Thursday, April 11, 2024

Spring Dot Pages and Light Table Printables

My kids have really been enjoying light table play lately, so for spring, I made them some printables to use with it. I made a flower and a butterfly, but with dots and without.
To use on the light table, I just printed the pages on to  blank transparencies. I also set out a container with magnetic bingo chips.
I was able to print the same pages on regular paper to use with  Dot markers.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Tot School: Circles

Now that we are done with Color Themes, we are moving on to Shape Themes. Now, compared my middle child, Juniper is not quite as obsessed with shapes. Rather than focusing solely on shapes each week, I think we're also going to do some other themed activities that span a couple of shapes. That means, some of these posts might be a little sparse.

Circles, however, had plenty of activities! Juniper was 21 months.
Her wall area had these posters from The posters are from The Learning Effect, as well as her completed artwork.
Magnetic bingo chips on the light table were a huge hit. She liked them so much, I even had her do her circle dot page with them.
Play dough included some fondant cutters, a cookie cutter, a stamp and a "polka dot" design roller.
She traced some circles. Well no, I helped her trace them and she colored them. (Printable here)
We also looked at some sentences about circles in her pocket chart. (Printable here)
She used her paper punch to make some circles. She definitely needs some help, but enjoys the activity!
Stacking spools.
Playing with her coin box.
Using Do a Dot markers to decorate a circle.
Coloring circles by color. (Printable here)
She really wanted to put dot stickers on her coloring sheet.
Circle fruit fraction puzzle. She liked "cutting" the fruit apart more than putting them together.
Her big brother had Connect Four out, so she wanted to use it too.
She both played with the Otrio board and used the rings on her pasta stand.
Opaque and translucent circle shapes. I kind of expected her to ignore these, but she was interested in them. Mostly, she stacked the shapes.
Circle size sequencing puzzle.


Monday, April 8, 2024

Biomes Units: Desert

 As we tour the world, we are also learning about various world biomes. Recently, we spent a couple of weeks focused on the desert. 


Here are some of the mountain themed books we read.
Desert Homes
We try to read one or two "math" books every week. We included Coyotes All Around while we were studying deserts.
We used The Secret Explorers Desert Disappearance for our read aloud.


Cactus puzzle from a Plant Anatomy Science Puzzles set.
I found these cute little desert animal stickers
He did a couple of pages from the Habitats book.


We watched the Bill Nye the Science Guy Deserts episode.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Desert Vocabulary Cards


My homeschooler just wrapped up studying deserts as part of our Biome Units. As part of it, he matched vocabulary cards cards which I had made years ago. When I went to link the vocabulary cards, I realized I never posted them, so here they are! 

3 Part Vocabulary Cards for desert animals to go with the desert Toob!

Print the Desert Animal Vocabulary Cards Here

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Egypt and Morocco Week

This week in our Around the World Homeschool Curriculum we focused on Egypt and Morocco.


As always, we read many great spines on these countries, but here are some extra picture books we read:

One Wish (Morocco)
He read about sand cats from Morocco in 


Cairo page from Seek and Find Around the World


We tried Shakshuka from Morocco from the Global Feast cookbook. Not our favorite, unfortunately.

Read Aloud:

Since we are working on deserts in our biome unit studies, this week we read The Secret Explorers Desert Disappearance. Archer really liked it and had me read extra each day.


Archer watched an Art for Kids Hub video on how to draw pyramids. I think it turned out really well!


See other Africa posts here:

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