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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Fun

Dinosaur Fun

The Dinosaurs badge was taught to a group of kindergarten children from the Biblical Creation viewpoint.  Later in the year, the same unit was taught to the six and seven-year-old children.

1st Class
*  Class starts with jungle CD playing in the background.
*  We read several books about dinosaurs to familiarize the kids with dinosaurs.
*  Talk about the different sizes of dinosaurs.
*  Go outside with a large tape measure and actually take measurements to see their enormous size up close (and in some cases . . . how small).
*  Color  dinosaur page(s).
*  Create a collage of dinosaurs.
*  Use lots of “toy” dinosaurs to review their names.
*  Play time with dinosaurs on Dino Island.

Dinosaur Fun

Dinosaur Fun

2nd Class
*  Class starts with jungle CD playing in the background
*  We read several books about dinosaurs
*  Talk about fossils.  Look at real fossils that I have brought from home.
*  Create their own fossils with air dry clay to take home.
*  Talk about the Stegosaurus.
*  Use child’s hand to create their own drawing of a Stegosaurus.
*  Color dinosaur page.
*  Talk about Meat Eaters and Plant Eaters.
*  Play a Relay Game to find the correct dinosaur with the piece of Meat or the Plant.
*  Play time with dinosaurs on Dino Island.

They learned so much!

They learned so much!

3rd Class
*  Class starts with jungle CD playing in the background.
*  We read several books, review pictures, etc.
*  Talk about fossils.
*  Skeleton Book (from home), bring Skeleton from home.
*  Create a “fossil dinosaur” poster with Popsicle sticks and toothpicks.
*  Color dinosaur picture.
*  Blindfold child, have them reach in the bag, and answer a question about the dinosaur.
*  Play time with dinosaurs on Dino Island.

****(If time permits)  Also, I have felt for a dinosaur scene.   Child can create their own felt story board.

Cheryl Chew’s Group in Florida

 

Plastic Canvas Fun

Jewel displaying her first project!

Jewel displaying her first project!

To help the Little Keepers get the hang of plastic canvas stitching, we all started by making the same thing: a refrigerator magnet made from a pre-cut cross shape.  Each girl chose a single color for the center, and a second color for the edging.  Mothers and daughter worked together to get the hang of the continental stitch, then the overcast stitch.  Each girl then chose a second item to make to complete her badge.  Most of them learned to follow a pattern with this item, by making a door hanger.

Meanwhile, the “big girl” Keepers began directly on a larger project.  Our girls chose diverse projects such as a set of coasters, a wall hanging, and a tissue box holder.  Naturally, they were helped to learn to carefully count and cut their canvas, and follow a pattern, even as the group leaders helped them master the basic stitches.  The girls worked on their projects at home between group meetings, allowing them to complete these substantial items within the limited time frame of our homeschool co-op based meeting series.

The first photo shows a Little Keeper, Jewel, proudly displaying her cross.  The other shows the “big girl” Keepers hard at work on their projects.

Tiffany Holley, Mississippi

Working on plastic canvas projects

Working on plastic canvas projects