I don't know where this week went. It seems that the weeks are going by faster each day. Here are my top two books I love from Lesson 15.
I realize you may not be able to get them at your local library, but if you do, I'd hold onto the DK Earth one for a while. :)
It's like a mini encyclopedia that takes us through the entire 3rd quarter of Earth Science. It's very pricey through Amazon, so I'd only recommend it if you can get it for free.
My second favorite book is this one... it takes you through the formation of mountains in a great way for kids to understand. Also talks about doing a "towel" experiment to explain what the Himalayans are doing.
Here's the great picture illustrations of mountains forming with the plates.
I love great illustrations. It gives me such enthusiasm when I can understand and explain a concept clearly to my children.
So in my opinion if the books you use can make you understand and make it simple for them to learn it, then it's a good book.
The best movie for Week 15...
"Farther than the Eye Can See"
It's about Erik Weihenmayer from Boulder, CO who is legally blind and climbs Mt Everest. He was the first blind man to climb Mt. Everest and the movie takes you through the journey and shows how he trained to do it. I wasn't sure if my kids would like it, but they surprised me and did.
We made mountains the easy way. We took sheets of paper, colored them,and taped the edges together to form cones. Then we placed them on a simple outline map and discussed what where each went.
Here's a song/ chant I made up to go along with our mountains.
My little helper is not a snapper, so she claps along.
"Henry the Navigator" became quite the dinner topic on Tuesday. That is one of the things I love about home schooling. Another mom once told me, "I loved home schooling because our dinners were never boring." I have to agree, when most kids are asked, "What did you learn today?" Their response is often, "I don't know," or "Nothing."
But when we sit down to eat I can generate questions that probe more understanding. Tony and Lucy really loved my fact sheet for History and those pictures gave them a lot to talk about.
As for Math and Reading activities- I updated a couple things I did as well. For Tony he uses Kindergarden Singapore Math and although I love it, I want to make sure he is getting it. So I stopped this week and made some extra practice sheets for him and today we just used dominoes to help with adding and subtracting.
After doing the extra practice I felt like he was getting it.
Go here to see the details.
For Lucy, I worked on review of her letters by using manipulatives and letter cups. Fun and easy prep.
The rock candy update.... It's going well! Yeah!!!
Today is our day we eat the candy. Turned out well. Here's the recipe in case you missed it.
My only advice is to switch out the cups if you notice it hardening near the bottom. I suppose if I had done this more often, the candy would have "grown" more.
For all these activities and more, I have written up Weekly Lesson Plans that detail objectives , supply lists, book lists, web links, and step by step plans for just $3/ week. Please go here for Lesson 14 and 15. If you are past Lesson 14, I'd say its' a great review lesson for review time in the summer.
Last but not least, Lesson 16 is ready and up for sale on the blog. I'm doing something a little different with this set, so read here for more info.