Monday, December 23, 2013

Medieval Times, Lessons 18 & 19

Pilgrimages and The Crusades & Richard the Lionhearted and Robin Hood

Stuck to the classics (or rather versions of) for these two lessons. I considered making a bow and arrow set as a craft with Tessa, but we already have Merida's bow (from Brave) and a Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow hanging about. I will say Tessa really liked reading about Robin Hood, though. It always amazes me how much she loves the classics. Sometimes, I think she understands them better than I do. She enjoys them more for sure! At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if she chooses to study either literature or history in college.


Lesson 18 - Pilgrimages and The Crusades

Bedtime Read-Aloud



Lesson 19 - Richard the Lionhearted and Robin Hood

Bedtime Read-Aloud

* HO = History Odyssey

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Earth Science: Weather, Unit 4

Wind

Tessa enjoyed many hands-on activities while studying wind this week. She also made the pinwheel featured on Bill Nye the Science Guy on her own.


Monday

Tuesday

We quickly ran outside to test our weather vane. Luckily, the day was breezy and it worked!
We quickly ran outside to test our weather vane. Luckily, the day was breezy and it worked!

Wednesday

We have a ton of washable markers, but none besides black that are permanent. So, instead of drawing designs onto a plastic bag as directed in "Wonderful Windsocks," we used a really cute bag with lime green polka dots that I had stashed away. Tessa cut the fringe and helped me assemble the windsock.
We have a ton of washable markers, but none besides black that are permanent. So, instead of drawing designs onto a plastic bag as directed in "Wonderful Windsocks," we used a really cute bag with lime green polka dots that I had stashed away. Tessa cut the fringe and helped me assemble the windsock.

The day was mild and there was a nice breeze, so Tessa had a wonderful time flying her windsock like a kite. It work well when we hung it on a post to tell wind direction too!
The day was mild and there was a nice breeze, so Tessa had a wonderful time flying her windsock like a kite. It work well when we hung it on a post to tell wind direction too!

Friday
  • Tessa read Wind by Marion Dane Bauer during reading.

Monday, December 16, 2013

...3 Cheers for Animals! - Session 5

It's Your Story - Tell It!: A Leadership Journey
Girl Scout Daisies

"Girls learn more about the day-to-day needs of animals in preparation for teaching others about animal care."

Download ...3 Cheers for Animals! - Session 5 handout.


Session 5 - Out and About with Animals


Opening Ceremony, page 62 from "How To Guide"
  • Not applicable for our chosen activity.

Field Trip, page 63 from "How To Guide"
(Option: Sounds of Nature Walk)

Since it is the dead of winter here in Missouri, I created a virtual sounds walk of sorts for our Journey girls. I burned the following free MP3 sound files in the order listed below onto audio CDs. The girls played the CDs at home while completing Animal Sounds Match game.

Alternatively, animal sounds could be played straight from a computer with internet access in a troop meeting setting. Just be sure the girls can't see the name of the files on the screen. Or, download the animal sounds files only onto an SD card or thumb drive to play on a computer without internet access. An adult volunteer could act as the narrator for the numbers.

After playing Animal Sounds Match game, Tessa drew a picture of a zebra for the Team Animal Mural.
After playing Animal Sounds Match game, Tessa drew a picture of a zebra for the Team Animal Mural.

Downloading the number files might be a teeny bit tricky at first. You'll need to sign up for a free Forvo account to download them. Afterward, click on the appropriate number from my Forvo bluehouseschool favorites list (the number links below take you to the same page). Note the pronouncer's user ID (imscotte1), then click on the appropriate number, locate his ID on that page and then choose "Download MP3" underneath his name. I wish I could have figured out an easier way to link these, but it's really not all that bad once you get going.


Animal and insect sounds are from A Zillion Sounds 2.0 (animal sounds, insect sounds). Blank/Silent MP3s are from Xamuel.com. The "5 Seconds of Silence" files are to allow the girls time to make their selections while playing the game with an audio CD.


Role-Play: What Animal Am I?, page 64 from "How To Guide"
  • Completed as directed.
  • Tessa chose an animal of her choice from Animal Sounds Match game (a zebra) to draw (and cut out) onto a half-sheet of white cardstock for the Team Animal Mural. (Completed zebra shown in the final picture of this post.)


Animals Talk and So Do We, pages 65-66 from "How To Guide"

Tessa practiced communicating and identifying emotions with Emotions Roll game.
Tessa practiced communicating and identifying emotions with Emotions Roll game.

Closing Ceremony, page 67 from "How To Guide"
  • Not applicable.

Tessa's completed work for "...3 Cheers for Animals!" Journey, Session 5. The zebra is for the Team Animal Mural.
Tessa's completed work for "...3 Cheers for Animals!" Journey, Session 5. The zebra is for the Team Animal Mural.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Medieval Times, Lessons 16 & 17

The Christian Church & Medieval Architecture

I really hate that I have been having such a hard time coming up with additional literature for our latest lessons. I feel like we're not covering subjects well enough. There's not much to be done about it, though, since resources are so few and far between. Seriously? No one can write a children's picture book about stained glass? (If I were on a chat board, I would insert one of those confused smileys right about here.)

Sometime, I would like to take Tessa on a tour of a big cathedral. We'll be driving through downtown St. Louis soon, so I plan to point out examples of stained glass and gargoyles then. I know Tessa will get a kick out of finding gargoyles. It will be like a real-life search-and-find.


Lesson 16 - The Christian Church

Lesson 17 - Medieval Architecture

While not the absolute best example of how stained-glass windows are made, I thought these holiday Makit & Bakit ornaments fit the bill well enough for Tessa's age. She hadn't done any of these before, so it was a neat experience for her. Plus, it doubled as a holiday craft.
While not the absolute best example of how stained-glass windows are made, I thought these holiday Makit & Bakit ornaments fit the bill well enough for Tessa's age. She hadn't done any of these before, so it was a neat experience for her. Plus, it doubled as a holiday craft.

* HO = History Odyssey

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Earth Science: Weather, Unit 3

Precipitation

Snow, rain, sleet and hail...Tessa learned about various forms of precipitation.


Monday

Tuesday

Tessa conducted a demonstration to see which one falls faster...a raindrop or a snowflake. We used a wadded up piece of blue paper to represent a raindrop and a sheet of white paper of equal size for a snowflake.
Tessa conducted a demonstration to see which one falls faster...a raindrop or a snowflake. We used a wadded up piece of blue paper to represent a raindrop and a sheet of white paper of equal size for a snowflake. 

Wednesday

After creating a quick accordion-fold construction paper booklet of various types of snowflakes for "Frosty Figures," Tessa decorated the front cover with snowflakes drawn with glitter glue.
After creating a quick accordion-fold construction paper booklet of various types of snowflakes for "Frosty Figures," Tessa decorated the front cover with snowflakes drawn with glitter glue.

Friday
  • Tessa read Snow by Marion Dane Bauer during reading.

Other Books of Interest

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Medieval Times, Lessons 13, 14 & 15

Knights, Castles, Villages & Towns

Due to having to wait on library books and package deliveries, we worked on these three lessons simultaneously. As a result, I've listed our resources by the lesson instead of by the day.

Since knights and castles are still common themes within the current popular toy market, we used pre-packaged activity kits for our fun days instead of making items from scratch. It was nice to just do simple for once.


Lesson 13 - Knights

The Perler Dragon Slayer kit includes beads to make a shield, sword and dragon. Tessa started off by piecing together the shield.
The Perler Dragon Slayer kit includes beads to make a shield, sword and dragon. Tessa started off by piecing together the shield. 

Tessa's completed ensemble. She really had a good time with this kit and got a kick out of slaying the dragon time and again.
Tessa's completed ensemble. She really had a good time with this kit and got a kick out of slaying the dragon time and again.

Lesson 14 - Castles

In lieu of building a castle from cereal boxes or what-have-you, I bought Tessa the Lego Castle Brickmaster set. It includes an interactive storybook of sorts that tells the story through the mini models that the kids builds.
In lieu of building a castle from cereal boxes or what-have-you, I bought Tessa the Lego Castle Brickmaster set. It includes an interactive storybook of sorts that tells the story through the mini models that the kids builds.

Tessa's completed models for the first chapter of Lego Castle Brickmaster. There were too many models to build during the two days we worked on this during school time, but the rest will give Tessa several more hours of building fun on her own time.
Tessa's completed models for the first chapter of Lego Castle Brickmaster. There were too many models to build during the two days we worked on this during school time, but the rest will give Tessa several more hours of building fun on her own time.

Lesson 15 - Medieval Villages and Towns

Bedtime Read-Aloud
We actually read this selection a while back. Scroll through my Read-Alouds - 2013-14 post to find out why.

* HO = History Odyssey

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Atelier Art, Level 1 - Module B, Lesson 4

Starry Night

"Starry Night" is an artist appreciation lesson based on Vincent van Gogh's infamous Starry Night. Tessa created her interpretation by drawing with oil pastels onto blue poster board. She also cut and glued shapes from various pieces of colored cardstock for the trees and houses.

Tessa really connected with this lesson and seemed to enjoy it more than other recent lessons. She loves using oil pastels. Later in the week, she created another version of Starry Night on her own. Heck, I even got into this one and created a mini version that I hung next to our school table.

Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night"
Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Using a picture of van Gogh's "Starry Night" as a guide, Tessa drew the majority of her interpretation with oil pastels.
Using a picture of van Gogh's "Starry Night" as a guide, Tessa drew the majority of her interpretation with oil pastels.

Tessa cut and glued shapes for the trees and houses from colored cardstock. Afterward, she finished up with oil pastels.
Tessa cut and glued shapes for the trees and houses from colored cardstock. Afterward, she finished up with oil pastels.

Tessa's completed rendition of "Starry Night." She really had a lot of fun with this one. I think it may be one of her favorites.
Tessa's completed rendition of "Starry Night." She really had a lot of fun with this one. I think it may be one of her favorites.

Later in the week, Tessa created another version of "Starry Night" with oil pastels and construction paper on her own time. She hung it with poster putty in the hallway, which apparently now is an art gallery.
Later in the week, Tessa created another version of "Starry Night" with oil pastels and construction paper on her own time. She hung it with poster putty in the hallway, which apparently now is an art gallery.

Inspiration struck as Tessa worked on her original "Starry Night," so I snatched a scrap from the trashcan and went to work. I hung my mini masterpiece, which is only a couple of inches tall, next to the school table. It makes me happy when I look at it for some reason.
Inspiration struck as Tessa worked on her original "Starry Night," so I snatched a scrap from the trashcan and went to work. I hung my mini masterpiece, which is only a couple of inches tall, next to the school table. It makes me happy when I look at it for some reason.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Tula the Tulip (Red), Courageous & Strong Petal

Tessa has drawn pictures to earn her last couple of petals, so I really wanted to do something different for her Tula petal. Part of patch requirements is to learn about a woman who is/was courageous and strong. I chose Helen Keller. I read Tessa a children's book about Helen Keller and then we completed a wonderful free hands-on learning activity that I found at Teachers Pay Teachers. I can't say enough good things about the activity. It was a perfect complement. Tessa loved it so much that she made Daddy do it all over again with her when he got home from work. Since it took both of us at full capacity to complete the activity, I wasn't able to take any pics.



What We Did

 

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Zinni the Zinnia (Spring Green), Considerate & Caring Petal

Tessa also earned her Zinni petal during Thanksgiving break. We stuck to the suggested drawing activity in The Daisy Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for this petal as well. Not overly exciting, I know, but we really would have needed at least a couple of other girls to do much of anything else.



What We Did

Tessa's illustration of what she could do to be more considerate and caring. She said she could turn down her music before anyone asks her to, share all of her crayons with me (something she doesn't like to do...she likes to hoard the "pretty" colors), and make sure everyone has equal supplies at her troop meetings.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Sunny the Sunflower (Yellow), Friendly & Helpful Petal

Tessa's Lupe petal was getting rather lonely, so we used our couple of days off from school after Thanksgiving to earn a few more petals for Tessa's vest. We stuck to the suggestions in The Daisy Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for Sunny's petal. We really had a good time creating a mini mural of what happened at Buckley's party. I loved Tessa's idea of envisioning that the party was underground, so we ran with it. I was in charge of the background. Tessa drew the characters and then raided her craft basket for foam stickers, pom-poms and wiggly eyes.

Sunny the Sunflower (Yellow), Friendly & Helpful Petal



What We Did
  • Discussed the Sunny the Sunflower (Yellow), Friendly and Helpful petal.
  • Read "Sunny's Story: A Warm Welcome for Suzy" from The Daisy Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
  • Talked about "Sunny's Story" per patch requirements.
  • Created a mini mural based on "Sunny's Story" per badge requirements. Tessa chose to illustrate what happened at Buckley's party.
  • Practiced being friendly and helpful. Tessa helped me collect the trash (and change the bags) from our household trashcans. She also surprised me by filling up our napkin dispenser without being asked. She hadn't ever filled it up before. She was proud to tell me that she knew it was something she could do on her own, so she did it to be helpful.
  • Completed the "Congratulations!" portion of the Sunny the Sunflower (Yellow), Friendly and Helpful petal.

Tessa went all out making a mini mural for her Sunny petal. After drawing the characters from "Sunny's Story," (which I think are absolutely adorable...especially Buckley, the gopher) she used foam stickers and pom-poms to decorate Buckley's party. Everyone received tiaras and castles as party favors. Suzy received an extra special tiara to help make her feel welcome. All Tessa's ideas, of course.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Earth Science: Weather, Unit 2

Clouds

Tessa learned how clouds are formed and the different classifications of clouds through a variety of picture books and learning activities. Many of the activities were a bit of a letdown. Tessa thought we were going to "cook up" a big puffy white cloud, not create a teeny puff of condensation in a jar. Hah!


Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Tessa's completed "Cloudy Weather Windows." She created various types of clouds with cotton balls, labeled them and then illustrated the resultant weather underneath them.

Following Monday

All Week Long

Saturday, November 23, 2013

...3 Cheers for Animals! - Session 4

It's Your Story - Tell It!: A Leadership Journey
Girl Scout Daisies

"Girls begin to explore how animals, like people, are unique, including in the ways they communicate and move."

Download ...3 Cheers for Animals! - Session 4 handout.


Session 4 - All Creatures, Great and Special


Opening Ceremony:
Animals Around the World, page 51 from "How To Guide"
(Cheetah: Kenya)

Earning the Birdbath Award, page 52 from "How To Guide"
  • Congratulated Tessa and ironed her Birdbath Award onto her vest.
For the other girls, I created a Journey Award certificate, placed the background and Birdbath Award patches in a 3 x 5 in. plastic bag (purchased from Michael's with a coupon) with the zipper seal cut off and folded over, then stapled it to the middle of the certificate. Printing on cardstock works best. I also made a copy of the ironing instructions for their moms.

Want to design your own certificate? Visit Scrap World 2010 to download some really cute Girl Scout graphics for just $1 each. I used this version for the certificate. Other hair colors and skin tones are available.

Scrap World 2010 - Girl Scout Graphics


Story Time:
“The First Stories” (continued), page 53 from "How To Guide"
This section seemed too much like Session 3, so instead of making up another pourquoi tale, Tessa completed the remaining activities from "The First Stories" section of the girls' book. I still haven't found any place in the "How To Guide" instructing us to actually do so.

Tessa's completed work from pages 24-25 of the girls' book. The red robin picture is from the drawing lesson mentioned in the Closing Ceremony section below.
Tessa's completed work from pages 24-25 of the girls' book. The red robin picture is from the drawing lesson mentioned in the Closing Ceremony section below.

Get Creative!
Fantastical Animals Flip Book, pages 54-55 from "How To Guide"
Flip books can be tricky to create, so I designed a simple three-page flip book for the girls to color and use for this activity. Instead of using expensive binders, I used cardstock and brads that I already had on-hand to bind the pages. After printing the three animal pages, place a sheet of cardstock behind them and a one-inch strip of cardstock at the top. Use a three-hole punch to punch holes. Tightly fasten the brads through the holes.

Okay, it's not really quite as simple as that. The best way to do this is to pre-punch the holes. Punch the cardstock together. Punch the printed animal pages together. For the one-inch strips, it's easiest to punch the holes, then use a paper cutter to cut a strip. Punch holes again, then cut another one-inch strip and so on until you have enough. Have the girls color the animal pages and then cut to the "STOP" lines. Assemble the flip books as listed in my simplified directions above.

I had a very hard time coming up with animal clip art that matched up well enough to design a flip book. The animals have to be just so for them to work. In the end, I settled on three animals...a cheetah, zebra and alligator. They worked pretty well together.
I had a very hard time coming up with animal clip art that matched up well enough to design a flip book. The animals have to be just so for them to work. In the end, I settled on three animals...a cheetah, zebra and alligator. They worked pretty well together.

This was Tessa's favorite flip-book animal. She called it an alcheze (get it...al-ligator, che-etah, ze-bra). She came up with the name on her own. I thought it was pretty clever. She decided that it gives birth to live babies, is good at kicking (with its hooves) and also chomping (with its big teeth). Tessa thought the world would be one heck of a boring place if all animals and all people were the same. She also said we wouldn't be able to tell people apart or have as much food.
This was Tessa's favorite flip-book animal. She called it an alcheze (get it...al-ligator, che-etah, ze-bra). She came up with the name on her own. I thought it was pretty clever. She decided that it gives birth to live babies, is good at kicking (with its hooves) and also chomping (with its big teeth). Tessa thought the world would be one heck of a boring place if all animals and all people were the same. She also said we wouldn't be able to tell people apart or have as much food.

Busy Squirrels Song and Dance, page 56 from "How To Guide"
  • Completed activity as directed (minus coming up with a new version of the song).
Tessa loved "The Busy Squirrels Song." We sang and acted it out four times.


Closing Ceremony:
Moving Toward the Red Robin Award, page 57 from "How To Guide"
This section was difficult to adapt to the home environment, but was too complex for the few minutes I spend with our Journey girls before each troop meeting, so I swapped the ceremony for the cute drawing lesson above. I think it sufficiently psyched up Tessa for the next part of the Journey. You can see her drawing in Story Time section photo above.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

...3 Cheers for Animals! - Session 3

It's Your Story - Tell It!: A Leadership Journey
Girl Scout Daisies

"The girls use their imagination and problem-solving skills as they continue to explore how the needs of animals are similar to their own."

Download ...3 Cheers for Animals! - Session 3 handout.



Session 3 - Tail Tales


Opening Ceremony:
Animals Around the World, page 45 from "How To Guide"
(Robin: Great Britain)

Tessa crafted a cheery robin with cardstock, crumpled red tissue paper and a wiggly eye for the Team Animal Mural.
Tessa crafted a cheery robin with cardstock, crumpled red tissue paper and a wiggly eye for the Team Animal Mural.

Tessa's completed “Cheer-i Robin."
Tessa's completed “Cheer-i Robin."

Story Time:
“The First Stories,” page 46 from "How To Guide"

Spin-a-Tale, page 46 from "How To Guide"
  • Tessa retold the story of how Robin, the red robin, became red in her own words.
  • Shared information with Tessa about folk and pourquoi tales from this section of the “How To Guide.”
  • Tessa created her own pourquoi tale by completing the “How the Zebra Got Its Stripes” drawing prompt.

Tessa's completed “How the Zebra Got Its Stripes” story prompt. First, she drew how the zebra looked before it got its stripes. Then, she drew how the zebra got its stripes...a striped snake slithered underneath the zebra's hooves. The snake's stripes transferred onto the zebra. The zebra graphic shows how the zebra looks today.
Tessa's completed “How the Zebra Got Its Stripes” drawing prompt. First, she drew how the zebra looked before it got its stripes. Then, she drew how the zebra got its stripes...a striped snake slithered underneath the zebra's hooves. The snake's stripes transferred onto the zebra. The zebra graphic shows how the zebra looks today.

Fly, Fly Away, page 47 from "How To Guide"
Tessa had a blast dancing with her streamers. I tied three three-foot-long pieces of grosgrain ribbon in their middles to two elastic pony tail holders. (Six pieces of ribbon in all.) Afterward, I sealed the edges with something akin to Fray Check. I created these dance streamers for each of our Journey girls. A simpler option would be to tape or glue strands of crepe paper to craft sticks or staple them to plastic straws. Even simpler...do what's listed the "How To Guide."

Tessa danced exuberantly during the Fly, Fly Away portion of the session.
Tessa danced exuberantly during the Fly, Fly Away portion of the session.

Role-Play: Choices, Choices, page 48 from "How To Guide"

Closing Ceremony:

Animal-Care Ideas, page 49 from "How To Guide"
  • Tessa drew a picture of a favorite item that she uses to care for herself on a pink bird cutout. She placed the drawing (pictured above with her pourquoi tale) in her previously crafted “All About Me” nest.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Atelier Art, Level 1 - Module B, Lesson 5

Zoo Animals

I had a hard time coming up with a large sheet of dark blue paper for Lesson 4, so we skipped forward to Lesson 5. We'll go back to Lesson 4 another time.

"Zoo Animals" is another lesson on media. Tessa primarily used glue and chalk to create a fairly unique piece of art. She learned to draw with glue and "color" by smoothing and blending chalk with her fingers.

This lesson must be completed over two days since it requires a full 24 hours for glue to dry.

After selecting a plastic antelope as a model, Tessa first sketched her design onto warm-up paper and then a sheet of black poster board.
After selecting a plastic antelope as a model, Tessa first sketched her design onto warm-up paper and then a sheet of black poster board.

Next, Tessa traced her sketch with school glue. We typically use glue sticks for our art projects, so she found this more challenging than we both expected.
Next, Tessa traced her sketch with school glue. We typically use glue sticks for our art projects, so she found this more challenging than we both expected.

After the glue dried and left an embossing of Tessa's antelope sketch, she "colored" in her design by rubbing and blending chalk with her fingers. She really enjoyed this part of the project.
After the glue dried and left an embossing of Tessa's antelope sketch, she "colored" in her design by rubbing and blending chalk with her fingers. She really enjoyed this part of the project.

Tessa completed zoo animal! She was very pleased with her final product. She thought it a neat project.
Tessa completed zoo animal! She was very pleased with her final product. She thought it a neat project.

Earth Science: Weather, Unit 1

The Water Cycle

Evan-Moor doesn't offer an age-appropriate ScienceWorks book for weather, so I am drafting my own lessons for this segment of Earth Science with the help of The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3. It provides a great selection of experiments, demonstrations, paper activities, etc., but no actual lessons or schedules. So far, it's working out well and Tessa is enjoying it...just takes a little more planning time on my part.

First up was the water cycle. Having studied this before, Tessa already had a pretty good handle on the basics and components of the water cycle, so we focused on expanding her science vocabulary and zeroing in on details.


Tuesday

Wednesday

Following Monday

Following Tuesday