I put together some I spy bottles for the older children to play with and see what they could find. Basically a plastic bottle, filled with rice but not completely too the top, so the rice will move around and a variety of small objects. I took photo of each object before it went into the bottle and made up some spotters card. So if the children wanted to, they could cover each picture as they found it, so they knew what was left to find.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
This did cause a lot of discussion on what was it? Followed by why did they dry the animal skins etc. So I talked to them about why they would use animal skins etc
These were some of the other books we used.
We made dream catchers and told the story from the Ojibwa tribe about the spider's gift.
They also made bead necklaces from cut up pieces of plastic straw, they sorted them first into colours and then created different patterned necklaces.
As we had talked about tracking and hunting, I used this sheet of tracks from the Nature Detectives website and printed of some pictures of the animals for the children to try and match up
I also made up some number clip cards with Native American symbols on.
and out came the number 8 play dough mat, as spiders have 8 legs.
So as well as joining in most of the activities with the younger children, middle one also wrote a short story about going exploring, sketched flowers in the garden and found out some more information about them from the gardening books. Mapped were some of the different tribes lived and looked at some of the different types of housing etc as well as learning a lot about the Nez Perce tribe from the Kaya books. Studied spiders, how and why they spin webs, the different types of webs they spin etc
There was probably a lot more that we talked about but it would take ages for me to write everything up but this gives some idea how the childminding and home ed can work together well. We do follow a maths and English curriculum that she follows as well as doing all of the above.