Sunday, February 6, 2011

Insects - Science Sunday

It was a busy week here for homeschooling.

Kennedy finished Explode the Code book 1 1/2 and moved to the Hooked On Phonics first grade box. She is very proud of herself and has already read the first book but I want to make sure she is understanding before letting her move to the next lesson so we are taking it page by page. She can read but my goal is for her to read well. So slow it is.

Aubrey has also finished her first Explode the Code book, Book A, and is now in Book B.

Kennedy has mastered place value and has moved on to skip counting in the Math-U-See primer. She was having a bit of trouble with counting out loud by 2s, just 12-18 for some reason, but has conquered it and is ready to go forward.

At the end of the week we had a field trip scheduled. The local aquarium came to our homeschool group to talk about insects. We built our library list off this theme and spent the week talking bugs. We'll study more in a few weeks if when the weather warms up using our Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day book.

Here are the books we read:

One Hundred Hungry Ants                  Pinczes, Elinor J.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar                Carle, Eric
The Insect Book                                  Zakowski, Connie
Play and Find Out About Bugs            VanCleave, Janice
Gotta go Gotta Go                              Swope, Sam
Bugs Up Close                                    Swanson, Diane
Monarch and Milkweed                       Frost, Helen
Fly, Monarch! Fly                                Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth
Hurry and the Monarch                        O Flatharta, Antoine
Ugh!: a bug                                          Crowley, Ned
Bug Butts                                             Cusick, Dawn
On Beyond Bugs                                  Rabe, Tish
Monarchs and Other Butterflies

And we watched the Reading Rainbow DVD Bugs

The girls really enjoyed the insect field trip.

Kennedy was able to participate in the metamorphosis of a monarch butterfly. She was the monarch caterpillar.

The monarch caterpillar

 forms a chrysalis around itself

and then a beautiful monarch butterfly emerges!

Aubrey let a hissing cockroach crawl on her!

Sorry about the pictures. I didn't even think to take my camera and I don't have a fancy phone and the phone has seen better days. In fact, it is being held together with a rubberband. Classy.

Anyways, for more science Sunday activities check out Adventures in Mommydom!

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Patricia said...

I would love to have homeschool groups at Spain. I love it. A new follower

Ticia said...

She looks so "happy" to be the caterpillar. What a great presentation to be able to go to.