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I'm super excited about this month's activities. Spending a month learning about all of the aspects of Thanksgiving sounds divine, especially as the study postpones the Christmas rush and hype just a little bit longer. I want my kiddos to develop a respect for Thanksgiving. Yes it's nice to share what we're thankful for and prepare a large meal, but it's also so important to understand the history of the Americas, not just the settlers who came to claim a new world, but those who were already here living and cultivating the land.
The theme of this week's activities is Native Americans/Indians. This week's activities also include a study of South America, as we did not go in depth on the subject last month. Later in the month we will study North America. I find it fitting to study both American continents this month, as the Native American/Indian history encompasses both.
Here's what we're doing:
Group 3 Letter Salt Tray
Just like all the other letter cards before, these free cards can be found at Homeschool Creations.
South America Countries & Flags Match Up
HERE. If you notice any other errors in them, please don't hesitate to leave a comment. I want correct any mistakes as soon as possible.
South America Syllable Cards
Source: I created these cards. For your free copy, click HERE.
Indian Irregular Plural Matching
Speech Room News.
I am super excited about all of the books I've ordered from our local library to read this week. At this point in time, I'm unable to give a review on any of the books, but can give the titles and authors, as reading will be a very big part of learning about the Native Americans/Indians.
1. How the Stars Fell Into the Sky: A Navajo Legend, by Jerrie Oughton
2. If You Lived with the Indians of the Northwest Coast, by Anne Kamma
3. If You Lived with the Cherokees, by Peter Roop
4. Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest, by Gerald McDermott
5. Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti, by Gerald McDermott
6. Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale, by Gerald McDermott
7. If You Lived with the Sioux Indians, by Ann McGovern
8. Grandmother's Dreamcatcher, by Becky Ray McCain
9. If You Lived with the Iroquois, by Ellen Levine
Odd & Even Rain Forest Frogs
Source: I created the cards for this activity. For your free copy, click HERE.
Indian Chief Addition
Source: I created these cards. For your free copy, click HERE.
Native American Stick Game
I loved this game idea when I saw it. In all honesty, I'm not sure how legitimate it is in regards to being an actual Native American game, but true or not, it's been a great learning activity. The kiddos are practicing taking turns, sequencing, and so much more. It's quite easy to make too.
Source: I found this activity at Play On Words. I did make one minor adjustment to the number 0 sequence, just because my kiddos ended up with a pattern and that wasn't shown on any of the original numbers.
South America Puzzle
Source: I found the free map at Geography for Kids. Then, I altered it just a little to work for what I needed, including the addition of county names on the map.
Coloring Countries of South America
Source: Once again, I used the map at Geography for Kids, with just a little altering.
Native American HomesLiving Montessori Now. This activity fit perfectly with my desire to teach my children about the diversity of Native Americans/Indians.
Source: These free cards are offered at Montessori for Everyone.
Famous Landmarks of South America
When I researched the landmarks for this activity, I immediately fell in love with the land. If only the political stability of these countries wasn't so fragile and it was safer to be there. I would love to take my family there to visit, especially Dinomite who lives for animals and wants to become an animal expert working in the rain forest. Perhaps someday...
Grain Matching Activity
In this activity the kiddos have six different grains (or grain relations) to identify: quinoa, rice, potato, corn, wheat, and oats. The first step of the activity is to identify the grain with the word cards. The second step of the activity is to identify the plant it comes from. The last step of the activity is to identify foods that are made with each grain.
I did not include cold cereal, because it can be made with all grains. There are some exceptions, especially for those with dietary restrictions. An example of this includes bread in the wheat category. For those that live gluten free or wheat free, this may be placed in another category. Bulldozer is allergic to oats. Thankfully it is not a contact allergy and only ingestion is a trigger, allowing us to have the grain available for him to identify.
Animals of South America
This activity does not include all animals from South America. I'm very disappointed that I couldn't find a llama or something of the like to include. However, the activity does include many rain forest animals (along with others), all of which are in South America. The kiddos will match up the animals to the cards.
Source: I created this activity. For you free copy of the cards, click HERE.
Dream Catcher Craft
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The kiddos will first paint the cardboard. Second they will use string to create the dream catcher. Third they will attach strings to the bottom where they will string beads and tie feathers to finish.
Piano Piece 3
Native American Instruments
Physical Education: We continue using our Fun Family Physical Fitness Activities.
Native American Sensory Bin
The unit would not be the same without a sensory bin to go along with it. The picture above does not show all the contents, but it's the start of a very fun time.
Contents we've included are: corn kernels, both plain and from the Indian Corn activity below, wheat grains, quinoa, rice, black beans, teal colored pony beads, Native American Figures (very hard to see in the picture), and some feathers, which the kiddos decided to remove. I'm hoping to build on the bin each week, if it works out, as we learn more about the First Thanksgiving.
Tweezing Indian Corn
Source: I know I saw this activity somewhere, but I neglected to pin it. My sincere apologies for not siting the source.
Native American Weaving
South American Fruit Taste Testing
And that's our week! Next week we will be focusing on Pilgrims and perhaps continue with our South America study if needed. If not, we'll possibly add some of our first North America activities to the shelves.