Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sneaky Snake and Crayon Earth

Today was our first day of homeschooling around extracurricular things.  We had our Home Scholars meeting (a meeting with the members of our homeschooling group) at 11AM, that is, smack in the middle of the day, so I wasn't sure how our homeschooling work would get done, but we managed and I am here to share.

Here, Mags is in line to jump over the "snake" in the gym at Home Scholars today.  (This was very appropriate since we were learning about the "Sneaky Snake" in our Bible study today!)
Trying her hand at the jump rope ...
In our Home Scholars class, we also put together our passports for our countries study.  We found the template for the passports at  (We will be using it this year for our at-home studies as well.)  So cute!  (Maggie was especially proud that her picture included her cat!)  :)
Continuing with our Bible studies, we read about Adam and Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden, so we decided to illustrate it with this spiral snake idea we found in our Alternatives to Worksheets book by Karen Bauer and Rosa Drew, page 27.  For the same, you need a large paper circle in the color of your choice (we chose green because we decided the sneaky snake in the Garden of Eden was probably green like the leaves of the tree he was in), scissors, and markers or crayons.  
 Cut your circle into a spiral, like we did below, rounding out the head on the end.
 Next, we wrote two Bible verses about the snake from the third chapter of Genesis that we read from today, all along its body.
 Finally, we added eyes.  (Mags chose to make them red.)
 A sneaky snake!
Next, we made this "Slithery Snake Craft"  as seen at  All you need is white cardstock, crayons, scissors, tape, a hole punch, and paper brads.  (You can also add googly eyes and a ribbon tongue like we did.)  To start, you need to print the template for your snake's body parts at  (We printed three templates so our snake would have three regular body sections, a head, and a tail.  You can print out more to make your snake longer.)  
First, cut out the pieces and color, like Maggie is doing here.
 Once your pieces are colored, use tape to seal the edges together, like below.  
 Here are our pieces, colored and rolled, then adhered closed with tape.  
 Next, punch holes into the ends of each of your pieces (with the exception of the tapered ends of your head and tail).  This is where your pieces will connect.
 Then, add one of your brads to two overlapping holes, pushing the tips of the brad down to secure.
 Your snake should look like this (or longer if you choose) once all the pieces have been secured together.
 Add your snake's eyes and tongue using glue.
 All done!  And very cute!  :)
Today, we reviewed our letters Ee and Ff, focusing on the short and long sounds that e makes.  We read Phonics Tales! Short e: The Best Nest by Liza Charlesworth, a book I thought was a great resource in our review!
Later, we read What Is a Scientist? by Barbara Lehn in our Science study today.  (Next week, we will think like scientists when we learn more about the Scientific Method.)
Day 3 of our Geography/Social Studies work had us scaling down again (from the universe and then the solar system) to focus on planet Earth. For the same, we read On Earth by G. Brian Karas (a really great book that describes our revolution around the sun in a very easy way to understand) ...
... Blast Off to Earth: A Look at Geography by Loreen Leedy (Maggie loved this one because she is OBSESSED with robots, so I read the entire book in my best robot voice) ...
... and All Around the World by Judy Donnelly (another really great, informative book). 
After our reading we set out to make a crayon Earth, using the melted crayon technique as seen at  For the same you need blue and green crayons, a crayon sharpener, wax paper, a hot iron, scissors, a hole punch, and ribbon.  First, you sharpen your blue and green crayons to get lots of shavings from the same, like Mags is doing here.
 Then, place a towel on your ironing board, followed by a sheet of wax paper.  Dump your shavings onto your wax paper, and place a second piece of wax paper on top of that, like below.
 Cover your top layer of wax paper with another thin towel and then dry iron the towel (don't use steam), very carefully, for about 2 minutes, or until all of your crayon shavings are well melted between the two layers of your wax paper.
 Here is ours, well melted.
 Groovy!  :)
 Then, placing a bowl over your melted crayon, use a pencil to trace the bowl so you get a perfect circle.  Once traced, cut with scissors, punch a hole at the top of your circle, and then thread your ribbon through the hole, tying the end to make a hanger.
 Finally, hang your "Crayon Earth" in a window to catch the light.  (You may want to position your shavings to resemble the continents better than we did here.)  :)
We must go finish some math, but check us out again tomorrow when we zoom even closer in our Geography/Social Studies work, to focus on continents and countries!

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