Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Penguins Unit Study update

Our first unit study process is going along very well.  We've done lots of small activities and have been reading the Magic Tree House book about penguins and Antarctica.  We've all learned a lot, it's been very fun!

Cute story from yesterday.  I checked out the BBC Planet Earth series from the library so that we could watch the segment that had penguins in it.  After watching it the kids played penguins and it was so cute!  They were using a plastic baseball as their egg and they were passing it back and forth on their feet like the mom and dad penguins do.  They were talking about how they needed to walk so far for food and making penguin noises and bowing and dancing like penguin couples do.  It was just so cute and awesome to see their knowledge being acted out.  A very nice way to evaluate their retention without them having any idea that's what I was doing!

Yay for learning while having fun!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I have been inspired.

So yesterday I read this post at Not Inadequate and I was intimidated yet inspired to figure out just exactly how unit studies work.  It just so happens that the kids and I had started a book on Penguins yesterday and after doing research til almost midnight I decided to turn it into a unit study.  I am a unit study virgin, never did one when I was a classroom teacher and I've never done one here at home but it seems to make so much sense with how my kids learn.  

My unit study research turned me onto lapbooking and there are about a million resources for figuring them out.  Just google.  Then google a subject you are interested in and lapbook together.  Amazing.  How did I not know about this?

So yeah.  We're doing a unit study on penguins and there will be a lapbook at the end.  Stay tuned to see how it turns out!