"All I have learned, I learned from books."
- Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Amazing Places-Journey Around the World

For our geography time we started to read "Children's Encyclopedia- Amazing Places". I've created that project some time ago but I didn't introduce it until now, because it seemed that Eaton wasn't interested in geography when we tried to watch short documentary movies about places around the wolrd. I guess this type of learning is not appealing to him yet. But when I shown him the encyclopedia of amazing places he was drawn to it right away. 

Here is the example page from the inside of the Encyclopedia
I prepared mini cards with names and pictures of all places from encyclopedia. When we read the informational page of one place we glue the picture on  the map and mark the place on the specific continent. Then, Eaton draws the line using a ruler. Recently he started to draw line by hand.He says it's more fun this way. I think the best fun part of this game is to find a picture of specific place, glue and mark it on the map. Great hands on activity. It works for my boy.

It is fun to watch Eaton showing his map to anyone who visit our house. He is so proud of it.

Visual Spatial Learners love maps

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Natural Table

Nathaniel is the one who loves collecting natural treasures. He brings them inside the house, he plays with them, observes them and he have so much fun when  someone wants to buy them in our pretend store.

Here is the natural table

All Nathaniel's collections of: stones, turkey feathers we find walking around our subdivision, shells we find on the beach, corals and lava stones. I added some magnifying glasses for observing, small plates for putting on his treasures. All is here in this little discovery center.

Stacking flat stones on top of each other-challenging activity.

Matching shells to their pictures is Nathaniel's favorite activity

Also, I made some math graph activity using materials Nathaniel brought home from his outside playes

That's all for now :)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Classification of Shapes

Here is another project we did together following Beast Academy book-Classification of shapes. We have huge roll of brown paper that I thought we could use for this project. I cut out some shapes and Eaton did glue them on the right spot. For a little bit he was confused between polygons and quadrilaterals but after few examples he corrected himself and finished the activity.

 Project ended up on the wall so Eaton can practice the knowledge of shapes and their classification
Here is the original picture of that project from the Beast Academy book

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Types of Angles Activity

 Recently we started Beast Academy Book 3A and I wanted to share simple activity I created that goes with the book. The little poster itself is  included in one of the beggining chapters. I wanted Eaton to practice matching triangles on a poster based on different types of angles. I laminated 2 sheets together. On one side I included definitions, the other one doesn't have them. He can practice at the beginning with definitions and switch to another side when he is ready for a challenge.

HERE is the activity.

Eaton did some activities from the practice book
I asked him to create shapes with acute and obtuse angles.
He had real fun with a protractor. We learned how to use it and how to measure angles.

 I used THIS temple to draw different angles

His art "tractor" using protractor

Have a great day!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Lego Eiffel Tower

When I saw this post from Homegrown Learners website I couldn't wait to give that activity to Eaton. I wasn't sure if he will be interested at this point but I gave it a try. I did print out only 2 landmarks for Eaton at this point. Eifel Tower was my first choice.
When I shown Eaton that picture and ask if he wants to create it using Lego there were 30 seconds moment of silent. He was looking at this picture and I assume he already started to visualize how he can do it. After about half of the minute I asked him again. He said yes. 
 He went to Lego table and started to build. He asked me not to look. I sat down close to him. I was separating Lego pieces and Eaton was building Eifel Tower. It was great 40 minutes to watch him being so focus on the project. I really love that part of him. 
At certain point his Eifel Tower wasn't strong enough, it was collapsing each time he wanted to put pieces on top of it. I thought he would get frustrated and walk away. I did offer my help that was rejected immediately;-) He did work on it for a little bit longer and said proudly that he figure it out. OOO how much Eaton was proud of himself when he was done. He loved that project and said he want's more. We have enough Legos, so why not:)

Daddy was proud of his son's work :)
That was very creative day.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Pentomino is a geometric figure formed by joining five equal squares edge to edge. There are twelve pentominoes.
Pentominoes is a great idea for Visual Spatial Learners. Eaton had lots of fun with that foam set when I presented to him. I'm glad  he liked it. 
I smiled when Eaton said to me: "Mom, it is better than tangrams!!!" I created 6 pieces of each pentomino. All together Eaton had 72 pieces to play with. Besides that, they have nice colors  and I think that itself played a big role.



Eaton changed this transformed into...
Free Play
I did play with my kid at the table as well. I just put pentominoes together to create bigger rectangle. Eventually I found a final piece that matched. 72 pieces were enough to play for both of us.
 What to teach:
1. Free play: allow your child to be creative and have experience with all the shapes. Kids can see how each individual piece fits together with other shapes, what shapes they can create putting few pentominoes together etc. My boy constantly creates transformers.
2. Creating rectangles: What is the smallest rectangle you can create from these pentominoes? Eaton found 3 pieces to create one.
3. Enlargement: Example: using 'Z' pentomino create larger version of it using other 11 pentominoes.
3. Perimeter. Sort the twelve pentominoes according to the length of their perimeters.
4. Line of symmetry: Ask your child to draw the line of symmetry on all of the pentominoes.
5. Rotational symmetry: Ask your child to identify those pentominoes that have rotational symmetry. (Only 'Z')
6. Tesselation: Which of the pentominoes will tesselate? What if I have 'T' pentomino, can I cover the whole plane surface with 'T's? 

Here are sheets I created

Some resources I found interesting searching Google.
1. Printable Pentominoes from Scholastic
2. "Chasing Vermeer" from Amazon.
3. Teacher Resources online

 Have a great day!