In preparing for our move, I have come across some materials that I have save from studies and classes I did with my older kids when they were young. I thought I might share some of them with you, as they may be of interest to those who have young ones still. This was a class I taught at a local homeschool co-op in 2001 for children Pre-K to 1st grade in 2001. The following are pages from a booklet I made the students after the class was over to have as a keepsake, but it actually gives a lot of information on what activities we did and how we did them. I sent home questions for them to answer by observation and the questions and their answers are in the quotes.
|Going outside on an ant hunt, we ask a lot of questions and answer a lot of questions. We find some ants in a natural setting...in trees and in the ground.|
|They drew pictures of the stages.|
|We set up the ant farm together, step-by-step, and learned what ants need to live. Some families took the ant farm home for a week to take care of it and watch the changes.|
|Each student made a chamber and two tunnels out of construction paper and we put them together to form an ant nest mural. They added the paper ants they had made earlier.|
|We took recycled materials such as paper towel and toilet paper tubes and oatmeal boxes and lots of tape to build our own 3-D ant nest. We used plastic ants to role-play ant activities in their nest.|