The Great Famine was a period in Ireland between 1845 and 1849 of mass starvation, disease, and immigration. During the famine, about one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%. This time has also been referred to as the Irish Potato … Continue reading Ireland Unit: Grow a Potato (Great Irish Famine Activity)
Much of Europe has similar animals, so it was a fun challenge to pick a few for our Ireland unit. I tried to find some that were specific to just Ireland or came to mind when one thinks of Ireland. I also created corresponding Montessori inspired 3-part printables for these animals as part of our … Continue reading IRELAND Unit Study: Fauna – Montessori 3-Part Matching Cards
I've seen many beautiful felt puzzles posted over the years and I thought it would be fun to make one for my Ireland Unit. Initially I was going to do the Shamrock, since it's Ireland's national flora, but decided instead to do a red clover plant because my preschooler would be able to relate to … Continue reading Montessori Inspired Felt Red Clover Puzzle: Botany Study
I love activities that allow me to upcycle or reuse things that would normally be thrown away. Instead of throwing away plastic straws, rinse them out and save to make colorful plastic "sheets" to upcycle into fun crafts. This month we are also studying Ireland, and as the shamrock is the national flora, this was … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Straw Shamrock Sun-Catcher
The macaque or "Snow Monkey" of Japan is a colorful monkey that lives in the colder regions of Japan, thus earning it's name. I thought it was the perfect animal to make a life cycle spinner to compliment our study of Japan. I sketched some simple drawings of various stages in a monkey's life and … Continue reading Japan Unit Study: Life Cycle of the Macaque Monkey
Here in Colorado we get quite a bit of snow at times. Sometimes it's just too cold for the littles to go outside and play, so I decided to bring the snow to them! About a year ago, I bought a "Tuff Tray" from the UK - It's basically a heavy duty PVC tray with … Continue reading Snow Painting – Indoor Sensory Activity
March we started studying Ireland (because St. Patrick's Day, lol) and are really enjoying it! The first week of the month we were on vacation in the Caribbean as a family (yeah I know, rough), so we had a somewhat late start to our activities. I visited this beautiful country when I was five months … Continue reading #TravelingThroughLearning – IRELAND Unit!
For each of my country units, I like to have a sensory bin or small world play - I believe that imagination is one of the greatest assets of childhood and hope to instill this in my kiddos. For our Japan unit, I thought a miniature zen garden would make the perfect inspiration for my … Continue reading Japan Unit: Zen Garden Sensory Bin
We started studying Japan for the month of February and absolutely LOVING this beautiful country! I have always wanted to visit Japan, but for now I'll settle for traveling there through our themed activities! 🙂 Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean, and lies off the eastern … Continue reading #TravelingThroughLearning – JAPAN Unit!
I love a brand-new block of construction paper, and so does my oldest! The potential is endless. My inspiration for this activity actually comes from the paper itself, as there was a photo of this exact craft as an idea. Crocodiles are found in large numbers in the tropical north of Australia; the saltwater crocodile … Continue reading Woven Crocodile Paper Craft