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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Habitat Week (Snowy Habitats)

More library books this morning about anything alaska/arctic/antarctic: polar bears, penguins, whales, sea lions.

Then we went into town and got - what else - snow cones! We took our snow cones to the park and read "Mr. Popper's Penguins" in the sunshine as we enjoyed our treats. This book is so-so entertaining, but nearly every chapter has good information about penguins, like how they build nests, take care of their young, how they stay warm, what they eat, how they hunt for food, etc.

After snow-cones and the park we came home, took care of the goats, splashed in the sprinklers (Which it was a little chilly for), and started on the craft project we should have done last week with health and nutrition week: weaving a jump rope.

"Family Fun" has the best set of instructions for this. It takes no time at all to get the hand of this weaving technique, but it does take a LONG time, at least by my impatient standards. We worked on our jump rope for nearly 2 hours, and it got about 4 1/2 feet in length. Which was just long enough to make it useful as a mini jumprope: And also as a leash!

Our other lesson today was on learning the continents. I drew a large (and nowhere close to-scale) version of a world map on my driveway with sidewalk chalk. I taught them to sing: "North America, South America, these are continents...Africa, Europe, these are continents...Asia, Australia, these are continents, Antarctia and the Arctic!" After singing it about 10 times each, it started to stick. When I tested them, by asking them (out of song order) where each continent is, they generally go them right. We still have a little work to do. They would easily mix up Asia and Australia for some reason? More work/play with it tomorrow!

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