We are still trucking along with homeschool, and it’s going so great! My child is learning the (ridiculous) rules of the English language like a champ, and we just had our first ‘reading in the wild’ experience the other week. What I mean by that is she read something out of the blue on her own. There was no prompting, or encouragement of You can sound that out! We were just at the gas station, her in the car seat while I pumped the gas, when she started frantically knocking on the window. I opened her door to ask what was up and she exclaims, “Mom, I can read that sign!!” She points up to a sign and reads out loud, “Eat here and get gas”. (Let’s all take a moment and appreciate how hilarious that sign is, am I right?) Anywho, she was SO PROUD of herself, and the look on her face of HEY I COMPREHEND THIS filled my heart right up with pride.
For the past two weeks we’ve been studying dinosaurs! (Along with the regular math, language arts, writing, etc.) She’s always been a dino fan, so we took a couple weeks to focus in on some things. Namely learning the terms herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore along with the word ‘paleontologist’ and what that is. We also discussed the different theories of how the dinosaurs died out, and the evolution of dinosaurs. We also learned a lot about fossils, and ended our dinosaur studies with making our own fossils!
Mixing together the dough! I found this fossil project on education.com, which is one of the few things I’ve actually paid for during this homeschool venture. I signed us up for a subscription and it’s been wonderful – unlimited printables and access to so many activities and plans! Not a sponsored link up there, just a cool resource!
With the dough made, we proceeded to stamp in some objects – we made prints of her robot dragon’s feet, hands, and the side of his face, along with shells, a pinecone, and a beaded necklace.
Then it’s just time to wait for them to dry!
We are also still sticking with (and LOVING) Kiwi Crate. I realized I never wrote up a review for February’s crate. Whoops. March’s box was SO COOL – it was a project prominently featured on their site and I was hoping we’d get to test it out sometime. In fact, it’s the header image of this post!
THE CLAW! Also known as the Arcade Box.
The contents! Two balls of yarn, very sturdy wood pieces for claw building, the nuts and bolts for claw assembly, patterns for claw assembly, stickers, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and a couple other odds and ends needed for the claw.
My child was so excited to build this that we dove right into assembly! The level of grown up involvement was listed as pretty high for the claw assembly. However, she was able to do the majority of the assembling herself. My involvement was mostly reading directions; while Kiwi Crate does have excellent picture instruction along with words, the pictures on their own just weren’t enough for the claw assembly. But she was happy to be building it herself, and didn’t at all mind having the directions read to her.
Once the claw was built, we moved on to making the little pompom aliens. She started by wrapping and wrapping….
…and more wrapping until the whole yarn ball was wrapped on the frame! (Check the bottom right corner of the photo for a peek of the great picture directions!) Then it’s just the wrap of a pipe cleaner, snipping with some scissors, and sticking on some googly eyes and voila!
A happy little pompom alien to grab with your claw! The box came with enough supplies for two aliens. Then, playtime!
The mechanism for the claw is quite fun…a pulley system with rubber bands to open and close it.
She loved it! I am most definitely still adoring Kiwi Crate. I can’t recommend it enough for people who homeschool, or anyone looking to add in some educational fun to your or your kiddo’s life. There are different boxes for different ages and even specialized ones for older kids focusing on different science or art themes!
While I am an affilite of Kiwi Crate, this box was purchased with my own money, and the review is my own honest opinion. As an affiliate, the links in this post are affiliate links. All income from affiliate links covers costs here on the blog!
We are slowly winding down with the school year, which means the dreaded meetings at the public school are coming up soon to decide if she’ll start off in kindergarten or first grade. But you know what? I’m actually feeling okay about them. I trust that the staff will have my kiddos best interests at heart, and I know that I certainly have her best interests at heart and I will do what I have to to make sure that she has a great school environment to thrive in! I’m so, so thankful that I decide to take this homeschool adventure. It’s definitely not an experience I will forget!