Monday, December 8, 2014

Moving Beyond the Page-Owl Babies

Our last unit was so much fun! We rowed Cranberry Thanksgiving, which is a FIAR book. I was kind of missing FIAR already, and rowing that book just made it worse. I love MBTP, too, though. Ugh! What to do? I decided that I will do both. There are a lot of topics/books with MBTP that will go well with a FIAR book. I will just extend our lessons. This time, the MBTP book was Owl Babies. This would pair perfectly with the FIAR unit Owl Moon, so it worked out well. It will just take us longer to get through both curriculum, but, that is the beauty of homeschooling. You get to do what you want, and what works best for your family. :)

The first week, we followed the MBTP curriculum, and read "Owl Babies." What a sweet book! Lily loved it.

We went to the library and found some books to go along with our Owl theme this week:

On our first day of the unit, I made Lily an owl shaped sandwich.

One of the first activities for the unit was to make owl cookies! Lily loves to cook, so this was super fun!

 How cute are these? Yum! Lily definitely approved of this activity.

Lily made an owl out of shapes.

The next activity was to go online and research owls. Lily found this very interesting. She learned a lot during this exercise.

Lily enjoyed this exercise so much, that we did the extended activity option, and did a little more in-depth research. We made a poster of different owls and facts about them. Lily really got a chance to practice her cutting skills with this. I am noticing a HUGE improvement in her cutting skills in the past couple of months.


For math, Lily used beans as owls. She would put them on the paper. The questions would be similar to: If 5 owls were in the tree, how many are still in the sky?  This was a cute activity, and we stayed on this for quite a while.

MBTP has a cutting/pasting sheet with every unit. It also has beginning letter sound sheets and handwriting sheets for each unit.

 I added a few extra activities into the unit to keep Lily interested, and because they were fun. :) We made owl Christmas ornaments out of clay. When the clay dried, she painted them silver and gold, and I sprayed them with clear sealer.

Lily painted an Owl Babies picture using a bath poof. They turned out so cute!

We had some owl pellets from a unit we did last year, and Lily kept asking if she could dissect one. So, she got to work with Daddy's help. After she was done exploring the pellet, she completed a little journal activity about it.

We added in a couple more extras. We played this board game, and watched a Wild Kratts episode about owls. All in all, it was a fun week, and Lily learned a lot about owls. :)

As we go through our units, and Lily completes projects, we put them on the walls. Our living room is overrun with all kinds of owl projects this week, but it just means we had a lot of fun. :)   I love that our walls are covered with her completed pictures and projects. It keeps everything fresh in her mind until we take it down to make room for the next topic.

So, that was our week of Owl Babies with MBTP. Next week, we are going to do Owl Moon as a FIAR unit. Since we have focused so much on owls this week, we are going to take it in a different direction. We will focus more on the forest habitat and forest animals. Stay tuned! :)