Sunday, July 13, 2014

Homeschool Update: Building Theme Week Two

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It's been a busy week around here, and not just with homeschooling. We've opted for yet another move (hopefully the last for a while), so it's been a bit of an upheaval, so all of my projects that were on hold for a few weeks to make room for a bit of summer fun are now on hold, well....indefinitely.

Nevertheless, we are continuing on with our homeschool plans and summer fun plans for this summer and moving will just occupy all of my side project time.

Last week we continued with our building theme. We had another visit to the curriculum room at the local college full of all of its fun building toys.

Chobie had a great time with these. I especially liked his sky scraper...

He also played building and "repairs" with cardboard boxes from around the house. He's been really excited to use his wooden train tracks, blocks and other assorted toys to build a city. No photos of these activities really. Let's just say that these activities were even messier than the one above.

One of the big points that I've wanted to bring up with this building theme is the origins of the building materials, like preschool-appropriate discussion of the ecological impacts of urban sprawl. We read this book about wood...

Wood (True Books: Natural Resources) by Christin Ditchfield

It was pretty good over all. There were some things that I added in when I was reading it where details of the book. For example, there is a part where they talk about how logging without replanting destroys habitat. While that is true, it implies that replanting trees in tree farms replaces habitat that is identical to the original forest, which is not true. Forests and tree farms have very different ecologies, so we discussed that. Which is to say, I added it in when we were reading and he asked questions about it.

We also read this book about building...

The House That Max Built by Maxwell Newhouse

And this one...

Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood with watercolors by Jon J Muth

Honestly, it was a bit above Chobie's head, even though it has a really good message and I love watercolor illustrations (Bee did too, actually).

I shared some of our letter writing adventures back when we began the upper case alphabet, but now we're into writing letters in lowercase. I made these giant chalk letters on the deck for Chobie to walk along.

I can't say that we had a chance to cross anything off of the official summer fun times list this week, but we did have a fun trip to the Children's Museum, some fun play dates, art times, and went to a really fun party/cookout over the weekend.

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