Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wordless Wednesday: January 23, 2019 (w/linky) - Field Trip: Buffalo Museum of Science Part One

We were very thankful to be able to take advantage of the free admission day at the Buffalo Museum of Science. As usual, I took a LOT of pictures. This week I will be sharing the fun activities that were a part of the Independent Health Community Days. Next week I will share the fun we had in the rest of the museum.

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

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 on your Wordless Wednesday post or in a list of Wordless Wednesday linkies. Just link it to my Wordless Wednesday permalink please.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Littles Learning Link Up: January 22, 2019: Paper Plate Walrus Craft

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.

We are continuing our Arctic Fun unit in the Pre-K class at our homeschool co-op. The first week we learned about polar bears and how they keep warm. The second week we learned about the arctic fox and camouflage. And last week, our third week, we learned about the walrus, and discussed sinking and floating. Did you know walruses have inflated bags under their necks that help them stay afloat in a vertical position? I didn't until I was researching for the class.

I have been sharing my Pre-K unit posts on Fridays this month. However, it is on Tuesdays that I have been sharing the craft that we made. This week's craft was inspired by a craft that was a part of this month's Arctic Fun Round Up. Kate, from Crafts on Sea, had created a really cute Walrus Craft for Kids. While I liked her idea, I had some of my own that I feel made this Paper Plate Walrus Craft unique. 

Paper Plate Walrus Craft

You will need:

Paper plates (one per project)
Orange construction paper
Black construction paper
White cardstock
Large googly eyes
Glue sticks
Orange Markers
Brown paint
Cotton balls

In preparation I cut the mouth parts out of orange construction paper. I got four out of 1 sheet by folding it into quarters (just to let you know how big they are). I then cut small ovals out of black construction paper for the nostrils and curved tusks out of the white cardstock. 

I chose to use the cotton balls (held by clothespins) for the children to apply the paint because they can cover a large area quite quickly and it doesn't matter if they rub the cotton ball back and forth. Plus the children could choose to add some texture by dabbing up and down if they chose to.

We started by painting the paper plates brown. I chose to use regular paper plates with the wrinkled edges because we were able to discuss the fact that walruses have wrinkly skin.

After the paper plates dried, we assembled our walruses.

I instructed the children to only apply glue to the top half of the orange mouth section, and then to place it toward the bottom of the paper plate.

Then we applied glue to the top of the tusks and slid them under the mouth flap.

We then glued on the nostrils and attached the eyes. We were fortunate to have purchased googly eyes that were self adhesive; however, we did find that once they are applied, they are very hard to remove. Just a warning if you use that kind.

Then we added whiskers with the orange markers. I told the children to make several vertical lines on each side.

They were very excited to show off their walruses.

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

The Crew year has begun. We have just started using the IXL Learning site, which we have a year membership to. And I learned we will be reviewing the newest Heirloom Audio Adventures release titled, For the Temple. There are some really cool products coming available, but I will not know for at least a couple of days whether we are reviewing them. We are also still reading the book called Animals in Time Volume 1: Historical Empires and Civilizations. This also came with an Activity Book. And the children are working on an activity box from Cooper & Kid with their dad. 

Here are a few things I would like to share with you:

More of our Arctic Fun


Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 14 wonderful post linked up. I will be featuring two randomly selected 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:

Legacy Homeschool Reflections shared Podcast

This week's most clicked on posts is:

Kelly from Our Everyday Harvest shared Valentine's Day Heart Tree {Preschool Craft}

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.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- January 22, 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. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Goosebumps 2 DVD US only Ends 1/29

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Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife .

Friday, January 18, 2019

Arctic Animal Fun: Arctic Fox Lesson

Arctic Animal Fun

A month-long unit of preschool ideas 
for different Arctic animals

Welcome to the second week of my Arctic Animal Fun unit. I am really enjoying teaching the Pre-K class at our homeschool co-op. Back in October I did a Pumpkin lesson which included reading books, songs, motion rhymes, and crafts. For the month of January I decided to focus on something cold. In the past I have done snowmen and penguin activities, so I decided to focus on the Arctic this time around. 

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

This is the tentative schedule:

Week 2: Arctic Fox
Week 3: Walrus
Week 4: Narwhal
Week 5: Orca or Beluga Whale

As I mentioned last week, we start each class with the song "Good Morning to You" as I used to do at the Montessori. Just a song to get us focused on our day. Then I found some snowy songs/fingerplays in a book I reviewed last year called I'm a Little Teapot!: Presenting Preschool Storytime compiled by Jane Cobb. 

We sang: 

(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.)

We also did the following 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

Then we got into the actual lesson.
Arctic Fox Lesson

As we did last week, we started out by skimming through the book, What Lives in the Arctic?. This book gives some brief information for a handful of arctic animals. This week I only focused on the details for the arctic fox though. 

Then I wanted to connect our lesson to last week's so I read the book, Ice Bear and Little Fox by Jonathan London.

This book is told as a story but gives factual information about arctic foxes following polar bears to find food. However, in this story the arctic fox ends up helping the polar bear by warning him of danger. In real life the fox would either be picking at whatever the polar bear leaves from a kill or trying to snitch it while attempting to not become the polar bear's meal.

We also read the following non-fiction books, both of which have lovely photographs of arctic foxes:

Arctic Foxes by Emily Rose Townsend has one photograph on each double page spread, with information given in easy to read sentences, usually just one or two per page, in large font. It gives physical characteristics, plus information about where they live and what they do. The book concludes with a glossary, suggested books and websites, plus an index.

Arctic Fox: Very Cool by Stephen Person is actually more appropriate (in my opinion) for elementary school children. There is a lot of information on each page, and more detail. However, I did use the book to share some of the pictures, such as what a den would look like, what baby foxes look like, the difference between their summer fur and their winter fur, plus an encounter with a polar bear.


We then made our Textured Paper Plate and Tissue Paper Arctic Fox that I highlighted in this week's Littles Learning Link Up. This was a craft that was included in my Arctic Fun Round Up at the beginning of the month.

Science Lesson

This week we focused on how the arctic fox is designed to stay hidden in its surroundings. We talked about the big word "camouflage" which some children recognized once they heard it because of their parents wearing camouflage when going hunting. We saw how the brown fur helps the arctic fox stay hidden in the summer, and how the bushy white fur keeps it camouflaged in the winter.

Then we made a "Camouflage and the Arctic Fox" booklet.

I just folded a piece of cardstock in half. On one side I wrote "Summer" in brown, and on the other, I wrote "Winter" in blue. 

We used brown construction paper cut into a hill shape, plus brown and green markers for the summer side, and more white tissue paper squares and cotton balls for the winter side. Plus I found a fox template on Google, put it in my word processing program, shrunk it down to size and printed out enough for each child to have one brown and one white fox.

Here is my sample of what the finished books were to look like.


We sang our "Did You Ever See a Polar Bear?" song from last week, but I added a verse for the Arctic Fox.

Did You Ever See a Polar Bear?

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

by Karen Waide

Did you ever see a polar bear

a polar bear, a polar bear

Did you ever see a polar bear

Sliding on the ice?

Sliding this way and that way

Sliding this way and that way

Did you ever see a polar bear

sliding on the ice?

Motions to go with first verse.
Shrug shoulders with hands raised as in questioning for the first three lines.
Then step and slide left and right a few times.
Go back to shrugging for the last line and step to the side one last time.

Did you ever see an arctic fox

an arctic fox, an arctic fox

Did you ever see an arctic fox

following a bear?

Creeping this way and that way

Creeping this way and that way

Did you ever see an arctic fox

following a bear?

Motions to go with second verse.
Shrug shoulders with hands raised as in questioning for the first three lines.
Then put your hands in front of you and pretend to creep.
Then creep quickly left and quickly right on tiptoes.
Go back to shrugging for the last line and finish off by pretending to creep forward.

And we sang one more song I came up with

Oh Can You See the Arctic Fox

(to the tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man)

Oh can you see the arctic fox
Shrug shoulders and hold hands up questioning gesture

the arctic fox, the arctic fox
Continue to shrug shoulders

Oh can you see the arctic fox
Still shrugging

hiding in the snow.
Cover eyes with both hands

You can’t see the arctic fox
Shake head 

the arctic fox, the arctic fox
Continue to shake head

You can’t see the arctic fox
Still shaking head.

he’s camouflaged so well.  
Cover eyes with both hands


Then we played a game where the children had to take a beanbag (that I made with white socks and beans) and toss it onto the white snow on the top of the brown dirt so it would become camouflaged.

And then we played follow the leader to remind us that the arctic fox followed the polar bear. Each child took a turn being the leader.

We ended our class time with the following finger play, also from the book I'm a Little Teapot!: Presenting Preschool Storytime compiled by Jane Cobb.

Dressing for Winter Weather

Let’s put on our mittens
put on mittens

And button up our coat
button coat

Wrap a scarf snugly
throw scarf around neck

Around our throat.
Tug one end down

Pull on our boots now
pull on boots with both hands

Fasten the straps
fasten with fingers

And tie on tightly
Our warm winter caps
pull on cap and tie

Then open the door
turn doorknob and pull

And out we go
step through pretend door

Into the soft and feathery snow
look up and pretend to catch snow

Stop by next week for the Walrus lesson.
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