Friday, November 27, 2015

Book: Cranberry Thanksgiving

1. Book: Cranberry Thanksgiving
We have now moved up to a new curriculum, Five in a Row, age brackets 4-8. 

First to row, (to read five days in a row) is this book, since Thanksgiving is this week.

We do not celebrate Thanksgiving here but we are grateful for many things, and because of that we give thanks.

2. Bible & Virtues
We match the book with readings about giving thanks and forgiveness.

3. Geography, Vocabulary, Art
We locate the setting on the map with disks (which we drew and colored )and made a lap folder to view our activities easily.

4. Science
We made and compared starched laundry.

5. Sensory, Color, Science 
Before we started our story, we lighted lavender scents, looked at the flowers, gathered colors of lavender, and talked about where it is mixedsuch as soap and oil.

6.  Experience
Though we were not able to make homemade turkey or bread, but having them to eat has been a memorable experience.

Before the day ends, do an act of kindness, and say a word of praise and a loadful of thanks to God!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book: The Big Green Pocketbook

We are almost done in our Before Five in a Row Curriculum (a Literature based home school guide).

We are about to start Five in a Row (this is the continuation wherein age group is 4 years old up). We intend to continue doing this even combined with formal schooling. Why? Because it is so much fun and we learn a lot.

1. Book: Big Green Pocketbook
A mother and daughter day out.

2. Field Trip: Go to the Actual Places
We rode a Jeepney.
art by Robert Alejandro

We went to a Bank, Laundry and a Bookstore.

3. Arts 
Drawing, cutting, pasting, we are making the stores they visited.
Doing the Bookstore

4. Typing and Writing her name
Same with the story, since we do not have a typewriter, we are improvising with a tablet.

Cutting, Punching and Lacing activity, Make your own green pocketbook

6. Make Believe
Bus riding , to shop visits and souvenirs, we were the characters in the book

7. Memory Game
Arrange in sequence the places they went in the story

8. Materials and Texture
Being an architect, we always discuss different building materials and finishes, now it's a great opportunity to discuss with my daughter.

 Marble top, Wood Floor, Leather seats, Furniture

We ended the week with an ice cream! :)
Go out and have fun. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Night Creatures: Bats

Bats are always associated with Vampires, it's time to get to know them a little more.
1. Book: Stella Luna
This book has been overlooked in bookstores, but this is one of our favorite books, a story about a fruit bat, a mother's love and friendship with other animals, birds in particular.

2. Field Trip: A Visit to the Zoo
Shown below are fruit bats, mango is among the menu.

3. Video & Book: Magic School. Bus, Going Batty
Our favorite book and tv series.

4. Science & Vocabulary
Research on Fruit Bats and Vampire Bats:
-They hang upside down.
-Some bats can see clearly at night, some use echolocation.
-They are nocturnal. Darkness protects them from predators like owls.
-They are mammals.
-Vampire bats don't kill for blood, they drink a few from cattle and livestock, usually.
-The risk for humans from a bat's bite is rabies.
-We have to protect them, natural habitats such as caves are being exploited by humans.

Words to encounter: Echolocation, Nocturnal

5. Geography
Locate  Transylvania, Romania in your map
Point out where Fruit bats can be found, one of them is here in the Philippines

6. Toys for easy recall of the discussion

Hope you get to see bats in new light.