MAR
15
2011

Expedition Earth: Mexico

Hola and welcome to our week on Mexico! Here’s what we did this week, and what we got pics of! Located Mexico & the Gulf of Mexico on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish– Hola! Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a Spanish Song Made homemade tortillas Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Mexico Learn about the underwater city of Tenochtitlan Made a play-doh Aztec Temple Learned more about Mexico from National Geographic Kids Geography from A-Z pg 40 Seamount Learn about the 4th Wonder of the World: Chichen Itza Children Just Like Me Book Made sun clay faces and pots with Terracotta clay Went out to a local favorite Mexican restaurant, yum!Each week we go over all of the countries we’ve learned so far, plus our new one: Mexico! Here’s our Mexico whiteboard, we review the facts daily through the week and sing our fun song: We worked on our mapping and flag … [Read more...]

MAR
09
2011

United States: Navajo Sand Painting Craft

We made this fun Navajo Sand Painting craft for our week on the United States of America! Well, not this one, the below painting was done by my dad, he’s done sand paintings for years and this was one he gave to me for my birthday! Thanks Dad! It is super easy and fun, but a bit messy so be fore-warned! Supplies: Colored Sand (I found small colored bags at Michael’s hobby store) Small wooden square for canvas White craft glue mixed with water (70/30) to thin glue, but not too runny! Paint brush pencil (to draw on design before adding glue and sand) Optional: cookie sheet or plastic tray to work on! Directions: STEP 1: The night before, paint entire front side of wooden block with water/glue mixture and cover completely with white sand. (Or whatever color you wish). You may have to do 2-3 coats to get the board completely covered. Let dry overnight! I recommend doing this activity on some type of tray to keep your sand contained. Mine are from Lakeshore Learning you can click here … [Read more...]

MAR
07
2011

Expedition Earth: United States of America

Hello and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on the United States of America! My daughter told me at the start of this lesson, mom, we live here, we don’t need to study it! Here are some more of the fun things we learned about on our expedition this week: Recited the Pledge of Allegiance (we do this daily anyway) Sang the USA National Anthem Located the USA and Washington D.C. on the world map Learned about the US Flag American Flag Graham Cracker Snacks: (recipe below) Learn about the Statue of Liberty Sang an American Classic Song Living World Encyclopedia: Rivers and lakes Learn about Mount Rushmore See Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park Geography from A-Z Butte, Canyon, Geyser, Rapids, Gulch Learn more about the United States of America from National Geographic Kids Learned about US animals and classified them on our wall Animals from US mini-book Learned about the Washington Monument Learned about the Navajo People Made a Navajo Sand Painting craft … [Read more...]

MAR
01
2011

Expedition Earth: Canada

Salut and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Canada! We had a great time learning about this unique country and the kids loved that they are our neighbor! Of course we started off stamping our passports and finding Canada on the map (yes, that’s the Teeny Tot, she insists on doing everything the big kids do): Here are some of the activities we did this week along with things I managed to capture on film! Say “Hello” in French: salut (silent t) , “Thank You” : merci Locate Canada and capital Ottawa on the wall map Sang a Canadian song Completed mapping and flag worksheets Read Children Just Like Me Book on Canada and found where they live on the map Learn about the Inuit Community Watched some cool videos from Nunavut Canada! (Warning, some of the video is a tad graphic, they harpoon a seal and eat it.) Learn more about Canada from National Geographic Kids Learn about Niagra Falls Learned about and classified 6 animals of Canada Animals from Canada mini-book Make … [Read more...]