Friday, December 2, 2016

u is for umbrella birds (year 3, week 11)

We did a week in South America and learned about the animals of the Amazon Rainforest.  Our "focus" animal was the umbrella bird, a type of parrot that lives in South America (and our "letter U" animal of the year).

Monday
Gymnastics class!

We had a big weekend and the kids took a hug name today.  I did too.  It was amazing.

Tuesday
We tasted a finger lime today!  Our local grocery store gave it to us for free when I hold the produce man that I was buying tropical fruits for homeschooling this week.  It was a very interesting food.


Wednesday
AWANA day!

We watched a Rainforest "Relaxation" video from Amazon Prime to learn about different parts of the rainforest.  I really liked that it was just nature scenes and instrumental (spa) music, so I would add my own narration.  We saw hummingbirds that looked very similar to the ones we have here in the mountains.  We watched the rain pound down and roll off the leaves.  We named the colors of the flowers and the frogs.  We talked about the layers of the rainforest.  It was a great way to engage the kids in a different format.

And then, lest you forget what type of mom I am (wink), I let them watch Go, Diego, Go.  We also got our first snow today, so the kids spent some time outside exploring.

Thursday

The kids got introduced to Dora the Explorer today.  Most annoying show in the entire universe!  The kids have been attempting the Spanish, so I guess that makes it ok.  We had pineapple with dinner tonight.

Dragonfly got to stay up to do math workbook with me, and then did a rainforest animal sensory bin with Safari Toob animals.

Friday

Daddy took the day off, so Dragonfly and I went shopping in the bigger town.  We had lots of good conversations.


Blog Posts About Umbrella Birds
- themed 20-frames
- j is for jungle (year 2)
- monkeys and apes 3-part cards
- j is for jungle (year 1)
- rainforest review game
- making teen numbers folder game
- tree frog math game

Printables
- fruit of the rainforest
- plants of the rainforest

Ideas
- books about the rainforests
- jungle vines game
- classifying rainforest animals
- rain bottle
- tasting coconut
- rainforest swamp
- jungle tot trays
- measuring snakes
- rainforest small world
- coffee scooping
- jello snake play









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