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However, with that said, there are definitely a few new activities on the shelves that the kids have gone crazy over. Who would have thought? Here's what we've been doing!
Source: I found this idea at Smart School House.
United States Landmarks & Symbols
My mom picked this up at a yard sale. We don't play it as a game, but it works perfect to practice our spelling in a different way!
Tens Boards & Beads
Sequencing the Growth of Plants
Source. I found these cards as part of a printable packet at Homeschool Creations.
Geography & Culture:
United States of America Puzzle
This is a repeat, but again was requested by the kiddos. They are LOVING learning about the 50 states. By the end of the year, I'm guessing they'll know them better than I do.
Parts of a Plant
Source: I found these free parts of a plant cards at Montessori Materials.
The Animal Kingdom
We spent an entire month learning about mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish way back in February. To check out those activities click on the names of the groups above. If you would like a printable I created for any of those units, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the post and title of the activity.
The kids learned about the five groups of animals and know them quite well. Yet we hadn't reviewed them since. This year, not only will we review each group, but also include mollusks, arachnids, crustaceans, insects, and echinoderms. This is our intro activity into those new groups and how they compare to the old. I admit, Dinomite's vast collection of animal figures came in quite handy. However, I couldn't find his squid, which I was disappointed about.
Source: I created this printable. For a free copy, click HERE.
The Inside of a Flower & All It's Parts
|Missing from the picture are scissors and a magnifying glass.|
A dear friend just happened to bring me some beautiful flowers last week. As the petals have started to fall, I felt inspired to use them as part of our learning time this week, and boy am I glad I did. This was by far the most popular activity on the shelves on Monday. The kids had an absolute blast taking apart a flower to discover all it's insides. I placed a set of flower part cards in the tray so they could learn the names of what they were seeing. Each day I've used a different kind of flower, so they can see the variations in the size and design of parts.
Source: I found the free flower part cards at The Helpful Garden.
Composer Nomenclature Cards
Piano Lesson 1 Continued.
Art: The kids have been working on drawing pictures of their family and house all week long. I'll post my favorites at the end of the week.
Yogurt Taste Testing
For your free printable, click HERE.
How to Put Batteries in a Flashlight
I keep forgetting to mention that we've been adding the iPad to our shelves, using different apps specifically designed for kiddos with autism each week. When I get up the ambition and have time, I'll be sure to make a list of the apps we've used so far and enjoy.
Next week our activities will be focusing around the theme of our religion. Since we are members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many of the activities will have to do with the history of our church. I'm super excited about this, as I have a trip to Palmyra, NY planned. We only live 45 minutes away. Its' been a long time since the kiddos have been there! Hopefully the weather and budget will cooperate!