Friday, October 12, 2012

{HomeSchool}: Weekly Wrap-Up

This week our home school theme was "God Made the Animals" with a focus on farm animals.  Since we went to Owen's Farm (here), I considered that a major activity.  We talked about the animals, different characteristics, and the sounds they made.  We also made distinctions about where they are found (geese-water, horses-stables, etc).

He talked about the animals for a few days, and I think he believes that all goats will eat out of his hand.  Hopefully we never run into a stray goat...does that even exist?

The other themes of the week:  color-green and yellow, shape-circles and lines, numbers-1, 2, 3 and letters-h-k.  I need to do a better job at the letters, so next week we'll really focus on those.  

Colors...we've got those down.  For a fun activity this week, we combined colors and shapes and made "Baylor Circles."

Pretty simple.  I found a few different sized cups, lids and yogurt containers for the different sizes.

He really liked this activity, and did a great job of stamping (and not wiping)...though only for a little while.  Then he wanted to get messy.  I'm always directing play time, so I let him just go with it.  It's no surprise orange is his favorite color, and he requested blue to go with it.  I'm going to say it wasn't a coincidence, and my kid is just a complimentary color genius :)

He did a few circles, then just wanted his hands dirty.  He combined colors, wiped, smeared and had a great time.  My OCD needed to add a few more circles once he was done.  Since his hands were really dirty, and we needed them clean for our next project, I had him "dab" them in a meaningful way...and I get another fun reminder of his chubby hands at 2.5 years!

While the paint was out, I decided to do a little Halloween craft.

He's OBSESSED with paint on his feet.  I think it's from all of the seasonal crafts when he was little, and I would paint the bottoms of his feet (and it would tickle).  He's always game for a little foot painting, so we went with it.

(Stephen was home early to catch the his sweet face in this one)

His feet ghosts are the perfect addition to our living room wall!

Our last activity for the week was using cause and effect skills.  He's still a bit young, but he definitely learned that when you add water to a coffee filter, the colors bleed.

And he loved spraying water.  LOVED.

(Check out that mouth...he's working hard!)

We did an orange one, too.  Figure we'll add a jack-o-lantern face and hang it for Halloween.

After all the spraying he needed a little hydration.  Love that boy!

Happy learning!

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