Friday, April 11

Length

Some reading eggspress after a break, checking in on her Farm, a couple of addition pages, discovering if giraffes makes noises, or if sharks do, some yoga...

Then, today we started measurement, length.

From Head to Toe is a fun maths book, using the body. (UK, USA) It's part of a 'I Love Maths' series of books.


By 'fun' I mean that they include activities, games, puzzles, and practical applications, and not just dry formulae. Other 'fun' books I've come across throw in bright colours, reward stars, and silly cartoons. Instead, this series is about maths all around us.So today we've started with non-standard measurement. Before even looking at a ruler and units of measurements, it's nice to first understand the idea of measuring.

Pre-K is usually about learning short, long, shorter, longer. The Best Bug Parade, Stuart Murphy, is one I remember from her toddler years.


Now she can create measuring devices. In this case, her body parts. She eventually measured the rug using her foot length strip, and the length of her laptop with her wrist strip.

Other resources:
Sid the Science Kid| Exploring Measurement
teacherspayteachers | free measurement worksheets

Wednesday, April 9

Magic School Bus + Germs

I wish there was a more up-to-date, non-school, British version of The Magic School Bus. haha But it's a nice series for Science.

Miss 5 watched two episodes (Inside Ralphie and Make a Stink). This led to a related worksheet after watching each one, and more germ discussions and resources. She looked at germs months ago but they remain an interest. She has asked for books on allergies and asthma too.

As it's a popular series, you can find many resources to support the episodes. I used 2 from starmaterials.


The immune system
youtube
Germs youtube
Crawford sneezer pleaser
Crawford washing hands
The Science Guy





Tuesday, April 1

Habitats + graphs

We did our first worksheets in over a week yesterday. Carrying on our habitats theme.

She's been watching Life of Mammals which she really enjoys. Discovering a new favourite animal to add to her favourites list - the pygmy marmoset. Unfortunately not a whole lot to be found on them.

She asked for one of these cuties as her desktop wallpaper (when did I mention such a thing?).


This week she started Planet Earth, especially fitting as it looks at animals by habitat. These are both wonderful documentaries.


There was a habitats graph to do in our workbook, so I told her about graph basics and bar graphs specifically. Then found some printables to practice filling them out. Did a few yesterday and she'll do the rest throughout the week.

robots
piggy
vowels

She told her father last week that she wanted to be a marine biologist. I hadn't realised how primary this interest had become. Yesterday we discovered together her future career. Now she'll tell you the difference between a marine biologist and a marine zoologist. The latter being her choice.

So if you ask her, 'what do you want to be when you grow up?', she'll answer - an ichthyologist.

Monday, March 31

beasts + bones

I haven't written in over a week. Partly because she has been unwell (just a cold but a lingering worse-during-the-night cough, on a few days there I was in my Barely Functioning Mode - if child is fed, watered and hugged, that will have to do).

Also partly because she has been doing a lot of that learning that comes from doing and exploring lots of little things. The type that I try to document but often just live it alongside of her - which is the best way of course. Lastly, because I discovered a book series that she adores and so has been reading, reading, and then reading some more.

So last week was all about Beast Quest. A well-written, exciting fantasy series. It was aimed at encouraging 7-yr-old boys to read, but it's entertaining for both boys and girls. Especially as there is a girl who teams up with the male protagonist and she is brave, clever, and helpful.

Honestly, I thought it was a bit advanced in topic. She had been reading Never Girls - and I wish publishing houses would offer girls more than fairies and girly friendship situations.



Beast Quest is all about scary beasts under an evil wizard's spell, that the heroes have to find, fight and rescue. However, they are beasts who want to be good, and the fighting is not graphically violent. If I had found a series of chapter books without all these elements it would still have been my preference. But hey, she isn't troubled by the scary bits (quite frankly amazing to me for a girl who has numerous fears like spiders and scary noises, etc).

Even the images on the covers are a bit much. Yet she seems focused on the exciting action and has called them AMAZING. I opened a goodreads account for her. I would have loved to see what books I read as a child.

She read 5 of these on day one and about 8 on the second day. I bought her a pre-loved set of 52 books. She has slowed down now, her brain needs a break I suppose.

We also watched a 5-part series, The Secret of Bones. What fabulous timing for a girl who loves bones. A BBC production, we caught it just in time due to a heads-up from a fellow Home Ed parent.

I did discover though, that despite how much she loves bones she is quite clear she doesn't want to make it her work when she grows up. Interesting how well they know their own minds when you leave them to it.


Thursday, March 20

Sharks unit

She's been stuck into her sharks this week. Lots of printables, worksheets, mazes, online puzzles, videos. I like to pick and choose the printables from whole lapbooks, as well as mix them up to balance out handwriting, maths, games, facts - keeping it fresh, age/interest appropriate, and fun.


Some of the resources we used:

National Geo Great White Sharks
KidsZone Shark Activities
Kids Discovery Game
Shark Lapbook - homeschoolshare
Maths and Sharks

More resources in my Animals Sea board.