When we were reading the book, The Courage of Sarah Noble, we read a chapter that talked about the Native American children playing (I’ll leave it at that as to not spoil the book for anyone). As we were doing our discussion for that days reading we talked about what type of games the children may have been playing. Afterwards, we decided to learn a new game that perhaps they may have played. ** Now to be completely transparent this is a Native American themed game, I do not know if this is an authentic game they played. **
The first thing you will need to do is get 6 popsicle sticks. Distribute them to the kids. Have them color 1 side of each of the popsicle sticks they were given. I printed a paper that had a bunch of Native American hieroglyphics on them and what they mean, some kids chose to color their own designs and some chose to put little “stories” on their stick using the hieroglyphics. You will also need to have some sort of tokens to be playing for. We used beans, you could also use corn kernels, candy, pennies, whatever you want. How many you are playing with will also depend on how long you want the game to last. We did a pile of 20. Keep them off to the side as you start the game.
Now to play the game! Gather all the sticks from everyone. The child going first will drop all of them at once. Now you have to read the sticks….
If 3 of the colored sides are up and 3 are facing down, you get to pull ONE bean from the pile.
If all of the plain sides are showing/facing up you get TWO beans from the pile.
If all of the colored sides are facing up you get THREE beans from the pile.
Any other combination means you don’t get any beans and it moves to the next player. You keep taking turns until all the beans are distributed OR you can keep playing and start taking beans from another player once the jackpot pile is gone until 1 player has ALL of the beans.
This is also a great game if it’s a rainy day and you want the kids to take a break from technology but don’t want the mess of a board game.
As usual I’m going to keep this super simple. For art, we learned all about weaving. Where it originated, the different types of weaves, what you would use each weave for and more. Then we put it into practice and did a fun craft.
Learning about the water cycle turned out to be one of our favorite lessons so far. We went as far as to make a song up for it but I’ll spare you having to listen to it. I mean, we think it’s pretty epic but some may disagree.
This is what we used to start off the lesson. We went through naming each phase and what that word meant. Condensation, Precipitation, Collection, Evaporation…I can’t even say it anymore without singing the song.
Next up was experiment time. We filled a jar with about 3/4 water then added shaving cream to the top to represent clouds. Then we had a separate cup with water in it (dyed blue with a few drops of food coloring) and we observed how long our “cloud” could hold the “evaporated” water before becoming too full and releasing the rain/precipitation.
I really wish I had a dropper to do this but we worked with what we had. We couldn’t track how many drops it took very accurately but it did take majority of the syringe before you would see the blue makes its way through our cloud and into the water.
We experimented with how much longer it took to see the rain when the cloud was bigger…
And how quickly it came through when the cloud was smaller
It really was such a fun lesson and experiment. I like to have less of a “lesson” when it comes to science and more of a discussion and hands on activities. We talked about the water cycle for 2 days before taking out quiz. We also did an experiment to see how long it took for water to evaporate for a larger bowl of water vs a puddle on the ground.
We are beginning the homeschool journey and what better place to put the documents I’m creating for it then on the blog? 🤗
So quick and to the point: Here is a worksheet that talks a little about the states of matter and then right after that worksheet is a quiz which I will give the kids down the road. We have a couple of science experiments and games to play before we get around to taking the test.
Our cute little first grader does a daily journal for school and now that she does it at home I wanted something I could easily print that helped guide her to color within a box and write in straight lines.
At the beginning of each week I print out 5 copies and write the topic for each day on a copy so they are ready to go for the week. Her teacher has given some of the following topics: Mon: I like spring because… Tues: My favorite thing to do outside is… Wednesday: A movie I can watch over and over is…. etc. Our older children saw Rylee working on these and decided they wanted in too. They have chosen to use the same topics that Rylee’s teacher has given her. 🖍
Below is a printable version if you would like to use this as well!