Monday, January 10, 2011

Penguin and Antarctica Lapbook

We finished this before the holidays but I am just now getting photos of the final product up.

 Back:  Ian's contribution
 Inside:  from top left down we have a photo of Antarctica explaining that's where most penguins live and that they all live in the S. Hemisphere.  Beneath that is a triangle that flips to either side explaining why penguins are black and white.  The center has the penguin life cycle and a vocabulary list which is flipped down.  The right side has a flip chart of what penguins eat and who eats penguins and a pocket with 17 cards, one for each of the different types of penguins.
 Inside with the vocabulary list flipped up:
 We used the Magic Tree House Research Guide book for our vocabulary as well as for the bulk of information we learned.  We read and discussed one chapter a day and Gracie recorded vocab words on this sheet.
 Flip chart on what penguins eat and who eats penguins. 

I found all the resources for this flip book online.  There were a ton of links, I just googled penguin lap book and took what would work for us.  We also did penguin math sheets which are not in the flip book.

I think that for our first time doing a unit study and a lap book it turned out really well.  We had fun doing it and I liked putting it all together.  It combined science and social studies easily, I found math sheets with a penguin theme as well as color sheets and other things to keep Ian involved.   We also watched March of the Penguins, the part about Arctic and Antarctic in the BBC Earth series, and Happy Feet.  We learned a lot and it was fun!

We are starting another unit study today.  This time we are doing horses and donkeys since we are adopting 2 mini donkeys this week.  It's nice to have a real live subject to teach about!

Monday, January 3, 2011

My home school goal for 2011.........

is simply to come to terms with the fact that because I home school my house will rarely if ever be completely clean.  Because there are always, always, always little people who need to learn and explore and build and play and letting them learn and explore and build and play is messy. And that's ok.  In fact it's necessary. 

Someday they will be gone and then I will most likely lament my perfectly clean house and I will beg them to come, and bring their children, and mess it all up. 

I will remind myself of this daily and enjoy life as it is.  It may be cluttered, disorganized and even down right dirty, but it's also full of fun and love and that is where I will put my focus.