup for the WHOLE morning.
I think she and HollyMei are going to have SO much fun playing!

And now the snake {SKIN}~
My daddy gave EK a huge snake skin a long time ago 
which she has kept of course.
Today she found one in our pine isle and loved comparing them.
Scott measured the one she found and it was almost 6 feet long~
THAT is a HUGE snake. YIKES
Freaked me out... she was SO cool about it!
Little zoologist for sure!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Pony Express~

Today while reading Benjamin West he sent a letter to his family by The Pony Express~
SO we grabbed some manila envelopes, sharpies, 
and twine to make our very own saddle bags then
Galloped {physical education} to the mailbox to pick up the mail.
Making history real and FUN!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

American History~ {Benjamin West}

We have been reading Benjamin West and His Cat Grimilkin with our Beautiful Feet American History curriculum~ 
He is known as the father of American painting.
Today as we were reading he painted a landscape and we pulled out our watercolors~

One of his first mediums was charcoal and since Amelia is an Art major, she gave the girls an art lesson~
 Between charcoal and chalk pastels~
They were a mess!
A mess of creative happiness.
Thanks Amelia for sharing your gift with us!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bird Unit Study~

Scott went out to clean a nest from our light this weekend and got a sweet little surprise... 5 baby birds.
SO he left them alone and have watched the mother bird fly in and out of the nest about a 1000 times each day.
We got back to school this week and I decided I would read a bird book for FIAR to begin a Bird Unit Study~
EK pulled all her bird books and spend tons of time researching the bird nesting in our light.
She even schooled the other littles.
We are spending lots of time on the floor so they can come to me~
AND Amelia has been spending time teaching art lessons~
All in all a good start back even with a 'sick' mom as the littles refer to me. :)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Free Centers Fun Friday~

Remember this Free Center Chart?~
I gave them the choice of any center AND
set up a new interest area... magnets.
They are in LOVE with this new manipulative, Magformers~
Review on Amazon~
Intelligent Magnetic Construction Set For Brain Development 
MAGFORMERS are easy to use and never frustrating. The patented intelligently designed MAGFORMERS magnets are housed in colorful, high quality ABS plastic. They always attract and never repel, so the moment any two pieces touch they connect. High quality magnets that instantly connect are sure to spark curiosity and play time is creative, stimulating, and constructive. Building with MAGFORMERS engages mathematical and scientific thought, deductive reasoning, and requires use of spatial awareness. Manipulating the powerful, colorful MAGFORMERS magnets IS educational, but despite being an educational experience, play is magical and FUN!

so I pulled out as many magnet items as I could including the closest I ever get to a sensory bin~
They were in the school room ALL MORNING LONG playing with magnets of all kinds while listening to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.
A very FUN Friday!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Chicken Farm Field Trip~

The sweetest boy Colt bought two One tshirts for HollyMei's fundraiser and in the midst of his visit, he invited us to their chicken farm.
Today was the day and we could hardly wait until 4:15~
 Colt and his family were waiting on us and gave us the grand tour.
Both the boys were very brave to hold one of the week old chicks first.
It wasn't until EK and SJ stepped inside the house that they decided they would hold one too~
The littles loved Roscoe their dog as well.
Wish we had gotten a photo of the whole Yeargin family like they did of us~
Dear Yeargin family~
We LOVED our visit today and learned a lot about raising young chickens.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy farming life to share it all with our family.
We can't wait to come back again!!!
Blessings and love,
The Ankerich Family