A bit about our first day with a couple of new lesson blocks for the month of October!
Liam will be focusing on Botany, and the Key to Measurement (English units for weight, capacity, temperature and time). Our guides for these blocks are from Christopherus Homeschool Resources and the Plant Study Manual -here.
This first week we will be talking about The Flowering Plant. The plant as a child of earth and sun; the four elements. The water of life; the secret life of the plant.
Luke will continue with seasonal studies of Autumn!
We began our morning reading a library book called In a nutshell, the perfect little story about an Oak tree in full circle to kick off our new lesson block.
Then reading from our guide I read aloud The plant as the Child of Earth and Sun. We discussed– Why things could not grow without the sun. How do the four elements all interact together? How does the Earth support all living things? The four kingdoms of nature- mineral, plant, animal and humans- what do we have in common and what qualities are different?
This was a great conversation and Liam said he was really enjoying talking about it! After our discussion we read a poem and then headed to the table for Liam to create his Botany main lesson book cover page and table of contents as well as making an entry drawing of the four elements in the book.
Meanwhile, Luke and I sat and read the story Beatrice’s Goat. A story about a girl living in western Uganda, who gets the gift of a goat and then receives the gift of an education as a result. Not knowing before hand, this is a book from Heifer Project International, we were commenting that it reminded us of visiting the farm in Mass. a couple of years ago- this is the post from that trip.
We talked about how animals and humans can help each other and how the goat and cow both produce milk. What else is a dairy product?
Luke then did a little activity and made us some butter! (though he wouldn’t taste it!)
Then both boys worked on some math. Liam’s first pages and a project was on weight in ounces, pounds and tons. He did 3 workbook pages and then had to look through the newspaper and find 5 advertisements that showed these weights, then answer- will a larger object always weigh more than a smaller object? His answer: Weight depends on what it’s made out of, if it’s hollow or solid, etc.
Luke and I did some adding, subtracting and dividing! Using a school bus and some pom poms as the “students” I asked questions like- If 3 kids are on the bus and three more are getting on, how many will there be total? He made patterns with them, then answered correctly when I asked him: if there are 12 kids and only three seats, how can they all fit on the bus? He put 4 kids in each seat!
I downloaded this template from The Math learning Center-Bridges in Mathematics- on Pinterest. From the same download I also introduced 3-D shape cards and did a hunt in the kitchen to find the shapes!
The boys then both worked on sewing a leaf shape using felt. Luke used yarn and sewed up his leaf with pre-punched holes and then made it into a leaf guy! Liam used a needle and thread and sewed the veins in the leaf (pic at the top)!