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Christmas Etc In Brief and Delayed

So much went on over our Christmas unit but I have to share a few resources…

Snowflakes are all sorts of awesome. So we had to look into them a little. For books we used:

  • The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • My Brother Loved Snowflakes by Mary Bahr
  • Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg
  • Snowfllakes by Martha E.H. Rustad

For Christmas this year we went from nursery rhymes to Christmas carols. Origins and meanings are so interesting! To help us out I found two books:

  • The Carols of Christmas by Ideals Publications
  • Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins

We read a few favorites… The Gingerbread Man, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (a Canadian 12 days of Christmas), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The list goes on. 

What I really wanted to share was the idea of finding out a little history about the things we say and sing. Delving into the history of Christmas Carols made us stop and think about how long they had been around, why they appeared, how symbolism has changed. Christmas is a great time to look at the root of things, and to revisit old favourites. For more examples look at our Nursery Rhyme Posts. (a delayed one with that too, they will be linked)IMG_20171204_105716_262

Minmi

Another delayed post… but interesting all the same. I hope they are helpful to someone and of nothing else, a wonderful record of times when the kids and I had fun learning about something new and just a bit unique.

 

While 2014 has not had us digging deep into the dinosaur world like we have, we did find the time to learn all about this Australian herbivore. The Minmi is named after a water body in Australia and is one of the most complete sets of fossils. Things like stomach content, skin texture and all sorts of fine details are saved in the fossils. It is believed that this dinosaur was often washed to sea and preserved as it was definitely a 4 legged land mammal.

Emanuel found this dinosaur most interesting due to its many armored plates and its obvious herbivore nature. We had a great discussion about where Australia is and how this was NOT a large armored dinosaur. Now we did have a rather interesting video by La Trobe University. Australian Dinosaur – Minmi.

And the links were actually plentiful on this dinosaur:

  • EnchantedLearning HERE
  • Australian Museum HERE
  • Age of Dinosaurs HERE
  • Find the Best has a great picture HERE
  • Dinosaur of the Week HERE
  • KidsDinos.com HERE
  • The National Dinosaur Museum has a lengthy article HERE
  • Wiki has their article HERE
  • We got our picture off of deviantArt by hyphenatedsuperhero HERE
  • We FOUND this dinosaur in a library book – The Big Book of Dinosaurs by DK.

India, a Resource Project

Ok another WAAAAAAY delayed post, no images just resources. (I fib, one image of a sari skirt I splurged on for this year’s wardrobe. The colours of India are AMAZING!) I am determined to get my bum in gear and get these posts up in a more timely manner. But for today, humble pie. I should have had this up half a year ago!!! Check back tomorrow as I continue to prove to my kids that even MOM finishes EVERYTHING (within reason…) she starts! 

 

So we had these grand plans to do a family project on India in a timely manner, oops. But we did spend a summer and then some learning about a very distinct and colourful country and I will try and share the links, books, etc that we used. And then I took a lifetime and a half to post this post

First off. Google is your friend. We spent a lot of time searching for pictures for topics to colour. Mandalas, saris, the Taj Mahal. There are all sorts of colouring pages out there.

Since my resource list is a bit weak this time around, here is the list of topics the kids chose from. I gave them the option to pick and chose and varied the expectations of report content and length according to each child. So Trinity would do a list of facts vs. Zander having paragraphs or Echo colouring a picture.

  • Globe location
  • Government – levels, type, capital, voting rights
  • Country – independence, languages, time zones, founding, state/provinces
  • Landscape – mountains, water bodies, landmarks, position on map
  • Climate – seasons, one week of comparative weather, snow, natural disasters
  • Animals – unique to country – we chose one to do a report on
  • Plants – unique to country
  • Agriculture – most prevalent and where
  • Food – famous for
  • Symbols/emblems – flag, official symbols
  • Religions – main religions
  • Currency – what is used, exchange rate to USD, when it came into use
  • Main groups of people – who are they, caste system, poverty vs. rich numbers
  • School – minimum grade required, types
  • Inventions
  • Imports/exports/economy – what are the main ones
  • Sports – most popular
  • Holidays – major holidays
  • Music and crafts – most common, popular, make some
  • Tourism/Famous people
  • Choose a topic

Books were an important resource. Here is my short list. Libraries really are life saving

  • India by Manina Chatterjee
  • Focus on India by Bojang Brownlie
  • Taj Mahal by Linda Tagliaferro
  • India ABC’s by Marcie Aboff
  • Welcome to India by Patric Ryan
  • India by Don Nardo
  • India by Joanne Mattern
  • The Mauryan Empire and India by Ellis Roxburgh
  • India by Julie Murray
  • India by A. Kamala Dalal
  • Living in India by Chloe Perkins

For a fun activity we tried out making Henna decorations on paper hands as explained by Activity Village HERE. Education.com is always a help HERE.  Beyond the Henna activity Activity Village has a whole selection of resources HERE.IMG_20180328_150104_136