Today we did a short lesson on Juneteenth. This is the day we celebrate the end of slavery. Even though slavery was abolished with the emancipation proclamation on January 1, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865.
(This also can lead to interesting discussions about how much faster information and people travel now).
We watched a few short clips. The first was about Juneteenth. We watched the book Juneteenth for Mazie. Then had a short discussion
Next we watched Brain Pop’s clip on Slavery. And had another short discussion about what slavery is.
We followed that with Brain Pop’s clip about Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad.
We concluded our lesson with an activity about quilts and how they were possibly used to help slaves escape.
After listening to the podcast How To Turn Failures Into Robots from Big Life Kids Podcast S was inspired to create a boat out of a plastic bottle.
So we did a bit of brainstorming & then found this video on YouTube. So S wrote down the materials needed so we would be ready for the morning. Rice, 2 pencil, 2 foam, bottle.
Categories: Crafts, Homeschool, Nature, Science
Tags: Activities, Appreciating Nature, Craft, Creating, Curiosity., Follow Directions, Homeschool, Learning, Nature, Problem Solving, Science
Today we listened to Pete The Cat & the Great Leprechaun Chase on YouTube. (Wonderful resource when libraries are closed due to the Corona Virus).
Categories: Activity, Theme Day
Tags: Activities, Appreciating Nature, Chalk, Creating, Fine Motor, Holiday, Homeschool, Independence, Learning, Patience, Problem Solving
We have had some crazy weather lately, so we decided to do a unit on weather.
Today was no exception. Sunny & warm 1 minute, then dark & bad storms the next. And then not even 10 minutes later back to sunny & clear like nothing happened.
So we took these moments of rain to come in & start our unit. As expected today we started with rain.
We started with a basic “what is weather”. Then who studies weather. Next we talked about how they use tools to make their predictions. Next we talked about rain, precipitation, and how it is measured. And then we ended by making our own rain gauge.
(Caption: Tools. Rain gauge. And a picture of our rain gauge.)
Instructions for the Rain Gauge:
* 1 – 1 liter bottle.
* Sharp knife
* Cut off top of bottle (around 4″ or so)
* Turn the top upside down & place it into the bottle.
* Line up the edges & tape in place.
* Use a ruler to mark intervals on the side of bottle. (0 at the bottom & go as high as you like).
* Place it outside & wait for rain.
A did a great job paying attention and engaged. (Took about 20 minutes). But of course the sun was back out by the time we were done. But now we are prepared for the next rain!
Today after school we decided it would be a great day to do our 3 Little Pigs Activity.
To prep for this I wrote down my ideas, did a bit of searching, and came up with my ideas. Here I have a few options depending on time & how it is going. The nice thing about this is I now have some ideas set for future days if needed. 🙂
Categories: Art, Books, Homeschool, Science
Tags: Activities, Art, Cooperation, Events, Fine Motor, Follow Directions, Friends, Homeschool, Kids
With our part day school we find ourselves with some small chunks of time that are enough to do something but not enough time to really go home. Or, we need an activity to help them as I am making dinner. So I have created some File Folder Activities. These are things that they can do which are all contained within a file folder.
I printed off different activities (found a lot of ideas on Pinterest), laminated the pieces, taped them to the inside of a file folder, and then used Velcro dots so the pieces can move around but also stay in place.
Today we had friends over and experimented with fun art. We started with white tiles from Home Depot (A whole $0.08 each!), Sharpies, and Rubbing Alcohol. First we drew on our tiles with our Sharpies.
Then we used eye droppers to drop 91% Rubbing Alcohol on our tiles.
Which then lead to experimenting with ways to move the rubbing alcohol around the tile. We tried blowing, straws, tilting, & paper towels.
(A then had a blast making art on her tile and then making art on paper towels. She has a large stack of them saved up, wait till you see her custom wrapping paper!)
Then we learned that we could do a later of maker and then rubbing alcohol, let it dry, and then add another drawing on top. Stencils worked great for adding the additional images.
And one of the best things we learned through this process was, if you don’t like it, just add more rubbing alcohol to the tile & wipe it dry!
Here are some of our masterpieces!
After these have dried I will seal them with a coat of Polyurethane and add some felt to the bottom.
Categories: Art, Uncategorized
Tags: Art, Creating, Curiosity., Drawing, Fine Motor, Friends, Homeschool, Imagination, Kids, Learning
We enjoyed another one of our Kiwi Crates today. This one was about arcade games. A was so excited about this she started it first thing in the morning in her PJ’s. 🙂 The first step she started was creating a pom pom guy.
This month we are focusing on being Thankful and ways to show Kindness towards others. To help with this we have crated a Thankful Tree where the leaves are handwritten notes of what we are thankful for.
So to help spread this mindset we started our tree on our Family Diner night so our friends could join with us. I was very happy with how engaged everyone was and the time and thought they put into their leaves.
Categories: Art, Crafts, Fine Motor, Homeschool, Responsibilities, Theme Day, Uncategorized
Tags: Art, Caring, Craft, Creating, Cricut, Feelings, Fine Motor, Friends, Help, Homeschool, Kindness, Learning, Listening, manners, Questions, Responsibilities, Scissors, Sharing, Thankful, Theme
A day off from school, rain, & a bit of a cough means it is the perfect day to finally try Pouring Paint!
First we set up some large cardboard boxes on the floor (easiest way to contain the mess with 2 kids), & got our supplies ready. A & S each picked 3 colors to start with.
We had 1 cup for each color. Then we added Pouring Medium to each cup & stirred it well.