Guatemala is a Central American country south of Mexico, and features rainforests, volcanoes, and ancient Mayan sites. The capital, Guatemala City, features the stately National Palace of Culture and the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Antigua, west of the capital, contains preserved Spanish colonial buildings. Lake Atitlán, formed in a massive volcanic crater, is … Continue reading #TravelingThroughLearning – GUATEMALA Unit!
I like to include a native toy or vintage toy for each county in my unit studies. As the world has become smaller through the invention of technology, unique toys to certain cultures become difficult to find. As I prepped for our Iceland unit, I stumbled upon the history of the Völuskrín. Years ago, children … Continue reading Völuskrín – Early Icelandic Children’s Toys [Iceland Unit Study]
One of my go-to activities when the tiny ones are melting down is a warm bath. I guess it only makes sense as this is also my go-to when I need to recharge and calm down. A few months ago I was thinking of how I would incorporate aurora borealis into my learning activities as … Continue reading Glowstick Sensory Bath – Aurora Borealis
As part of our Jamaica unit, I made a sensory bottle with jellyfish inside! I honestly cannot believe how amazing it turned out and my girls enjoyed (and still do!) playing with it. I love how memorizing the jellyfish float and ripple around the bottle - perfect for learning about jellyfish, Jamaica or just a … Continue reading Jellyfish Sensory Bottle Activity
As part of our Jamaica Unit Study I wanted to incorporate a Pirate themed activity as Port Royal, Jamaica was once a major pirate port centuries ago. I recognize that the romanced version of Pirates is very different than reality, but it is still a fun theme to lightly learn about with my kiddos. Part … Continue reading Pirate Treasure Chest Counting / Simple Mathematics Activity
I have been quite intrigued with our study the indigenous people of the Caribbean, the Taíno. The ancestors of the Taíno originated in South America, and eventually migrated to these island homes. During the late fifteenth century, they were the principal inhabitants of most of the Caribbean, including Jamaica. The Taíno were the first New … Continue reading Jamaica Unit Study: Taino Natives Symbols [Fine Motor Activity]
Its hard sometimes to come up with activities that can be enjoyed by both a preschooler AND a toddler - many of my printables or crafts the toddler destroys or chews on, which adds a level of challenge with various activities. We have been studying the Leatherback Sea Turtle as part of our Jamaica Unit … Continue reading Jamaica Unit Study: Leatherback Sea Turtle Sensory Nest
JAMAICA is our country for the month of May and what a fun country! My husband and I visited Jamaica in 2013, and fell in love with the culture and the people. I remember one gentleman told us, "We don't have problems, we just have adventures." Jamaica is an island nation located in the Caribbean, … Continue reading #TravelingThroughLearning – JAMAICA Unit!
As part of our England unit, we studied the Pound Sterling, often referred to as the Pound. The Pound Sterling is the official currency of the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the British Antarctic Territory, and Tristan da Cunha. It is subdivided into 100 pence. … Continue reading England Unit: British Pound Sterling Currency Study
When my husband and I were in London in 2012, we visited a pub dedicated to Sherlock Holmes, which had a room set up like a museum. Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Referring to himself as a "consulting detective" in the stories, Holmes is known … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes Discovery / Sensory Bin [England Unit]