Monday, 11 May 2009

Making Maths More Fun Part 5 11th May 2009

We finally managed to have the right weather and be organised enough to combine our weekly Nature Walk with some Maths this week. We went to our local park and collected flowers that had fallen to the ground and picked some weeds and brought them home to make bar charts based on the number of flowers of each colour. Some of the stages (including spelling corrections!) are shown in the pictures. I found some free printable grid paper here. The paper I used was grid paper large.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Bears Lapbooks 7th May 2009

Last November we made our first lapbooks using cardboard folders bought very cheaply from our local supermarket. We had been doing some work on Goldilocks and the Three Bears and wanted to find out more about bears. Firstly we found pictures of the 8 types of bear on the internet, printed them out, mounted them on card and made them into small flaps, sticking the name of each type of bear underneath. We marked on a world map where we would find each type of bear and put that onto the back of the lapbook.
After that we learnt about hibernation and watercolour painted a hill with a flap with a hibernating bear underneath.
Then we learnt about what bears eat (I know fish, berries and bamboo isn't the entire list!) and did some wax relief watercolour pictures.
Finally we did the cover (with a lot of help from me!) and cut out bear shapes from fur fabric.
The yellow lapbook is by dd2 who was 3 (only just) at the time - I did the writing and helped her a lot with the rest.
The pink lapbook is by dd1 who was 4 (almost 5) at the time and had some help and a lot of guidance from me.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Making Maths More Fun Part 4 (and other lessons learnt!) 5th May 2009

We have been looking at rectangles recently and ended our study by cutting out rectangles and making a skyscraper scene. I think in the end though that dd1 learnt far more about using the right tool for the right job and perseverance than she did about rectangles!