I do a lot of planning for our little homeschool. Because I have chosen not to use much formal curriculum for preschool, Pre-K, and K, I spend a lot of time looking up ideas and laying things out. My lesson plans always rock...until we get down to the school room with real children! But sometimes, they do go off without a hitch.
A fun lesson we did this year was during our Weather unit; we learned about clouds. These activities took place over several days, and I thought I would share for anyone who wants to check them out or give them a try.
First we read Clouds and made shaving cream clouds on the kitchen table. I was impressed with this book, and we ended up using several others from the series throughout the unit (thunder and lightning, tornadoes, and volcanoes).
We read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, one of my childhood favorites. After we read the book, I asked Lee what foods he thought were yummy in the book. I used every ingredient on the list to plan a Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Day.
For breakfast, we ate chocolate iced doughnuts with sprinkles, pancakes with syrup, bacon, and orange juice.
Lunch was hot dogs, sliced cheese, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Dinner was meatballs, rolls, pizza, ice cream, and chocolate pie. Followed by family movie night to view the movie. I won't say it was the best kids' movie I've ever seen, but they did a decent job of sticking to the book, for book lovers like me out there.
The final activity was a cloud picnic. We laid out a blanket, ate a yummy snack, and used our cloud finder to identify the clouds that were in the sky. Hilariously, there was not one cloud in the sky when we got outside, but we had a few appear by the end of our picnic.
I got on a kick of muffin tin meals (that I need to get back on), and I found this little snack idea. We all loved it. Think large marshmallows, peanut butter, and toppings, and you are on the right track. My favorite combos were PB + toffee and PB + rainbow sprinkles.
And, a little photo of our puny cloud. But the cloud finder made it easy to identify, for sure.