Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up Week 14! {2014}

Welcome back!  I hope your week was a good one!!  

I appreciate these weekly wrap ups because, I didn't think we had a very productive week!  But, when I went to type up this wrap I, I realized we did much better then I thought!  Yay!!

We didn't exactly have a theme this week, and I think that's why I didn't feel productive.  We were transitioning out of one theme and into another, so we have a lot of hodge-podgy feeling lessons.

Abraham Lincoln

Last week we read all about Abraham Lincoln with a book by Ingri d'Aulaire.  We loved it, but it didn't mention anything about Lincolns assassination (which is sad, but kinda important to know).  So this week, we finished up by reading A Picture book of Abraham Lincoln.

While we read, we used the free timeline printable from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational.  

April Fool's Day

While I had hoped to do more, I was happy to come up with a few things to do to learn about this silly holiday.

We read about April Fool's Day in the Berentain Bear's Big Book of Science and Nature, and also from a printable in the free pack from Rachel Friedrich.

Using printables that are also from the free pack (link above), we drew pictures of silly monsters.

We made silly creatures with our magnetic people and animals.

And, of course, we had breakfast for dinner.  Worked out nicely because we chicken sat for our neighbors this past weekend.  The pay is farm fresh eggs-yummy!!!


It's a new month, so we switched to a new calendar theme.  This month it will be weather.  Thanks to the free calendar cards from 1+1+1=1.

The Human Body

This will be our focus all of next week, but we started our human body unit this week.  We made body cut outs with blank newsprint (from our field trip to the newspaper last year) and then hung them up in the hall.  All four children have one (no one wanted to be left out!).

Then, today, we started learning about bones.  

We read A Book About Your Skeleton and looked at the pictures in Bones by Seymour Simon.  The printable on the left is from a lapbook I printed from Currclick (not affiliate).  The lapbook cost me 10 cents and is still on sale today (it's normally 50 cents, so still very affordable!).

 I purchased a used copy of My Body a couple years ago and we are finally putting it to use!  

Using the templates in the book, the kids cut out legs for their bodies.

Happily added them to our traced people who are currently adorning our stairwell (and are kinda creepy).

Mustang checking out the leg bone she just cut out up against our Halloween decoration that makes a PERFECT addition to our skeleton lesson.  

I really wish we had more time to learn about the skeleton-there are weeks worth of information and experiments we could do, but we only have THREE weeks left of our school year, so we must keep moving.  Next week should be a ton of fun, however, as we go further into our human body study.  I'm really looking forward to it!

I hope you had a wonderful week!

Thanks for stopping by!

God Bless,

Montessori Monday


Phyllis said...

Oh, we have done the My Body project several times over the years. It is always a hit. We studied bones this week, too. Yes, it certainly seems you accomplished a lot this week.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great week! The human body unit looks like it will be a lot of fun!!

Christine said...

Visiting from weekly wrap up. Enjoyed reading about your week. The bone activities look like they were a big hit! Bless you this week.

Wendy Meijer said...

We are busy with the body too, it's lots of fun!