Archive for November, 2013
It seems like we cannot come home from the library without at least one Curious George book! If you have never read one of these books to your children or grandchildren then let me share a little bit about him.
Curious George was brought from Africa by the Man with the Yellow Hat! George, being a monkey, cannot seem to stay out of mischief no matter where he is – hospital, camping, pancake breakfast, library etc. George never means to cause a problem & in fact is always wanting to help but sometimes his “helping’ isn’t what humans think he should be doing. The stories always end on a happy note though & our kids just love them.
As I was preparing a study on Curious George for Caleb recently I learned from this study that the Houghton Mifflin Company had a dedicated page of FREE George printables. You just click on the one you want & it automatically downloads via PDF file which you can them save & print as many times as you like. Of course you do need to have Adobe Acrobat on your computer to download them.
For FREE Unit Studies on Curious George you can get them at the Homeschool Share Website:
- Curious George (Just finished this one with Caleb & he loved it! Pictures shown are from this.)
- Curious George Gets a Job
Caleb learned about where Africa is, birds, traffic lights, farm vs zoo animals, wide variety of different boats, Alexander Bell the inventor of the telephone, firefighters, water safety etc. Will he remember it all? Of course not but he now has a reference to look back to. For example when we study boats again in the future we will be able to pull the boat pics out from this unit that are all laminated & revisit them.
Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning
So it is time for me to take my head out of the sand & acknowledge that Thanksgiving is in fact only 2 weeks away & Christmas is only 6 weeks away! AAGH! I really want to teach the children about the origin of Thanksgiving this year but whether I will actually get something organized by next week has yet to be determined! LOL! In the meantime if you have children/grandchildren at home & you would like to see some colorful decorations around your house during this Thanksgiving season head on over to Education.com where they have FREE downloadable Thanksgiving decorations. 17 pages in all! (Page 1 shown below.) Even if you do not have kids around you may want to do some of these yourself to add some color to your home 🙂 I will be printing these out & getting the children to work on them next week. Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning Liz
The first Lapbook Caleb completed was written for the book Jesse Bear by Nancy Carlstrom. Caleb absolutely loved doing it & still takes it out most days to play with. The book is about a bear named Jesse who gets up & goes out to play, comes in at noon for his lunch, is excited when his daddy comes home & then enjoys his bath & being snuggled up in his bed at night.
The Lapbook is available FREE on HomeschoolShare.com & the book should be available at your local library. We actually ended up purchasing the book as it is definitely a keeper.
I did a lot of preparation beforehand so that we were not wasting Caleb’s precious concentration time on cutting out etc. I laminated both the rhyming words & the lunch plate and food items.
Knowing that the small food items would soon get lost around here I added velcro dots to the back of each piece along with the opposite velcro pieces on the dinner plate. This activity was placed on the back of the folder.
Our favorite component has been the Alphabet Laundry matching game. This has helped Caleb in his letter recognition immensely. The aim is to match up Capital/Upper Case Letters to their Small/Lower Case counterparts. There are socks to be paired up & also some shorts & t-shirts. There is a mistake in one of the letters (I needed to redo the small “t” and “q.”) If you would like my PDF file for the correction please email me. There are too many of these to fit into the Lapbook so we just keep them in a big envelope inside the Lapbook. It goes without saying that I laminated all the “laundry” & it is just as well I did, as Caleb has played & played with them. (Picture below shows only a sample, not all the letters.)
I highly recommend this Lapbook for little ones.
Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning