Many people have told me how much they hated geography when studying it in school as kids. I’m always rather shocked; nerd that I was (ummm…..am), I always thought geography was awesome! History and economics and political science, blah blah blah, not so much, but places and the stuff that goes on there? And maps? Heck yes! When our homeschool group was deciding on the last co-op class of the year, I couldn’t get geography out of my mind. What purpose does learning about Bolivia serve when kids (and adults) don’t have a clue where Bolivia is? So I set out to create a world geography class to accommodate 19 kids ranging in age from 3 to 12, and I’ll show you how you can do it for your co-op (or even just your own kids), too.
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While my kids aren’t winning their wish of getting a pet seahorse (“thanks,” library book!), we have just finished up a super fun little study on seahorses after a few things fell into place nudging us in that direction. For instance, on our trip at the nature center, the kids came across a family of seahorse skeletons. Then, later that day, we returned home to find that Seahorses were the cover feature of this month’s issue of my daughter’s “Your Big Backyard” magazine. So, off our adventure began!
Beach in a bottle: Inspired by some craft shells I found at Hobby Lobby, we created our own little beach in a bottle, and it’s become a game as well. We filled small bottles with colored sand and shells (fun all in itself for the kids with spoons and funnels), adding one tiny seahorse. Now the kids can rotate the bottle and search through the sand to find the seahorse mixed with the shells.
The kids found an Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle in the backyard over the weekend, and we’ve been “bugging” the subject quite a bit. Dad caught a second one, so now we have two living in a mason jar with flowers, grass, and dirt. They are both named Seed.
We picked up one of my daughter’s friends on the way to the library to get Eric Carle’s “The Very Clumsy Click Beetle,” and we enjoyed a fun bug study for the day. (We also discovered Carle’s “The Very Quiet Cricket” and “The Very Lonely Firefly,” which are extremely charming as well.) (more…)
Current events, geography, weather phenomenons, community outreach, compassion, writing, and spelling… We worked it all in today as we surrounded our lessons around the devastating tornado that ripped through Missouri last night, killing 90 and destroying a town. Weather websites had the recent natural disaster in photos. The American Red Cross issued this statement on their Disaster Alert Page – “Jasper County Animal Control is now on site at the Joplin, MO Shelter to help accommodate the pets of those who are in need of shelter due to the storms that stuck the Joplin area tonight.”
In addition to our donation to the Red Cross, we decided on a unique way to give back during this tragedy. I always feel helpless during times like this, wishing I could do something to help, not knowing what. The statement about the Animal Shelter inspired an idea for me. The kids and I put together an animal relief kit, with blankets, dog and cat food, pet shampoo, toys, and various helpful items and shipped them off this afternoon to the Joplin Humane Society to help with any homeless animals they may be sheltering after this storm.
Groundhog day this year brought a blizzard of activities in our homeschool: we studied the word blizzard and how to look it up in a dictionary, then did various snow science experiments such as timing and observing a gallon of snow melting (they were amazed how little water is left after the snow shrinks away), measuring how much water expands when it freezes into ice, dying snow with food coloring, and more. We also tried this delicious snow ice cream recipe, which the kids had a lot of fun with!