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This month our theme of study is the earth. I found it only appropriate to first focus on the Creation. The kiddos have been having a fabulous time learning about all of the different creations one by one, to the point where they're really starting to understand it all. As I've prepared all of the activities for the week, I found myself in awe of all the many things that have been created on this beautiful Earth. It really is overwhelming!
I've separated the activities by day of the Creation. The first few activities are just Earth/Creation related activities.
Six Days of Creation
Source: I found the number cards HERE.
Above you can see all of the little items in our basket! The kids have LOVED this activity!
Creating the Earth with Beads
I love these sort of activities for the kiddos. They prove to be difficult for Bulldozer but very rewarding for Dinomite and Princess.3 Dinosaurs as part of the Space Pack.
Earth Bead Bracelets
Spooning "Earth" Balls Activity
I just love Melissa & Doug Puzzles! Princess does too. She can now complete any 48 piece puzzle independently!
Day 1: Light
Let There Be Light
There Was Darkness
I loved how they used their hand muscles and fine motor skills to completely cover the baby food jar. It proved to be work for Bulldozer.
Day 2: Sky
Source: I found this activity at Living Montessori Now, one of my favorite resource sites. I made all of the cloud formation cards. For your free copy, click HERE.
Demonstrating a Rain Cloud
Source: I found this activity at Living Montessori Now.
Day 3:Seas, Land & Plants
Sequencing the Growth of Plants
Source: I found these cards as part of a Garden Printable Pack set at Home School Creations.
Land & Water Masses
Day 4: Sun, Moon, & Stars
Source: I found the cards at Noor Janan Homeschool.
The Sun, Stars, & Moon
Day 5: Sky & Water Creatures
Where Do Fish Live?This activity was inspired by a book my son took out from the library. As always, I was trying to find an activity that would be a challenge for Dinomite, since animals are his world and he knows far more about them than I do. Identifying oceans was way too easy for him so, with the help of my husband, we came up with this activity.
There are six categories or choices of where the fish live:1. Warm Salt Water2. Cold Salt Water3. Warm Fresh Water4. Cold Fresh Water5. Hatches in Fresh Water, Lives in Salt Water6. Hatches in Salt Water, Lives in Fresh Water
Each location can be matched to two fish cards. Matching numbers are on the back of each set of cards so the kids (and Mommy) will know the answers. I designed all of the cards using pictures I found online. It turned out pretty well!
To save those who are interested, the time and effort it takes to research which fish live where:1. Warm Salt Water-Devil Ray & Great White Shark2. Cold Salt Water-Atlantic Cod & Smooth Flounder3. Warm Fresh Water-Catfish & Piranha4. Cold Fresh Water-Lake Trout & Northern Pike5. Hatches in Fresh Water, Lives in Salt Water-Pink Salmon & Sturgeon6. Hatches in Salt Water, Lives in Fresh Water-European Eel & Cougar Eel
Source: I created this printable. For your free copy, click HERE.
Bird Beak Identification
Source: I found these cards at Montessori Print Shop.
Day 6: Land Animals & Man
Animal & Continent Match
Source: I found these printables at Walk beside Me.
The Body of Man
Source: I created these cards.
The kids are definitely understanding the story of the Creation much better and are developing a very deep respect for it as we all have learned just how complex it is. It's been a fabulous way to start out our Earth study unit this month!