Saturday, August 27, 2011

World Wide Wanderings: Continents & Oceans Printable

We've been covering the Earth's Continents & Oceans, talking about what a continent is (haven't they changed the definition somewhat since I was at school) working hard on comitting the names of the continents and oceans to memory and being able to find them on the map.


To make the practice of this a little more interactive I put together these printable labelling sheets. The full colour sheets I have laminated and are perfect to use as part of the Morning Routine/Calendar Time/Morning Circle.

The children can work through the various stages of these printable continent maps until they have everything well memorised. This download includes:
  • Full colour map with continents & oceans labelled
  • Full colour map with continents labelled
  • Full colour map with oceans labelled
  • Full colour map with space to add continents label
  • Full colour map with space to add oceans label
  • Sheet of labels to use with full colour maps
  • Watermark maps to label with pen and ink, once the child is ready

>>> Download the Continent & Ocean Label Maps here <<<

Not only have we been using these printable activities but I also have a couple of other continent resources that the we have enjoyed :-)



I purchased this awesome felt map a while back in those fundraising catalogues that come out in time for christmas. It has loads of various bits and pieces you can add to the map.

To introduce the continents to K I showed her this video from You Tube.







Then for ongoing practice (as the above one is a little long) we refer to this one.








We love our gorgeous wooden Montessori Continent map. The kids use this to trace around and pin punch out the various continents.

Have you posted about your learning adventures of Earth's Oceans and Continents?  Please add your post to the link up below.



Thursday, August 25, 2011

What's In A Name Part 2

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This was a hit and oh so simple.
Write the child's name on a chalkboard and have
them paint over it with water!

How easy is that.

Why not take it outside on the driveway and write huge names to paint over.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Blast Off: Space Vocabulary Word Printable Activities

I decided to capitalise somewhat on the huge amount of interest our space unit is generating to work on some spelling and vocbulary items. If you are using the Lab of Mr Q's Earth Science Curriculum then these printables will fit right in.

The vocabulary words covered in these printable activities are:

  • Astronomy
  • Telescope
  • Universe
  • Galaxy
  • Milky Way
  • Stars
  • Comet
  • Sun



Spelling Mats

All About Spelling Tiles fit onto these mats with ease. Since we use AAS and have the tiles out all of the time it just made sense for me to make these spelling mats suitable to use with the AAS Letter Tiles.

My plan for these is to laminate them and use a baking tray. That way I am not wasting too much printer ink and I can file them away for future use. My guess is that they will be used at least 3 - 6 more times over the years to come.





Vocabulary Match Up Cards

These will printed and laminated and used for matching the definition to the vocab words. My aim is for the children to know all of these definitions, but to be able to retell them in their own words, not necessarily to parrot these back verbatim.



Copywork Pages

There are two sets of copywork pages in this file. Since I have two children at quite different levels this will meet both of their needs.

The first set is simply the vocabulary word and the beginning sound, with a place to draw a picture.

The second set also includes the definitions from the vocabulary match up cards above. The line spacing on the second set is slightly smaller, to cater for the older child.


I hope you can put these printables to good use.



Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blast Off - Paper Plate Alien Spaceships



I wanted to start off our Space Unit with something fun and simple, but would grab everyone's attention and this definitely did the trick.


Such an easy craft to put together. I simply picked up a couple of different sized packs of paper plates and bowls from the supermarket. Layed out paints and an array of collage items and let the kids go at it.


Whilst they created we listened to a couple of audio stories and I read some of our introductory space themed picture books (I'll try to review those down the track).


After the paint and glue dried, we pushed a hole through what would become the top of the spaceship and threaded in a long piece of fishing line.


We decided the easiest and quickest way to attach the bottom was to staple the pieces together on the smaller ships and to sticky tape the odd shaped ones, like this one above here.



They look super groovy flying through our little universe in the corner of our room. Plus it has certainly sparked the kids curiosity, they've done nothing but talk space since we began!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blast Off - We're Heading Into Space


We thought it was about time we got in our rockets and blasted our 
way into outer space.  We've got lots to read, things to watch and activities to do we 
may never want to return back home.


Mr Q is helping us along our journey. 
He's providing the guidebook, reminding us of things we need to 
be on the lookout for on our travels.


This is what the kids awoke to the other morning. A myriad of books, space related items 
and things to do. I hung a blank canvas for them to fill with all things 'spacey' as we travel 
to various destinations throughout the universe.

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Week In Pictures


Bedtime Stories, lots of them!


Grandma's Garage Kindy = Cousin Fun


Spanish Lesson


Martial Arts Class


For everyone


Finishing off Triorama's


Working on perspective sketches


Drama fun


Games with friends - Shopping List 


Life Be In Fun Works, as always a huge variety of group based, co operative, sporty, fun activities.

Stilt walking

Tricky but fun


Off to Jazz class


And passing on some new moves


A spot of word work


Lots of time in the sunshine


Tending to the garden and admiring the recent blooms. 
Feeling very proud because she grew these herself.


Early morning bike rides, to warm us on the inside as
well as the outside.


Loving learning to ride


Spelling games, Mathletics & Reading Eggs


Race car tracks in the mud


Spending time with friends before they ventured off on their road trip exploring inland Australia. 
Giving the voices a workout.


Shape Puzzles and a spot of fishing


Training to be a bank teller ;-)


Beginning our adventure into Outer Space

I must admit my interest waned towards the of the week so the last couple of days didn't get a great deal of photo's. 

I also just realised that I did not take one photo of any of our big kid reading this week, this is always a daily occurrence and more than once a day. During the week we experienced Audio stories such as Corduroy, The Enchanted Wood, Graphic Novels from Star Wars, books on Egypt, both fiction and non, fairy tales, random picture books from the shelf and books to help us venture into space. 

There is also not really any photo's of seated school work. Rest assured, we did do some, I was just too busy during those times to worry about the camera.

I trust your week was as blessed as ours.

It really is wonderful to be a homeschooler.




Friday, August 12, 2011

Australian Themed Skip Counting In Two's Printables



We are working on Skip Counting again in our house. 2's, 5's and 10's for now. This time around I decided to put together a few printable activities that I can laminate and use again and again.


This is one download which includes:

All Australian Themed-

  • Skip Counting in Two's to Twenty Chart
  • Four x Fill in the missing number charts
  • One sheet of number cards to twenty
  • Handwriting Practice for the skip counting numbers
Download this file from my folders on Box.net by clicking here.

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