I am using MFW Exploring Countries and Cultures curriculum this year. The lesson plans are done for me so I don’t really need to add anything to our year. But what fun is that ! So, I thought I’d list a few resources I am adding to our year:
- Expedition Earth curriculum – lapbooks, coloring pages, and more
- Children Just Like Me
- Around The World in 80 Tales
- 10 Boys and 10 Girls Who Changed The World
- Heaven’s Heroes
- Count Your Way series
Animal Studies to Lap’n Scrap
I am going to steal my sister’s idea… yup .... Animal Lap’n Scrap books!
Kattie and I used to host monthly scrapbooking events before we began homeschooling our girls. Well now the many, many scrapbooking supplies are collecting dust. So…. Kattie came up with this idea of combining hands-on crafting through scrapbooking, Science and fun with her daughter!
Kattie said the toughest hurdle she had to overcome was letting her daughter pick expensive cardstock paper, brads and embellishments that she had once intended to use for scrapping photos. She said the greatest joy of it all is the ‘one on one’ time she has with her daughter!
Head on over to 2 Ladybugs and A Lizard blog and check out Kattie’s Lap’n Scrap books!
I had my girls pick two animals from each continent.
I then jumped on the website Homeschool Share and searched for their animals of interest. Many of the lapbooks on Homeschool Share site go along with a great picture book you can get from your library.
Here is an example of a lapbook for a North American animal:
Look to the North – Gray Wolf lapbook
I got the book Look To The North from the library and a few other books about wolves.
I am going to focus a little more on animals this year in ECC rather than the biomes. I am not saying we will not look at the biomes but I do plan to have the girls enjoy animal studies more.
The great thing about ECC is that we will be doing it again in 5 year but on a deeper level!
More resources for our Animal Lap’n Scrap books:
- Zoo Books magazine
- Homeschool Share lapbooks
- Baby Animals in the ____________ Habitat series
- Draw Write Now series – for drawing animals in their habitat
Have you seen the Animal / Habitat workbooks from Rod & Staff?
Their G-H-I series has fun PreK and K workbook pages. Even though my girls are older, they enjoy cutting, gluing and coloring in these inexpensive “fun” pages ~$2.80 each!
There are habitat coloring pages that can be set up 3 dimensionally in each of the books too!
- Going On Eagerly – Polar regions
- Hearing and Helping – Rainforest
- Inside and Outside – Woodlands
Check out our Nature Studies from last school year!
- One Small Square series – includes nature walk projects
- Nature Studies from Barb @ Handbook of Nature Study blog
I plan to just glean from the Nature Study suggestions in the ECC Teacher’s Manuel. I will be using more of Barb’s suggestions each month (Handbook of Nature Study blog). Have you checked out her newsletter from this month? I love using her studies. She does the busy work for me!
Our ECC kids co-op will do a nature study each week, whether during class time or as homework, to share in class.
Matthew Printables and Copywork pages for our memory verses
Sketching for fun!
Check out what we did last school year with Sketch Tuesday here
- Sketch Tuesdays from Harmony Art Mom’s blog
- I Can Do All Things art book – we did not finish this from MFW Adventures
Leave a comment and let me know if you have more suggestions I can add to our year traveling the world !