In week two of our early fall journey, we are learning all about leaves and about our heart and lungs.
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- Song: Head and Shoulders
- We are learning new songs now that Kai really enjoys singing and has begun to pick up the words to songs we sing all the time. Each song is scheduled for two weeks, so that she has plenty of time to pick up the lyrics and hand gestures.
- PE: Animal Walks
- Crab Walk, Bear Walk, Frog Jumps, and Inchworm Crawl are our go to animal walks, but we’ll be trying out some new ones on this list of 13 Animal Walks for Kids.
- Calendar: Seasons
- We’re learning about how seasons change from summer to fall, and what signs we look for to know fall is near (leaves turning, temperatures dropping, etc.)
Outdoor Nature Study: Leaves
- We’ll be investigating different types of leaves at the park and recording them in our nature journals. We are also working on one-to-one concordance in math, so we will be counting our leaves, and also sorting them by different categories for our next activity.
Process Art and Handwork: Leaf Rubbing
- We will collect a variety of leaves and do leaf rubbings with crayons. We will discuss using matching and not-matching colors to do the leaf rubbings (does the crayon we are using matching the leaf? What does the leaf match?).
Indoor Nature Study: Parts of Leaves
- We will be using diagrams and three part cards to learn about the different parts of leaves. With three part cards we often play matching and memory games, as well as vocab building.
- We will also label leaf parts on some of the leaf rubbings we did on Monday.
Life Skill: Setting the Table/Tea Time
- Tuesday is tea time! First, Kai is going to set the table. We’re working on putting the utensils in the correct places. Then we are going to have a treat and some lemonade in a tea cup and read a book from the book basket.
- We also do a math activity from Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 1.
Science: Cardiovascular system
- This week we are learning about our heart, lungs, and blood. We will be using three-part cards and our magnetic human body. We’ll also be discussing how we breath in the oxygen that trees make, and trees need the carbon dioxide we breath out.
Sensory: Blood systems water beads
- Inspired by I Can Teach My Child, we will be taking a closer look at what blood is made of.
Seasonal: Apple Picking (Saturday)
- We are headed to a U-Pick Apple farm this weekend to pick some apples, learn how apple cider is made and bring home some apples for next week.
- We may have to reschedule this because of the weather. Hurricane season is my least favorite part of fall.
- Lemonade is a huge hit around here and we are going to make it from scratch. We’ll be cutting lemons, squeezing them, measuring juice, water and sugar, mixing it all up and pouring it into cups.
Ancestor Tale: Persephone and Hades
- Instead of reading a story from a book, Fridays are for oral story telling. I learn a new story every other week to tell Kai, and we act out the story with props. Usually the story gets acted out again and again during playtime and bed time, as Kai tends to really enjoy this kind of story telling.
Painting and Drawing
- On Fridays, I tell a story and Kai is invited to paint or draw something from it.
If you want to see how it went or follow along, I generally post our school photos to our Instagram either on the same day or soon after.
Specific Materials for Week 2:
- Red Water Beads (blood system sensory bin)
- Ping Pong Balls (blood system sensory bin)
- Red Craft Foam (blood system sensory bin)
- Human Body Three Part Cards
- Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Play Set
See our School Supplies post for general supplies used throughout the year.
- 8 lemons
- 2 cups sugar
- 8 cups water
- Wash lemons
- Slice lemons
- Squeeze/juice lemons, making sure to strain out seeds. Use or discard the pulp as you like (we’re a pulp-free kind of house)
- Add lemon juice to sugar, and mix well
- Add mixture to water, stir