Saturday, February 23, 2013

School Time With My Father's World : Unit 6- Tt Turtle

Unit 6- Tt Turtle
Words to Remember: I don't quit! I persevere! 

(Here is another school time post that I didn't post when we were done with the unit. We have been finished with Tt:Turtle for a few weeks now as we have been working on Unit 7-Uu:Us. But I wanted to share what we did for T, so here you go)

We are back on track with our My Father's World lessons after all the holiday stuff and a week of snowmen activities. And this lesson couldn't have come at a better time. There have been days when I have been so overwhelmed that I just want to give up. Then those words to remember pop into my head and I repeat them over and over and over to myself.
I have gotten us into a bit of a different schedule and am trying my darnedest to stick to it. When the girls finish their breakfast and their after breakfast chores are done they are able to take turns alternating between the WiiFit Plus (their physical education time, right?) and coloring a topic related coloring sheet.

For the past 2 weeks we have been focusing on the letter Tt and the topic was Turtle. The girls had lots of turtle coloring pages to color during their after breakfast coloring time.

On the WiiFit Plus they enjoy the Tight Rope,

and the Obstacle Course. This past week Amelia finally completed the beginner course all by herself; she was soooo happy. And what really touched my heart was that her sister was genuinely thrilled for her. 

When I am done cleaning up from breakfast I get our lesson ready. I then nurse the baby while we do our "circle" time, which consists of prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Pledge to the Bible, the B-I-B-L-E song, and our calendar/weather time. We then move onto our letter.
On day 1 Tabitha shows the word cards, sounding them out (or Amelia can try sounding them out) and Hannah finds the matching picture card to put on our poster.
On day 2 I show the word cards and have the girls take the picture cards off the poster.
On day 3 I write the word on the chalkboard and have the girls put the picture cards on the poster. They can try to guess which word I am writing as I go.
On day 4 we play a game with the picture cards. I lay out 3-6 of the cards and have them close their eyes while I take away a card, they have to figure out which card is missing. Even Hannah has been getting some of them.
On day 5 Hannah picks a card and Tabitha and Amelia take turns trying to write the word on the chalkboard by sounding it out. Hannah then puts the picture card on the poster. They also take turns erasing the word by using a wet paper towel to trace over the letters.

Usually on Monday we have a muffin tin. Well, for our Turtle lesson I couldn't quite fit what I wanted to do in a muffin tin. So I made them this Tortoise and the Hare meal on a plate.

I am not sure how I came across this website, (it was probably when searching for turtle images to color), but I thought it was a great site. They have pictures to print out and they have some words underneath to trace. The great thing about it is that you can customize it and change the words. So I changed "Turtle" to have the girls write their words to remember, I don't quite, I persevere.

As Hannah already had colored a turtle picture, I didn't want to give her another one right this moment, so I gave her some big Ts to trace.

Then we started our paper plate turtles. We made these a couple of years ago when we did the letter T. We probably would have made them again anyway, but being the craft for My Father's World they were sort of a definite. 

The girls each painted the bottom of 2 paper plates green.  These are the turtle's carapace and plastron.

And Harold sat at the table snacking

When they were dry (on a different day) I had them cut out legs, head and a tail. Then I stapled them together and they glued some shapes on the shell.

We discussed how a God gave a turtle a great defense mechanism where they are able to scrunch up into their shell and hide. I had the girls draw some different animals and insects on the board, then we said whether the turtle would eat it or hide from it.

The turtles had to watch The Tortoise and the Hare episode of Super Why! with the girls.

We also painted Toilet Paper tubes as a part of the Flowering Baby lesson for Hannah that week. These toilet paper tubes would become candlesticks for Jack Be Nimble. You can check out my review of Flowering Baby, LLC here.

And Harold was again eating a snack. At least it keeps him happy.

Here they are jumping over the candlesticks after they were complete.

In honor of our letter T, I made Tater Tot Casserole (it was my new recipe for Chicken Broccoli Tater Tot Casserole).

In addition to the Flowering Baby curriculum, Hannah has been busy learning her colors,

and working on matching letter magnets.

And Harold has been busy building 2-block towers.

We also read some fun books with our T Unit:

The Tortoise and the Hare: An Aesop Fable (Reading Rainbow Books)

(And the girls acted out The Tortoise and the Hare repeatedly as a part of SongSchool Spanish. You can see this newest Schoolhouse Review Crew Review here.)

Hi, Harry!
(A story of a slow-moving tortoise who tries to find someone to play with him.)

Emma's Turtle

(A story of a pet box turtle who digs his way out of his backyard pen and imagines he is having adventures in Africa and India as he moves across the backyard.)

My Little Book of Painted Turtles (My Little Book Series)

Description from Amazon, "This book is a delightful story about a new family of painted turtles. From the safety of the nest where the baby turtles hatch to the security of the pond where they search for food and witness the changing seasons, this beautifully illustrated book is ideal for introducing young children to the wonders of nature. "

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  1. What wonderful ideas. Everyone looks so happy. I so wish I had done more of this with my kids when they were younger.

  2. This is a great group of ideas! Thank you for sharing with us at Share It Saturday!

  3. Looks fun. I love your girls dresses.

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