Wednesday, May 14, 2008

making tracks

Since I'm still avoiding my "to do" list, I'll post about what we did yesterday :-)

Let me just start by saying that one of the most fabulous things about homeschooling here in the city is the support we get from random people that we meet. In the kids' martial art class there is a woman who is a former teacher. She occasionally checks out experience boxes from the Field Museum's Educational Loan Program for a teacher friend, if her friend gets done with the box before it's due, she brings it for us to play with. But besides this, she works one on one with the kids after class to make sure they know their forms. Also, each day in martial arts during the end of class they do a wish for peace in a specific country and state. This woman takes the kids over to the globe for them to find the day's country and state. She never gives them the answers, just guides them through finding them on their own. With doing this she's also been teaching them the songs to memorize the continents and the oceans of the world. We are so fortunate to have people like her in our lives.

Okay... on to the experience box....

It was about animal tracks. Unfortunately our time with the box was limited, so we didn't get to do as much with it as we could have... but we still enjoyed it. The kids were excited to start playing with the rubber stamps that were included, so I gave them each a piece of cardstock and had them pick a stamp. Once they had stamped their paper, they started looking through the guides to identify their animal print...

The kids labeled their prints as they identified them...

(oops... forgot the border on that pic)

We then read the books included in the box. One of them was a beginning reader that Clara could read on her own. It was a fun little project for our afternoon!

Yikes... lots to do today... gotta run!

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