Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wordless Wednesday: March 20, 2019 (w/linky) - Leprechaun Traps

We've never made leprechaun traps before, seeing as the children know such things as leprechauns aren't real. This year, however, we have been reviewing the STEM Activities from Tied 2 Teaching, and one of the projects was to build a leprechaun trap. So, I figured why not. It sounded like fun. So, Tabitha and Amelia worked together, Hannah worked alone, and Harold and I worked together. I have to say, I had fun too.

Just as a little note, my review will be posting tomorrow or Friday. Not only have we made these leprechaun traps, but the children made Love Bugs, Log Cabins, Heart Models, and Marshmallow Snowmen. I hope you will stop by to see all those fun projects and what we thought of the STEM activities from Tied 2 Teaching.



See the trapdoor? He wanted 2! TWO! One above and one below. I got him to realize one was sufficient.


Tabitha making the rainbow bridge for their trap.


Traps all ready to go.


Hannah's simple trap.


Tabitha and Amelia decided to lure the leprechauns with a party.


Up, up, up the rainbow tube he'll have to go to get to those gold coins in the box.


Taking the bait.




And they are caught!




Like I said, that was fun.

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Littles Learning Link Up: March 19, 2019: Frog Life Cycle Poster


Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my early elementary children and the preschoolers I work with at our homeschool co-op (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

I decided it was time to move on to a new unit in our preschool co-op class. Originally I had wanted to do at least four hibernation lessons, as I had ended up with five Arctic animals lessons. Unfortunately, I ran out of brilliant ideas. At the beginning of the month, I figured with Spring coming, it would be a great time to have some lessons on metamorphosis. So, we quickly discussed how frogs will hibernate under the mud, but then moved on to the frog life cycle. I actually surprised myself though. Instead of just one lesson on frogs, it has grown into three. Last week I shared my Frog Metamorphosis/Life Cycle Fun Round Up. I actually used one of those creative ideas in our first class, and then another idea in last week's class. I will share more about that in my end of week lesson. Today I would like to focus on the Frog Life Cycle Poster we made.

I plan to continue to share my Pre-K unit posts on Fridays, even though it is on Tuesdays that I will be sharing the craft that we made.

Now, onto this week's craft!

Frog Life Cycle Poster


Here's what you will need:


Brown construction paper
Blue construction paper
Green construction paper
White construction paper
Glue sticks
Green marker
Q-tips
Green paint
Black paint

In preparation I taped two pieces of brown construction paper together for each poster. Then I cut the blue paper into ovals for the ponds. I got four ponds out of one sheet of construction paper by folding it into fourths. Then I cut little circles out of the white construction paper. About 1 inch for the frog eggs, and 1 1/2 inches for the frog eyes. I then cut green ovals, 1 large and 2 medium per frog. Finally, I cut out tadpole tails, front frog legs and back frog feet.

Before we started our craft, we read the book A Tadpole Grows Up by Pam Zollman.


We actually had our snack first, which was a frog life cycle snack, but I will be sharing that in the lesson post. Then, after gym, the children came down to work on their craft.

We started by gluing a pond to the top of the poster, then the children glued on five white circles in a bunch.


We used Q-tips to dab on black paint dots to represent the growing tadpoles in the eggs.


The next step was to glue on the next two ponds, on on the right and one on the bottom.


Then we added fingerprint bodies for the tadpoles and froglets. We set them aside to dry while we sang songs and read some books. Then we added the tails



We then built our adult frog. We glued the smaller ovals to the back of the big oval, then we glued that to the brown paper. We added the details: eyes, legs, and feet. We finished up by drawing legs on the froglets with markers.


And we gave the frogs big smiles.


Here are the finished posters:





Frog Life Cycle Poster


Let's take a look at that review schedule real quick:

A couple of weeks ago I shared my review of the U.S. Symbols Unit Study from Homeschool Complete. This week I will be posting my review of the STEM activities from Tied 2 Teaching, and next week I will share my review for Poetry for the Grammar Stage from Memoria Press.

In April I will be sharing reviews of CrossWired Science and Techie Homeschool Mom. Then in May I will share my review of Pathway to Liberty.


On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 9 wonderful posts linked up. I will be sharing a randomly selected post and the top clicked on posts.

Please, don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:


Adelien from Blessed Learners shared FREE St. Patrick's Day Alphabet Flashcards.

And here are this week's most clicked-on posts:


Nicole from Mama of Many Blessings shared Green Goo Sensory Bin


Brandy from The Barefoot Mom shared 40 Nature Study Ideas
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I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- March 19, 2019


Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hibernating Animal Fun: Dormouse Lesson

Hibernating Animal Fun

A unit of preschool ideas 
for different hibernating animals

Welcome to the second week of my Hibernating Animal Fun unit. I'm sorry I fell a bit behind. 

Each week there will be books I recommend to go with each topic, a craft or two, songs, and motion rhymes/finger plays. 

This is the schedule:

Week 2: Dormouse
Week 3: Chipmunk

We continue to start each class with the song "Good Morning to You" plus the snowy songs/fingerplays I found in a book I reviewed last year called I'm a Little Teapot!: Presenting Preschool Storytime compiled by Jane Cobb. 

We sang: 

Snowflakes
(to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Snowflakes whirling all around,

all around, all around

Snowflakes whirling all around,

They are covering the ground.

(The original last line was, "Until they cover all the ground," but it didn't sound quite right to me, so I changed it. We fluttered our fingers all around through the song and spread our arms out for the last line.)

And of course our poem/finger play:

The Snow Fell Softly

The snow fell softly all the night
flutter fingers downward

It made a blanket soft and white
spread arms out

It covered houses, flowers and ground,
make pointed house, finger flowers, flat hands

But never made a single sound

get quieter and put finger in front of mouth

The children love this poem.

Then we got into the actual lesson.

Dormouse Lesson


Our book for the class was:


A Bed for Winter by Karen Wallace is about a little dormouse who is searching for a place to spend the winter. She searches different places, but each space already has an animal occupying it. She finally finds a spot in a hole in the tree, which was the inspiration for our Peek-a-Boo Hibernating Dormouse Craft.

Another cute book is Dormouse Dreams by Karma Wilson. We didn't get a chance to read it, but I wanted to make sure to share it.


Craft

Peek-a-Boo Hibernating Dormouse



You can find instructions for making the craft here.

Songs

I took my "Did You Ever See a Polar Bear?" song, and changed the words to a brown bear that was hibernating. Of course, the children love the "Did You Ever See a Polar Bear?" song, so we did sing that first. You can find the words to that song in any of my Arctic Animal Fun posts. As I did with the Polar Bear song, I added a verse for the dormouse

Did You Ever See a Brown Bear?

(To the Tune of Did you Ever See a Lassie?)

by Karen Waide

Did you ever see a brown bear

a brown bear, a brown bear

Did you ever see a brown bear

Sleeping til spring?

Sometimes he's snoring,

And sometimes he's yawning.

Did you ever see a brown bear

sleeping til spring?

Shrug shoulders with hands raised as in questioning for the first three lines.
Fold your hands together with flat palms and place them to the side of your tilted head.
After singing "yawning" pause to make a big yawn and tap your mouth with your hand.

Go back to shrugging and then place hands at the side of your head again.

Did you ever see a dormouse

a dormouse, a dormouse

Did you ever see a dormouse

Curled up in a ball?

Snuggled up in a ball here

Snuggled up in a ball there

Did you ever see a dormouse


Curled up in a ball?

Shrug shoulders with hands raised as in questioning for the first three lines.
Curl up in a ball
Pretend to roll from side to side

Go back to shrugging and then curl up in a ball again.


They're Going to Hibernate

(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
by Karen Waide

They're going to hibernate

They're going to hibernate

hi ho the derry-o

They’re going to hibernate


March in place.

The bear is in the cave

The bear is in the cave

hi ho the derry-o

The bear is in the cave

Arch your hands above your head, joining fingertips, making it look like a cave.

The mouse is in the hole

The mouse is in the hole

Hi ho the derry-o


The mouse is in the hole

They'll sleep all winter long

Cup your hands in front of you, fingertips touching to form a ball.

They'll sleep all winter long

hi ho the derry-o
  

They'll sleep all winter long

Fold your hands together with flat palms and place them to the side of your tilted head.




And we added a third song:

I am Sleepy

(tune of Frere Jacque)
by Karen Waide

I am sleepy, I am sleepy

Hibernate, hibernate

I’ll wake up in springtime

I’ll wake up in springtime

When it’s warm, when it’s warm

First two lines, fold hands to the side of head and tilt like sleeping
Second two lines, reach arms above your head and stretch.

Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping

in a cave in a cave

He’ll get up in springtime

He’ll get up in springtime

Stay away, stay away!

First line, fold hands to the side of head and tilt like sleeping
Second line form arch over head with fingertips touching
Third and fourth line, crouch down to the floor and spring up (do it for each line).
Final line, hold index finger up and shake for emphasis on each syllable.

Mouse is sleeping, mouse is sleeping

In a hole, in a hole

He’ll get up in springtime

He’ll get up in springtime


Let him rest, let him rest!

First line, fold hands to the side of head and tilt like sleeping
Second line, form hole with hands cupped in front of you, fingertips touching
Third and fourth line, crouch down to the floor and spring up (do it for each line).
Final line, hold index finger up to mouth.

We also added some science to our lesson.

We talked about how hibernating animals aren't just sleeping. We discussed the fact that their heart rate slows down considerably. I used the lemur as an example, as the information was in an article I found online. The lemur's heart rate goes from a normal 200 beats per minute, to just 4 beats per minute! I demonstrated this by clapping 5 times a second and then taking 15 seconds between claps. Then I had the children copy me. It was hard for them to wait for those claps that were 15 seconds apart! We also discussed how a hibernating animals breathing would slow down, though we didn't practice that! Of course that brought up a discussion about lungs, and how the air goes into our lungs and we need oxygen.

I even brought my husband's stethoscope with me, and some alcohol cleaning wipes, so the children could listen to their own heartbeats.

Extra craft

We ended our class by starting an extra craft, which we finished the following week. It is going to be a Hibernating Environment Lift-the-Flap Poster.




Stop by next week for our lesson on the hibernating chipmunk, and to see our finished Lift-the-Flap craft.

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