we started a new unit study the 2nd week of january revolving around houses and homes using this site, and finished it up a few days ago. i'm taking the rest of this week to review the unit and plan for our next study.
we didn't cover all the lessons listed for the unit, which is okay since we also do other learning activities that don't necessarily relate to the unit study.
here are the books we read for this unit (i only managed to find 3 out of the 4 core books at the library:
we were tired of living in a house by liesel skorpen
a house is a house for me by mary ann hoberman
let's go home by cynthia rylant (this was gibson's favorite, despite the fact that it was quite a lengthy read)
a house for hermit crab by eric carle
three little pigs by james marshall
in a people house by dr. seuss/theo lesieg
if i ran the rainforest by bonnie worth
henry and mudge and the tall tree house by cynthia rylant
i love, love, love the reading aspect because it provides so many opportunities for open discussion. some of the things we talked about after reading the books included our favorite part of our house and why, comparing and contrasting the images we see of homes in the books with our own home, different types of animal homes (and people homes), home maintenance and decor, and the different cities/states/countries that some of our family live in.
our lapbook for this unit was primarily based on a house for hermit crab:
here and also added some of my own.
we discussed how we all have our part in helping around the home to keep it tidy, clean and well maintained.
we made a home out of blankets and chairs a few times. the kids loved "decorating" the inside and filling it with books, toys and snacks. they even got to have their lunch in there one time.
and here's what gibson did while big sister completed some of the lessons that were not yet suited for his age:
sticking stickers on paper and himself (and sometimes the floor and the furniture)...this is a popular one with him.
coloring. in this photo he wanted to use markers like his big sister so i gave him some laminated number cards and a dry erase marker and let him go to town (clean up was very easy!).
playing with this foamy thingy i got at pat catan's.
and now on to our next study. emma has specifically requested a unit study on winter so that is what we'll do next!