Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rock Project

Rock Project

Over the last week I have been working on a rock project with my  2 1/2 year old and 5 year old.  The girls have been very interested in rocks and they absolutely loved these activities. 
 Little Peanut Sorting Rocks Big and Small

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 Sorting by Color
I didn't get a picture of Little Peanut doing this activity, but here is what it looked like when she was finished.
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 Counting and Measurement using a Scale
Little Peanut is measuring/counting how many cubes her rock weighs. 
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Little Sweets is doing the same thing.  She also had to estimate how many cubes her rock weighed and record her findings on a worksheet.  I got the worksheet here.
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 Writers Workshop- Describing Words
Together we came up with words we could use to describe different rocks.  Little Sweets helped me write the words on the board.  She picked a rock to write about and wrote about it in her journal.  (She usually includes a princess in all her drawings.  This princess had an amethyst jewel in her crown.)
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 (Shiny, purple, rock)
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Sensory Box/ Rock Identification
Little Sweets found rocks in her sensory box.  We used the rocks and cards from her game Rock On.
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 We also found some Mica when we were hiking up in the mountains a few weeks ago.  Here she is using a book from the library to identify the rock. 

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Language Arts
 We use guided reading as part of our Language Arts curriculum.  I got these books from Reading A to Z.  The first book was her guided reading book that she read to me.  The second book is also a guided reading book but is intended for third graders.  I used it as a read aloud.  It had tons of interesting facts about gems. 

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 Little Sweets drew a picture of her favorite rock and answered questions about it.  I got the worksheet here.
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Rock Salt Experiment
The girls are helping me make rock salt.  We are still waiting for the water to evaporate.

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Little Sweets has really been into maps lately.  Here she is identifying where gems are found around the world and placing a picture of the gem on the world map.  (She had some help from mommy. )

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Spooning Rocks into an Ice Cube Tray
Little Peanut is working on her fine motor skills as she spoons the rocks into the ice cube tray.
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Counting Cards
Little Peanut is placing a rock on top of the counter on the card.
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 Rocks as Math Manipulatives

  Little Sweets used her rocks to help solve addition problems.
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Homeschool Classroom/Playroom

Our Homeschool Classroom/Playroom

This is our classroom/playroom.  My husband built the shelving and the bench for the room. We  got the cabinets from Lowes. We made the bench cushions out of plywood, foam, and fabric. I love it because we store the toys inside the cabinets and it adds extra seating.  I got the idea for the seating here. 
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This is where I display the girls work.  I got the idea here.
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Little Peanuts Tot Trays
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Little Sweets Workboxes 
We just started using these.  I love them because they keep me organized and are easy to store. I put the items Little Sweets needs to do for each subject in the boxes.  Here is a great tutorial if you want to learn more about workboxes.
(These are scrapbooking storage boxes. I bought 4 for about $15.00.  They were on sale and I used my homeschool teacher discount.  I got them from Michaels.) 
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Storage Closet in the Classroom

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Storage in the Garage.
I know it looks messy, but I know where everything belongs.  : )
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