Sonlight Core B (Core 1): Week 6

Ahhh. I'm sitting in Panera, sipping a soda, enjoying a bagel and getting a few quiet minutes to myself. I've been reading through others' blogs and thought, "I should update my own blog as well!" So, here's our latest round of activities for week 6 of Sonlight. I actually took pictures this week, but don't have my memory stick with  me. Maybe I'll add them later...

Houses & Homes:
  • Made a project from The Ultimate Building Book. We made a newspaper strut teepee. The first version kept collapsing and testing my sanity. The second version (with much stronger struts) lasted 2 days and restored my faith in my engineering abilities. 
  • Played "Build a House" online game
  • Made igloos with marshmallows and toothpicks. Fun idea in theory. It was a disaster in practice. Our igloos looked more like teepees (according to Happiness), but at least they were fun to eat.
  • Looked at pictures of Coober Pedy
  • Created our own underground homes out of sheets and blankets.
World of Animals:
  • Read Littlest Llama - excellent living book on the wildlife in the Andes mountains
  • Watched video of leaf cutter ants
  • Created a rainforest canopy poster. The girls got to each choose an animal from each layer of the rainforest. We then found coloring pages for those animals, and while I was creating the canopy poster, they colored there pictures. Mr. Moose even got in on the fun and colored his own Toucan. He was very excited to add it to the poster. 
Homer Price:
  • Created a large ball of string (actually, we didn't do this. I had planned it, but forgot to buy string in advance!)
  • Created a safe bug trap 

Sight Word Games

Sight words are hard for me to teach...but not as hard to play! Happiness and I are working through a sight word list, so I've been compiling a list of games to be the proverbial "spoonful of sugar" to help these words get learned! Thought I would share some of the game resources for others:

If you've come across any great sight word games/activities, share them here. I'm always looking for more ideas.

    Chinese language learning resources

    Part of our 2011/2012 curriculum is learning Mandarin Chinese using Usborne's 1000 Chinese Words. I'm keeping my goals quite low - hopefully by next May we'll know somewhere around 40-60 vocabulary words and will be using them on a regular basis.

    Here's some resources I recently discovered that might be useful to others:
    Any resources you've discovered for learning Chinese? If so, share them with me and I'll add them to this page. 
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