Saturday, April 2, 2016
I is for Idaho (year 2, week 30)
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This week was all about where we live. All week, I would ask the kids, "Where do we live?" Skimmer would reply, "Idaho," but Dragonfly would say, "I-don't-know," which would make all the kids laugh. We did talk about Idaho a lot this week, and explored some new areas of our unique state.
We went to our favorite park today! North Idaho has a lot of mountains and rugged terrain for mountain biking, so a town in our area built a learning park for bikers. The park is divided into four mountain bike learning sections: a smooth bike path, a "pump" track (where you ride the valleys and bumps without peddling), a "challenge" track, and a big hill for traditional mountain biking. My kids are still too young to do any of the bike tracks, but they love to play on the trails and test themselves on the rugged terrain.
It was sunny today! We stayed home and played in our own yard. The kids dug for worms and made mud pies.
I received some encouragement yesterday about my blog, and it completely energized my homeschooling. Today, we did sensory bins for the first time in months!
Safari River toob animals. He had a bunch of glass stones, a bit of water, and a plastic shot glass. He loved the feel of the rocks and water on his hands and played for over an hour.
The best thing about the way that we do sensory bins is that the kids can trade sensory bins at any time, which they did after about an hour of play. I could tell that the kids had really missed their sensory bins.
We watched "Me on the Map" on Youtube, and looked at the "Me on the Map" activity that I had build for them. The concentric circles show planet Earth, North America on planet Earth, the United States of America on North America, the state of Idaho in the USA, our town on a map of Idaho, and finally our house. It was really neat to see Dragonfly's understanding as all the random names that she had heard about for years finally had some context. She can now answer, "I live in the continent of___, the country of ___, the state of ___, and the city of ___."
I was planning our field trip to the Sturgeon Fish Hatchery last weekend, and Bullfrog decided that we needed to take him along too. Then, he had to work all day, and the fish hatchery wasn't open, so we didn't go anywhere. The kids spent a lot of time outside.
Tomorrow (Sat), we're planning on going to the children's museum in the big city.
- north American animals 3-part cards
- all about Idaho 3-part cards
- hungry bear counting file folder game
- ice fishing for letters
- ID lapbook
- label the camping kid
- animal tracks cards
- state outline tracing page
- forest preschool pack
bear foot prints
- bear sensory bin
- bear unit
- grizzly bears catching salmon
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