Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dino Dig

Hi, readers!  I hope everyone had a terrific Valentine's Day!  Ours was pretty uneventful after our busy week of vacationing and the break was welcomed.  Today, we finished up what we weren't able to of our Dinosaurs curriculum.  Tomorrow, we will start a curriculum on Weather and Birds.  Here are some of today's photos, followed by the rundown:

Our Triops materials, ready for a home ...
 Adding water to our 'aquarium' ...
 Here, Mags is conditioning and testing the temperature of the water, making the water optimal for our Triops eggs.  (We'll add more pictures later when we add the eggs, but the conditioning process takes 4 hours!)
 Our Dinosaur Fossil Kits ...
 The unearthing begins (Aunt Mary Lee would be so proud) ...
 Is that a bone?
 Yep!  We've got something!  :)
The dinosaur skeleton we unearthed, all put together!  A T-Rex!  :)
 Ready to make some treats!  (I was so proud of this find ... the kit was only $2 at Big Lots!)
The decorating begins ...
 A smiling stegosaurus! 
 Looks ... ummm ... delicious?
 This is a great moment!  She just wrote her name all by herself on the top of her worksheet!  We were both so excited!  (This mom was so proud.)  :)
 Maggie!

Today, we:
Letter 'S':
1. We looked at and discussed big letter 'S' and little letter 's' and words that start with 'S': snack, snake, Sapp, socks, sandals, shoes, star, spaghetti, squash, Steven, spoon, smile, swing, sleep, sloth, stairs, etc.
Dinosaurs:
1. We set up our Triops in their 'home' for observation over the next few weeks.
2. We put together our Rice Krispies Treats Dinosaur Kit.
3. We played with our Dinosaur Fossil Kits, and unearthed dinosaur 'bones,' which we then pieced together to make complete skeletons.  (We then talked about how Aunt Mary Lee does this same thing for her work!)
4. We completed another Mighty! Dinosaurs paint poster.
5. We discussed some animals that we see today that have similarities with dinosaurs (alligators, turtles, frogs, birds, etc.).
6. We read the 'Look at the Frog!' article in our High Five magazine, March 2011, page 35.
Opposites (review):
1. We watched the Baby Bumblebee: Opposites and More! DVD that we borrowed from Netflix.
2. We completed the Short/Long worksheet that required her to identify the shorter object in each group.
3. We completed the Left/Right worksheet (page 12) in our Care Bears Thinking Skills workbook.
4. We completed the 'Biggest of All' worksheet in our Getting Your Preschooler Ready for Math book, page 80, which required her to compare the sizes of different dinosaurs.
Numbers:
1. We completed page 17 in our Numbers 1-12 workbook, which required her to match each number with the correct group of things.
 
Thanks for checking in with us!  See you again soon!  :)

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