We started off working on our handwriting with a printable I found using a simple Google search. Camden kept repeating the W mantra to himself: down, up, down up.
I did a little something different here-- a math/science combo. I thought "weather" would be a nice W word to explore. So, we began by talking about the different kinds of weather. I had Camden tell me what the weather was like that day (sunny, hot) and then asked him to name some other kinds of weather. He named: snow, ice, rain, thunderstorms, hot, cold, sunny. Not too shabby.
Next, I gave Camden the pictures below (there are suns, snow clouds, rain clouds, thunderstorms, and rainbows). I then read to him some clues (ie- umbrella, puddles, wet) and had him match my clues (on the yellow paper in the second picture below) with the weather pictures. He sailed through that task with no problem. After my clues were assigned to their proper weather event, I had Camden use number cards to assign a number to each weather group (in the 4th picture below). For example, he matched the number 6 card to the 6 suns, etc.
Our craft today had nothing to do with weather, but was a W word-- watermelon. This was a cute, easy craft from The Measured Mom. I cut a paper plate in half and the rest is pretty self explanatory.
Delicious construction paper watermelon!
Apparently, I've been habitually forgetting to take a picture of the book we read, so a shout out to Amazon for this picture. Camden really loved this book. It went right along with our weather theme and included some counting. He asked to read it again as soon as we were done.
Will's back- yay! Once again, we worked on our handwriting to start.
On Day Two, I decided to forego our usual math activities for some science. Since water is a W word, we headed out back to our water table for some "sink or float?" experimenting. The items we tested: aluminum foil, cotton balls, popsicle sticks, pennies, and a bar of soap. Before testing out each object, I had the boys take a guess- would the object sink or float? Then they excitedly placed each object in the water to determine if they were right or wrong.
The floating foil...
Cotton ball time!
The bar of soap broke in half.
After we tested all of my pre-planned objects, the boys looked around for more things to test. As you can see, a pair of Macey's shoes and a baseball made their way into the water table. I can neither confirm nor deny that Will's socks might've also been tested.
After the testing was over, I had the boys divide pictures of the objects into two categories: S for sink and F for float. They remembered most of them, but had to run back outside to test a couple of items again.
We then moved on to our craft: a whale (who lives in water- woohoo for the double W!). I didn't do any of the pre-cutting this time (they did follow my outlines though).
Finished product: Camden's on top; Will's on bottom.
Yay- I remembered to take a picture of our book! Both boys enjoyed this imaginative book about what clouds might be made of.