We’ve moved on from the desert, and now we’re getting into the ocean unit. This is our favorite so far, as my kids LOVE the ocean and are going through withdrawls in this hot, dry, Arizona summer. They ask for the beach all the time…
Anyway, we are starting to get into the rhythm of things. We try to do at least one fun activity (fun by her crazy high standards, that is) and also some ‘regular’ stuff. We are using some great printables from 2 Teaching Mommies: http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2011/08/oceans-updated.html
We’ve been busy watching movies and reading books as well… favorites are the Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Disney’s Oceans, and we have more on the list. Their favorite books so far have been “Boat & Wind” by Steve Tiller (great book about trusting God and not losing faith), and “There’s a Sea in my Bedroom,” by Margaret Wild, which is one of my childhood favorites, and that I may or may not have borrowed from my parents house :). Sorry, mom… we’re taking good care of it.
Yesterday, we needed to work on some math and spelling, but I didn’t want to do worksheets. So we used some seashells to make it “ocean” math and spelling. She had fun writing and answering math problems using the shells, and then we painted some letters on our shells and used them to spell her spelling words. Fun stuff!
Today, we did our ocean diorama. Apparently, that’s the one thing that she MUST do during each biome unit. It’s the thing she looks forward to most. We have been learning about the different geographical features under the ocean, so we built them out of playdoh and then added some ocean animals and plants. She especially liked putting the magma underground under the volcano.
Now I’ve just got to figure out how to keep Buddy Roo’s fingers out of it… the blue food coloring would be a disaster if he knocked it over.