Homeschool Creations

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter Egg Activities

We've worked on our Easter Egg Lapbook this week and we've had such a great time with it. The girls were fascinated looking at Faberge eggs - and we had to see a picture of No small feat, when there were 68 made. Granted a few are missing - but still! We talked about Russia (since Faberge eggs were made there), learned about the parts of an egg, found out chickens have ear lobes - if you don't believe me...better do a little research! It's true!

Zachary joined us in coloring some eggs. We used some of the hard boiled eggs for experiments too. Do you think a raw egg or a hard boiled egg spins faster? Try it out!! We also soaked a hard-boiled egg in vinegar to see what would happen (other than it getting stinky, that is).

The girls LOVED estimating how many jelly beans they had in their bags....sorting and graphing them by colors, counting them out...and then getting to eat some too (and who can blame them, right?).

We are going to put all the lapbook pieces together on Monday, but at least they have now been finished. I'll post them with their completed books soon!

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Flat Mary Visited Canada!

Our friend Amanda had a lovely visit with Laurianna's Flat Mary and has since sent Flat Mary onto some more friends. Today, she sent us some of the pictures of Mary's visit to British Columbia.

Amanda writes: These are the mountains that mark the top of the Fraser Valley. Aren't they beautiful? October-March they are pretty consistently hidden behind the rain-filled clouds, but they peaked out a few weekends ago, and we tried to snap some pictures. This picture was taken four blocks away at the grocery store, but the sky is filled with mountains like this from west to east when you drive down the street towards my house.

Mary showing a picture of where she stayed.

Mary had to see some of the local trees. Amanda told us: There are trails throughout the entire commonwealth. They are often behind housing developments, woods, marches, open fields--it's nice. It means there are always public places with nature around them and it makes going for walks great fun. (If you look really close in the first picture, you'll see Flat Mary stuck to the tree on the bottom right hand corner).

Thanks so much, Amanda, for being such a lovely hostess to Mary!

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Legend of the Easter Egg

Our girls loved The Legend of the Candy Cane so much that I decided to create a unit study and lapbook for The Legend of the Easter Egg. If you are interested in doing the unit yourself, you can go to Homeschool Share and download all of the mini-books and unit there by following this link. Everything is there in one nice location. :)

Some things that we'll be studying in the unit include:
  • The anatomy of an egg
  • Science experiments
  • Faberge Eggs
  • Geography: Russia (Faberge from here)
  • Why chicken eggs are different colors
  • Sequencing
  • Similes
  • Vocabulary
  • Time
  • Symbolism of Easter egg
  • Celebrations of Easter (Good Friday and Easter Sunday)
  • Poetry
  • Communion
  • Weather: Freezing rain and hail

Here are a few pictures of my lapbook that I tested out first. :) There were too many pieces to have it in just one folder, so it ended up being a double lapbook.

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