December 6, 2011
Tomorrow inshaAllah we will go over the anatomy of a worm but I prepared for the lesson today.
We wanted a brief and not complex description of the parts of the worm. I used this website: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/worms/anatomy/index.html and used the basic parts for the boys to learn. We knew there were more parts like the gizzard etc but to keep it simple we introduced parts they were familiar with and a new one called segments, the rings around the worm.
You can use stockings for this, we stuffed the inside with plastic bags and then used tape to make the rings around the body..the segments
We labeled each part and then we put the words and their definition on the wall, and it is written in basic terms that they could read on their own, whenever they want to go visit the wall and talk to each other..then they will be able to read it inshaAllah! Without help..so tomorrow looks like another wormy day inshaAllah
But today was a worm hunt, in the fields and bringing the lessons to the streets LOL
It was a rainy day alhamdulilah and so our job was pretty easy, all we needed were our tools…a cup and some sticks then we went digging in the dirt:
December 6, 2011
The first two days or worms we worked on our worm word wall and learned some really great facts about the worm
We learn about how many hearts a worm has and how they have no teeth
The second day we are working on the anatomy of a worm, and more facts. We are introducing new vocabulary words from the word wall in all the lessons this week. Here are our two projects so far!
Our words come from the Dolch list for preschool and first grade.
Then we made cereal worms to begin our intro the anatomy of a worm
We simply allowed the children to glue the cereal on the paper and make a cereal tree
InshaAllah later we will go on a worm hunt!
April 18, 2011
Learning Through Nature!
This is a picture of my daughter holding on to a flower with a caterpillar on it. Its funny because we had just finished reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and as we walked to the masjid we happened to stumble into the real life thing.
All the children were excited, everyone wanted to hold the caterpillar Homeschooling allows us to make the world our classroom and learn about life, creatures big and small. It was a lesson for me to stop and look around and reflect.
The children discussed the caterpillar, they didn’t want to leave him but they had to. It was a good feeling to see the things we read come to life. Its like.. amazing to children and to me it makes them value the experience much more and it makes them excited to see their books come to life. So the next time you are outside explore, get a bit messy and enjoy the beauty around.