Kindergarten Week 3 - Dinosaurs!! (part 1)

Dino Week

We've taken a break from our regular curriculum to learn about Connor's current passion.  Dinosaurs!  The kid lives and breathes dinos.  Every day, several times a day he is caught watching "Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History " on our netflix.  And playing dinosaurs.  And acting like a dinosaur.  So it was time we spent a week learning more.  ;)

We used the Creation Based Dinosaur Unit from Homeschool Share.

Each day we read from:


For day one we read about Creation and discussed what was made on each of the 6 days and discussed on what days the dinosaurs were made.  Connor colored a picture for his "flip flap book" from the Unit print out.

We read about lizards from our Ask Me Why: Which Lizard Disappears? book, because "dinosaur" means "terrible lizard".  After learning about lizards we did a failed attempt on a "lung" science experiment.  (our bottle was too weak to hold to the balloon).  But that's fine.  Connor had a great time role playing that he was a coldblooded lizard who needed to soak in the sun.



From the free Dino Dig Kindergarten Kit, from Homeschool Share, we did the maze and the dino graphing.  Connor has been asking for a few days now to do a "dice math" - as he calls it.  So add that with dino dice math.... he was one happy camper.  He cheered each dino on, to be nice, but kept saying he wanted the T-Rex to win the race to the top.  Which it did.



For extra we read a neat find from the library, D is for Dinosaur: A Prehistoric Alphabet.  Twice actually.  This book is neat in that you can read little extras as they get older.  Or, in my case, you can try to pronounce some of the dinos depicted in the drawing and then be corrected by your 5 year old on your pronunciation.  The sad part is he was right.  Even though I had the phonetic spelling right in front of me.

We also listened to a Buddy Davis song on YouTube, which Connor absolutely loved.



For day two we started our day with a dinosaur themed breakfast, french toast shaped dinosaurs!


Then we read Dinosaur bones by Bob Barner {I didn't really care for "Dinosaur Bones" - it was evolution based and not really easy flowing as it had two sets of text to read. It was awkward. Then it said that they died because of climate changes and they couldn't find food. Which really, even evolution based - the answer is unknown. I would have rather had a multiple possibility reason of extinction.}and Monster Bones: The Story of a Dinosaur Fossil (Science Works) by Jacqui Bailey.  {This book I really liked.  It starts out with a possible way a dino died, fossilized and was found, then takes you all the way through to the paleontologist cleaning up the fossil.  A really fun book!}

He then did a dino report from the unit study, choosing to paint a fossil Velociraptor after he colored the paper black.


Afterwards we mapped dinosaurs with the unit study printout and our floor map - to get a better visual of where the continents are.  He was super excited when we learned which ones were found in North America.  "MOM!  That's were WE live!!"


I made a random "dino bone" snack after raiding my pantry.  All I had that I thought would work were white chocolate chips (dino teeth) and graham crackers that I crushed for dirt.  He had fun with it though.


That's when I remembered the Kindergarten Dino kit that had a fossil dig - with words! (linked previously).  I buried the pipe cleaners in some old risotto rice we had.  Fitting as it was quite "dusty".  With rice dust, not house dust.  lol.




 
He gave a good sincere cheer when he was done with his dig.  We had so much fun with this.

For day 3 of our week we read If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most.  This was humorous to read to Connor.  He couldn't appreciate the simple and colorful art.  He kept correcting what a t-rex was suppose to look like.  Then he informed me that the yellow swim creature (don't ask me the name) "was not a dinosaur, but lived at the same time."


We also read Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins.  Connor had fun comparing himself to the creatures and talking about how he would not like to have lived at the same time.  lol.


For day four we talked about the diets of the dinosaurs.  Then we talked about adjectives - a completely new thing for Connor.  After a couple rounds of explaining he got the hang of it and we were able to label our dinos from the unit study print outs.  He had some pretty creative ones, I was impressed!

We also used the dino Kindergarten Kit again and he drew his pal Stegosaurus some plates.  Be sure you don't incorrectly call them spikes.  He'll be sure to correct you.  ;)


He partially did the word building in the Kindergarten Kit.  He was too busy telling me what he would do if he had a pet dinosaur and what one he would choose.


and that concludes week 1 of our 2 week dinosaur study!


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Sibling Love

There are many moments in the week, having both kids home, that are not so memorable.  Ones I want to erase from my mind forever.  Like the tantrums.  The endless sibling fighting.  The teasing.  The crying.  The screams.  But then there's moments like this.  Ones to etch in your mind and heart forever.
 
Moments when, however briefly, they get along and actually love each other.  Ones when big brother asks little sister, "Do you want me to read you a story?"  and she replies, "okay, Con!" then cuddles up next to him.
 


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Tot School: Camping week 1

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We are using Hubbard's Cupboard 2's Curriculum, adding in letters, shapes and colors. Emma is 26 months old.

Bible Memory:
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Theme:
Camping

Literature:  (these we either had on hand or found at the library)
1) Bailey Goes Camping
cute little story about a youngest sibling that is too small to go camping, so mom and dad set up camping at home.
2) Shake My Sillies Out
a singing/song book by raffi!  the kids had fun shaking their sillies out.  ;)
3) When We Go Camping
This book was a little too long for Emma. (she's only 2) but big brother enjoyed it.  It's a cute non-fiction book about camping with hidden animals in the artwork.  cute!



Math:
We used the Ask Mr. Bear printables that Connor had last year, pulling out the sorting farm/forest animals so Emma could sort with me. 

She also sorted forest animal stickers, found at our $ store, by color.  I just drew colored boxes on a paper, told her to put all the colors in the boxes and away she went!

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Emma is allowed some iPad time during the week.  Her app of choice this week was Candy Count - Learn Colors and Numbers.  I had downloaded this free app for her big brother, but she's the one that plays with it all the time.  It's a GREAT app for those early math skills.  Counting, sorting, order, ect.

Language Arts:

We added "Cc" to our chicka chicka tree.

She also did the do-a-dot "Cc" from Confessions of a Homeschooler, adding stickers to the dots while saying the C sound.


For the first time Emma requested to sit at big brothers computer area and play, so I set her up the fisher price game, Alphabet Zoo.  She was so happy and proud.  "Look mom!"  "Watch mom!"


Hand On Learning:

We made s'mores.  Twice actually.  They also pretended to roast marshmallows with a stick from the yard.


 
We set up a "tent" in the living room and she and big brother camped out all week.  We happened to be going through several totes of baby clothes in preparation for our new arrival.  We added a few blankets and "camp" was complete!

blanket tent

When they got hungry Emma fished for some food.  ;p

 
She also kept a look out for any creatures and beasts on our campsite.  ;)   (both were found at the dollar store in early summer)



for big brother (5K)(he tags along with her themes as she does his)

1) My Side of the Mountain - DVD
2) Caillou Goes Camping
3) Just Me and My Dad
4) Where Does Brown Bear Go
5) Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
6) Henry the Castaway



He really loved "sharing" Emma's camping themed toys I pulled out this week (the binoculars and the magnifying glass)





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Kindergarten: Week 2

I was having a little malfunction with my camera this week so it's all iPhone photos.  But that's fine. It's sort of easier that way anyways.  ;)

As a recap, we're using Heart of DakotaLittle Hearts for His Glory this year.  For the most part Connor is liking it.  It's hard for him to pay attention with all the required reading with no pictures. 

Phonics:
For phonics we did one day with Hooked on Phonics.  Connor is quite far ahead of where the curriculum would place a typical Kindergartner.  I didn't want to move to fast thru it so I'm supplementing with things like Bob Books and printables from Walking by the Way, printables from Hubbard's Cupboard, and word ladders from last years Confessions of a Homeschooler curriculum we used.

He was really excited to be doing "letter school" again.  (this kid is SUCH a hands on learner!) He built some words on the ladder printout then made things on his own, like "Dog" and "Emma".




By Friday he was done with any and all school.  Until he found a worm to teach some phonics to.  He was SO excited for his little "student" to learn, and eagerly taught him how to cut and glue.




Science:

For science this week Connor went ahead and got his pediatrician's license.  No big deal.  ;)



When he was done with his daily rounds we talked about Noah and the flood.  He had me stop talking while he ran and get our rain stick so he could do the sound effects.



After reading about Noah and role playing for a bit I made up a bin of water and we made a foil boat to float our little plastic animals in.  He had SO much fun with this.  I also went and grabbed various things for him to guess if hey would sink or float.



He also role played an elephant, using the hose from his toy vacuum.


Art:

We read Cain and Abel : Finding the Fruits of Peace then did a suggested craft (from the curriculum)
of coloring heavily then coloring over with black to represent sin.  After it was all blacked out I gave Connor a bamboo skewer to scratch out a heart then decorate it anyway he wanted.  This was a really neat activity to see him do.  He was really concerned and wrote "God" in the heart and said he didn't want black on his heart, that he chooses God.




Another "art" he did (which was more language arts) was he drew Reddy Fox after filling in his sentence I wrote "____ can ____ but Reddy can't!"



Math:
For math we just did the workbook and we do a daily calendar binder notebook.  He learns to put things in 1s and 10s column, makes the date with tally's and writes the actual date as well as graphs the weather.





Free Play/Role Play:

This week in the early morning he would choose to either watch "Walking with Dinosaurs" on the Netflix or he would play games from PBS Dinosaur Train.




And of course it's no surprise that at free times, and even during school, he could be found role playing.  Either dinosaurs, pirates or a doctor this week.


"Mom, I have a gun and a sword in my pants but I covered them with my shirt so that
 the enemy armies can't see them. We don't want the enemy armies to see my weapons."

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