NOTE this is being posted on the 15th and I just want to send out a prayer to all those involved in the bombings in Boston. The world we live in is such an amazing and at times scary place…
Some days are special days and some days we MAKE special… today after a successful (with only a few glitches) morning I put the girls to nap and let the boys Minecraft it up with minimum fuss for once!
Of course first we had to learn all about penguins… our second book for the day was National Geographic Science Readers: Penguins by Anne Schreiber. Penguins really are one of the most interesting birds. And today we found out WHY they are black on their backs (to hide them from predators from above) and white on their stomachs (to make them hard to spot when fishing!).
We had a video covering the career and death of Captain Cook… apparently there is no clear answer as to WHY he was murdered… killed… whatever… Thanks to Crash Course World History. A little over their heads but enjoyable all the same.
Gavin and Emanuel assembled an ice box off of our Mr. Popper’s Penguins lapbook.
We also had a phone call from Grandma on her trip down Route 66… assembly line phone call!
And since apparently winter is not willing to let go… we had snow themed pages in our brand new nature journals.
The middle of the week was definitely not a sunny spring day… however that did not stop us from learning even more about penguins. This time we made clay ones to go into our tiny refrigerator with the clay food.
We had a fun second story in the form of the book Little Penguin The Emperor of Antartica by Jonathon London. This time instead of reflecting on the story itself the 3 boys worked together to create their own little story.
We made fingerprint pneguins…
Then the boys snuck off on me to do Lincoln Logs…
With our Mr. Popper’s Penguins the boys re-enacted a phone call in our chapter… too cute!
The boys went and played with the neighbours. In the process of learning the proper catch and throwing techniques Gavin’s cheek got in the way! He was just fine about it though.
Thursday marked a rather massive amount of spring snow… so of course the twins had to go out and play in it for a while.
Our second book of the day was by an author we really enjoy – Antoinette Portis (Not a Box) called A Penguin Story. This time the 3 boys (Trinity refused) drew their own adorable penguins and we stapled that together to be a mini book.
Here is how our weather ENDED on these 3 says of SPRING…
We did a Wild Kratts that was appropriate for our theme if only because these are animals that are MISTAKENLY showed with Penguins – Polar Bears and the Walrus are NORTH Pole critters… the Penguins SOUTH of the equator!
So our 3 days have been filled with Penguin learning and snow… I think the kids don’t believe me that it is spring anymore!!!