Friday, April 19, 2013

Literature Unit - The Little Rabbit

The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn is a cute book about a little girl and her pet rabbit, Buttercup. It's a nice non-fiction book with good pictures and facts about rabbits.

Since we just finished The Runaway Bunny, this was a nice follow-up. Runaway Bunny was a fictional account and The Little Rabbit is non-fiction, so we were able to contrast the two and discuss how to tell the difference between fiction and non-fiction. This wasn't difficult to do since Miss Princess calls pretend play "in fake life." I just told her that fiction starts with "F" and so does "fake" so it's easy to remember. She caught on right away.

Once again, we used free lapbook/notebook elements from Homeschool Creations

Both of these sites are my go-to sites for excellent free printables.We don't use all the activities, but we pick and choose according to the skills we want to work on at the time.

We also used a cute little book called Bunnies and Rabbits: An Animal Information Book by Elizabeth Elias Kaufman. I think it is out of print, but it has a lot of great information about rabbits at just the right learning level for Miss Princess.

I also found some fun activities and additional books that would be appropriate additions to this study:

For a movement activity you could hop like bunnies, narrate with a bunny puppet show.

Some crafts that look fun are:

Bunny Plant Stake and many other cute ideas 
Several different crafts here

More to come...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Runaway Bunny unit

You should know that we decided to start this near the end of our kindergarten year and Before Five in a Row is really geared more toward younger children or children with younger skills. So I didn't use the B4FIAR manual to come up with my ideas. I just used the book list and added from there.

Since it's springtime where we live, what's better to learn about than bunnies? So, we decided to "row" Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. It would be so fun to make a sensory tub with the Safari Piglets and Bunnies Toob. Kiddos always love to play with little animals. It would also be fun to compare the English version of The Runaway Bunny with the Spanish version and learn a few Spanish words from the story

Kindergarten with Five in a Row

I've been asked to create blog posts for what we're doing to share with others. I'm not an eloquent writer and I take pretty bad pictures, but the information I've gathered will hopefully be useful to other families. I'll try to include pictures when I can and the posts will be full of links to other websites.

Kindergarten should, above all, be fun. Please feel free to look at my posts as a springboard for your own ideas. Take what you like and leave the rest. I hope you'll have as much fun with this as I am.

My main starting point for Kindergarten is the booklist from Before Five in a Row by Jane Claire Lambert. You can check out her awesome books here.

All of the Five in a Row books have excellent ideas and are designed to be done a book each week that you read each day for five days in a row. Then you do different activities for different subjects each day with the book. This lends itself to a ton of really great and fun experiences for you and your child to share and build memories around.

As you go through these units take the time to take pictures and save copies of your child's work. It makes a great scrapbook of your learning time together.

So, without further ado, the first of my kindergarten units is coming right up...