Friday, 30 January 2015

Giveaway - I took the Moon for a walk - My Week with Picture Book Explorers

I've used a number of Picture Book Explorers from Branch Out World, but have been saving this one especially for our space study.

One of my favourite aspects of BOW's literature based unit studies is you can pick and choose how many activities you do and take as long as you want (I have been know to spread them out over two weeks) but they have provided enough for a whole weeks worth of lessons, because we were home three days last week I chose to do only some of the activities. The other thing I love is how broad the age range is (I used this with 6-12 year olds) and the activities suggest ideas for both a younger and older audiences.

We started by reading the book 'I took the Moon for a walk' and went through PBE's narration questions and activities;

Moon worksheet
I read the moon facts sheet, moon stories and the girls filled in the notebook page

Moon Poetry
I used the poetry discussion page to explore the poetry within the book and write an extra stanza for the story. We also read the additional poem - the girls loved this so much they decided to draw pictures inspired by the poem and write their own moon poems. 

Simile and Metaphor
We also worked through the simile and metaphor activity

Filled in selected facts on the timeline provided

Maps and Flag
This included facts about Derbyshire, colouring the county flag and labelling/colouring maps. 

The girls got so enthused that they ended up working through lunch and beyond : )

The girls worked on their myriorama landscapes

and started their moon lamp

Hills activity
I read the fact sheet, Rose created playdoh hills and the older girls made the lift the flap notebook page.

We worked through the math activities.

They worked on their well dressing collage

and did some more of their moon lamp.

They explored Nocturnal and Diurnal animals, 

British Wild animals,

and did the experiment.

There were a number of activities we skipped because our week was shorter than normal - We didn't make the recipes, the brochure or poster, moon phases activity (because they did one last week) or the different ageing paper techniques.

Picture Book Explorers come as an approx 60 page PDF and provide a weeks worth of educational activities based on a reading or picture book. They divide the days as follows: 
Day 1 - Explore the Setting
Day 2 -Exploring the words
Day 3 - Exploring the Pictures 
Day 4 - Exploring Science 
Day 5- Exploring Math, Crafts and more 
Each day has between 4 and 8 suggested activities that you can pick and choose between.

We have been so impressed that I have decided to give away a copy of 'I took the Moon for a Walk' and it's accompanying picture Book explorer

This giveaway is open worldwide. To enter please leave a comment below saying which Picture Book explorer you would most like to try and for additional entries like Picture Book Explorers facebook page or subscribe via email.

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Thursday, 29 January 2015


The girls were super excited for this weeks lesson

Rose finished her cushion,

while Lilly and Sunflower finally finished their pencil skirts (they had to learn to create a pattern on dressmaking paper and learn loads of new techniques including darts, waist band, hemming and french seams - so feeling very pleased with themselves)

Tulip is in the middle of her sampler pin cushion so I'll let you know how that goes.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Moon Activities

The first week back after a break is always hard interesting. To make the transition easier I chose some hands on science activities to fit in with our space theme.

Last week was all about the Moon so I had to review craters for Rose when she asked 'why has the Moon got spots?'

We started with a bowl of flour then put a cling film atmosphere across the top,

when she threw the meteors in they didn't get to the surface because it was protected - I quickly explained that Earth is protected by our atmosphere and the meteors generally get burned up by the atmosphere.

Next we removed the 'atmosphere' because the Moon doesn't have one, threw our meteors and observed the crater 'spots' it made.

We recapped how they used the Moon to discover the Earth was round.

Then did a Moon cycle presentation. It started with an orange...

... we held up to the light to show how the side away from the light was in shadow.

We placed our globe (Earth) in the middle of the table and drew a circle around in chalk to show the Moons orbit, placed our Sun in position

then we were ready to introduce all the phases - the New Moon (when the Moon is between the Earth and Sun) appears as a dark circle because all we see the shadow half.

The first quarter etc.

Next we memorised our terms - Waxing, when the lit area of the moon is growing smaller. Waning, when the lit area of the moon is growing larger. Gibbous, when more than quarter of the moon is lit. Crescent, when less than half of the moon is lit. A good rule is Waxing is the right side and Waning is the left.

Then the older three did a write up

while Rose coloured in and worked on a phases puzzle.

She finished by playing 'match the phase' with Tulip.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

You gotta love homeschool when...

.... a sentence leads to over half an hour of child led research :)

The girls were reading their Learn Something Every Day book when they stumbled on this one, 

shocked faces prompted them to search and find a reason for this - apparently it has something to do with cats not digesting their food fully and there being lots of protein left in their feces.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Learning with daddy - math apples

Gotta love when hubby is working from home - just overheard him giving Rose an impromptu division lesson along the lines of "if we have 12 apples shared out between teddy and I, how many would we have each?"

They now have a veritable feast of apples and teddies at the table. My favourite question so far was "there are 8 apples and 6 teddies, how many apples do they get each?"

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