A few weeks ago my son wanted to learn about otters. So we did…. unfortunately then I got sick, and life happened so I haven’t had time to write about it….. blargh. So, this is a bit late, but since no one is really reading my blog yet, I guess that doesn’t matter too much. You’re reading it now, so I’m assuming you want to know some things about otters and get some ideas for crafts and some awesome free worksheets to go along with the study.
The Letter O
OK, My little one is in 1st grade, so it isn’t common that we do Letter of the Week activities, BUT, I get to do preschool with my niece now, SO, I get to do all the fun cute stuff again. Are You ready for this: O is for Otter (no one saw that coming did they?)
I didn’t make this one, but it was WAY too cute to pass up. If you don’t have an account at education.com yet, GET ONE! They have worksheets for pretty much everything, a homeschooler’s dream website.
The kids had fun painting with q-tips and water colors. We ended up with splotchy purple and orange otters. But we had fun.
Manners With Otters
I found this awesome book that not only featured otters (and a bunny), but taught manners. It was perfect for my pre-school niece AND my 5 year old who sometimes forgets that other people have feelings too.
This is a book that we will definitely be adding to our collection when I get the chance. (The pic above links amazon so you can buy it if you want)
It was very fun and even has a section on saying “Thank You” “You’re Welcome”, and “Excuse Me” in four different languages (5 if you count pig latin). Unfortunately this bit doesn’t have a great pronunciation guide, BUT there are places online where you can have it pronounced so you don’t get it wrong.
Yup, Once again, If you add the critter of the week to the bottom of the page, my son gets all sorts of excited about doing his math. I’ve really been trying to hammer in the Math Facts, so I made a series of worksheets and have just been changing out the pictures. You’ll eventually get to see all the facts. This one has a cute little Otter and centers around the number 4. Hope your kids have as much fun with it as mine did.
White Board Fun
Since the demise of my printer, we’ve been doing a lot fewer lessons on real paper. But we have our white board, so we still do a lot of drawing etc. on that. Every morning, I write a sentence on his board and he has to draw a picture to go with the sentence. This was my favorite from this week.
Fortunately, this little worksheet was something we could do on the computer, so I didn’t have to print it off. Zachary liked saying which of the statements at the bottom was fiction or non-fiction. He flatly refused to say “true and false”.
You already saw the Do Unto Otters book. I loved that one, But there were also a bunch of non-fiction books that we looked at.
This book we kept for quite a while because Zachary wanted to read more about the otters. He loved reading about their little pouches that they keep rocks in and all the great otter facts. It did have a sad part about otters getting caught up in oil spills, but mostly happy otter awesomeness.
OK, there were more books, like tons of books, I swear…. but we had to take them back to the library…. so I’ll add them when we get them back in a week or so.