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This month we step into unique homes from around the world and discover the many fascinating ways in which people live and have lived. If you lived in the mountains of southern Spain, your bedroom might be carved out of a mountain. If you lived in a village in South Africa, the outside of your house might tell the story of your family. And if you lived in a floating greenhouse in the Netherlands, you could rotate your house to watch both the sunrise and sunset. Giles Laroche takes you on a journey around the world explaining the reason why each home was constructed the way in which it was, then lets us imagine what it would be like to live in homes so different from our own.
My children loved this book. Each page they would look at the home and try to guess where they thought it was from. Which in turn lead into a competition of who could accurately guess the most correct locations. I was amazed that by just studying the beautiful cut paper illustrations they were able to guess a number of correct locations and each page was like a new adventure.
We located each home one the world map. Then at the end of the book we talked about which home we would want to live in and discussed why we would choose that particular one.
Then we learned the 7 Continents Song
7 Continents Song:
North & South America
Then we have Antarctica
Don’t forget Australia
7 CONTINENTS 7 CONTINENTS
We then put together a book of Me on the Map.
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We are working hard on our Summer Adventure List and this week we tackled #65 Bird Watching & #51 Making A Bird Feeder this was one of our favorites yet. The kids loved this so much that we have gone on bird watching nature hikes everyday this week.
Every bird watcher needs three things:
- Field Guide (we were able to get ours at the library)
- Bird Watching Journal
We have a pair of child-size binoculars however we only have one pair so I thought it would be fun to for the children to make a project of their own set of “binoculars”
Materials you will need are
- Two empty toilet paper rolls (or a paper towel roll cut in half)
- Paint (in the color of your choice)
- Paint brush
- Craft glue
- Cord or string
- Hole punch
- Paint the toilet paper rolls and wooden beads the color of your choice. Let dry completely.
- Glue the rolls together
- Punch a hole at the outer edge of each roll. Attach string through the holes to make a strap.
- Grab your Field Guide, Bird Watching Journal, and let the bird watching expedition begin!
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Fun Bird Study Tools:
I love this bird diagram printable that Nurturing Learning turned into a puzzle
We used Merlin Bird Id app to help us identify birds as well.
National Geographic’s Backyard Bird Identifier
Bird Watchers Digest
eNature: Bird Audio
20 Iphone Apps for Outdoor Adventures