Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Littles Learning Link Up: May 8, 2018: Rock Cycle Fun

 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 (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.

What have we been up to?

In our school time we have been continuing to read through the book of 2 Kings, learning about Elisha and the miracles he performed.  We just started memorizing Isaiah 40:21-24. We are focusing on a couple of verses a week. We will actually be focusing on Isaiah 40: 21-31 through the end of the year.

The children continue to work on math using CTCMath as their primary math. Though Harold has been using Math Seeds and Hannah likes to use Starfall on occasion. For Language Arts we have been using Home School Navigator, reading different fairy tales and looking at different aspects of L.A. at the children's different levels. 

And yes, we are continuing through our reading of The Children's Homer, The Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson. 

Here's a quick look at last week:

We finished up our study on glaciers using the media enhanced book from Weigl Publishers. We worked on word building with the game Word-a-Melon. Amelia has been working on cursive. Then there are some pictures of our days, reading, exercising, working on the computer and math drill. The bottom right picture shows the children gathered around the computer listening to the read alouds for the books with Home School Navigator. 

I finally got us back into the science lessons scheduled in the MFW lessons. Yesterday we learned about the Rock Cycle using crayons. Here's a quick peek at what we did.

The children and I weathered (grated) the crayons.

Then we mixed the sediments (shavings) together.

We applied pressure in the form of hammering.

The shavings partially stuck together, but when I tried to pound them some more, even taking them outside to pound harder (daddy was asleep upstairs) and stomp on it with my feet, sadly what had become fused together broke up. So, we gave up on the sedimentary rock section, planning to do it again in the future. We moved on to applying heat.

And here are our igneous rocks, I mean crayons.

I was then reminded that I had shared a guest post about this very subject a couple of years ago titled, Using Crayons to Learn About Rocks.

And then I remembered we studied rocks several years ago. We made Chocolate Rocks Cookies:

We might just have to make at least one of those this week.

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

Last week I shared my review of Weigl Publishers and the media-enhanced books we have been enjoying. 
Later on in May I will share the reviews for Kids EmailHome School Navigator, and the book T is for Tree: A Bible ABC from Reformed Free Publishing Association

In June I will be sharing reviews of New American Cursive 2 from Memoria Press, and Critical Thinking Detective Book 1 from The Critical Thinking Co.

Here are some things I would like to share with you:

We are so glad it is finally starting to feel like spring around here. Are you looking for some springy crafts or activities to do with your children. I invite you to check out these past round ups.

And Mother's Day is this weekend. I feel like this one crept up on me. If you are looking for ideas, I invite you to check out my very first Littles Learning Link Up Round Up:

Don't miss this giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of A Round of Robins picture book by Katie Hesteman, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier.

Open to US Residents 18 and over.
Ends May 13th, 2018

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 13 wonderful posts linked up. I will be sharing a randomly selected post and the top clicked-on post.

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:

Kristen from A Mom's Quest to Teach shared Crafts: Mother's Day "I Love You to Pieces" Card

And here is this week's most clicked on post.

Emily from Table Life Blog shared Bird Eggs Craft Project Inspired By An Egg is Quiet.

Join the Party!

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.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Littles Learning Link Up permalink please.

I am sharing over at

Homeschool Coffee Break

1 comment:

  1. We just did the whole crayon/rock cycle thing recently, too!


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