Tag Archive | Jane Chapman

Penguin Resources

So from platypuses to penguins… we are truly into the “P” critters!! So of course it is time for a resource blog!

Free lapbooks!


Helpful Websites



  • Paper Loop Penguins at Crafty-Crafted.com
  • Enjoy a colour wheel with Art Projects for Kids. This is not so much a craft but a simple printable set up with all the colours, complementary, cold and warm… great illustration of it.
  • Penguin finger puppets at Fantastic Find

Of course there is always a video to supplement. If you want the cliff notes version of Captain Cook (the explorer our first penguin is named after)? Check out Crash Course World History on youTube.

We did have a video to watch:

No video to embed, but if you go to Amazon… Dirty Jobs included looking after Penguins at a zoo in an episode HERE. As there is a misunderstanding as to WHAT Captain Cook is early in the book, there is a small section on the dodo… I decided to do a little searching for some resources…

We had two videos we watched, TED only is relevant to the process of a Mythbusters host creating his own skeleton but some amazing shots of it and his reference.

And a museum short from Manchester

Some of the penguins were named after obvious famous people. We watched videos about some of the more interesting (to our boys) characters… First Columbus.

Ferdinand Magellan

And two about Robert Falcon Scott

Chapter 13 deals with music AND training animals. So there is the music link for The Merry Widow Waltz HERE. And then Schubert’s Military March on youTube.

For trained animals we chose to take a peek at the trained cormorants in China. There is a list on the lapbook file of other options but this one seemed to scream our kids’ interest.

Mr. Popper starts his travels with the penguins in Seattle. So of course we had to check out a tourist video..


Post Easter Break Down

For all of our Easter resources please refer to the blog entry titled “Easter Resources“.

April 1-2

Not emotional but educational… and more importantly – LAUNDRY!

Looks like an episode out of hoarding but it actually is a week and a half of laundry for 7!

We tricked/convinced the twins to watch half of the first load!

But first… MONDAY… April Fools was a non issue here… except for Anthony (god son) contacting a bunch of people with his joke and getting trouble with his mom. I don’t talk to the kids about it at this point. We have enough problems with behaviours right now, I would rather not tempt fate! BUT we did make our April poster… again talking about spring is still somewhat theoretic but we managed.


We started working on our Easter assembly only to RUN OUT of glue stick!!! WHAT??? I could have sworn that I had enough to last a while yet. Which means I probably do but have misplaced where I put them. So instead we started on Wild Kratts… 3 episodes!




The boys worked on copywork out of our Julie Andrews’ Treasury – The Easter Bunny by Rupert S. Holland.


We also had some Easter games I picked up at the Dollar Tree.

Gaming together

Emanuel got a head start on the penguins with his own two page illustration.

Penguins at play

Tuesday was a Ken at work day, and the kids and I started right on the penguins with Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Again I am going to do the resource page at the end! This was Emanuel’s suggestion, he has always loved penguins best. We had some worksheets and a second book from the library… What’s in the Egg, Little Pip? by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

Cute little story

We had worksheets to accomplish…

Colour by words

Zander created his own little car ramp/jump for his remote control car.


This also marked the end of our reading program for the school year… one last round of pizzas!


Daddy also had a special picture waiting for him on his desk here at home at the end of the day!


And so our week has begun, as has April!

Colouring in the sunshine