Tardigrade Homeschool Resources

Tardigrade Homeschool Resources

 

Have you heard of a tardigrade before? If not, it’s time to read up. These little guys are pretty awesome. If you have kiddos, especially preschoolers who love all things creepy and crawly like my preschooler, then tardigrades are definitely something you should include in your science curriculum.

Tardigrades, or water bears as they’re sometimes called, are micro-animals that can survive a multitude of conditions, including surviving temperatures higher than 300 degrees Fahrenheit and temperatures close to absolute zero. They are found almost anywhere and everywhere, even from the depths of the sea to the top of the Himalayas.They’re one of the toughest critters around, having even survived the vacuum of space.

Some of the earliest tardigrade fossils we have found have been dated to over 500 million years old. That makes these tough little dudes older than dinosaurs (My 4 year old thought this was the coolest thing ever.).

Since tardigrades are so stinkin’ cool, I decided to find all the resources I could on them that would be applicable for a homeschool lesson. I will eventually try to formulate all of this into lesson plans, but since my family follows more of an unschooling approach, this list works well for us, for now.

If you have any resources that could be added to this list, please drop a message on this post and I’ll add it in!

 

Tardigrade Resources – Younger Grades

Tardigrade Resources – Older Grades

Tardigrade Pinterest Boards

(These boards all have neat pictures that my kids loved looking at.)

 

Primordial Willow’s 2016 Reading List

 

Primordial Willow's 2016 Reading List

 

Howdy y’all!

One of my goals for 2016 is to up my reading game. I’ve always been an avid reader, but this year I really want to focus on reading books that are pertinent to the paths I am following (herbalist, doula, bad ass mom, etc.)  and help me grow in those paths.

Inspired by the Facebook page A Year of Books, I plan on reading a book every 2 weeks. Unlike A Year of Books, I’ll be re-reading some books that I’ve already read – I’ll also be reading older books instead of new releases.

So if you’re interested, join me in this fun adventure! If you do decide to follow along, be sure to post in the comments on this page, or leave a message on my Facebook page, letting me know what book you’re on and what you like/dislike about it.

Here’s my 26 books (1 book every 2 weeks) for 2016:

  1. Homebirth in the Hospital, by Stacey Kerr, MD.
  2. Herbal Healing for Women, by Rosemary Gladstar
  3. The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin, P.T.
  4. Eve’s Herbs: A History of Contraception and Abortion in the West, by John M. Riddle
  5. Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler
  6. Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, by Inga Muscio, Ph.D.
  7. Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, by Ina May Gaskin
  8. Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide, by Aviva Romm, M.D.
  9. The Male Herbal: Health Care for Men and Boys, by James Green
  10. The Official Lamaze Guide, by Judith Lothian, RN, Ph.D.
  11. Women’s Anatomy of Arousal, by Sheri Winston, CNM, RN, BSN
  12. Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method, by Marie F. Mongan
  13. Los Remedios: Traditional Herbal Remedies of the Southwest, by Michael Moore
  14. Birth Over Thirty-Five, by Sheila Kitzinger
  15. Herbal Antivirals, by Stephen Harrod Buhner
  16. Childbirth Without Fear, by Grantly Dick-Read
  17. The White Goddess, by Robert Graves
  18. The Premature Baby Book, by William Sears, M.D., Robert Sears M.D., and James Sears, M.D.
  19. Aradia, by Charles Godfrey Leland
  20. The Attachment Parenting Book, by William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears.
  21. Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra
  22. The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, by Jack Newman, M.D.
  23. Medical Herbalism, by David Hoffmann
  24. Beyond the Blues, by Shoshana S. Bennett.
  25. Herbal Antibiotics, by Stephen Harrod Buhner
  26. When Survivors Give Birth, by Penny Simkin

P.S. Don’t forget, you can get used books from Amazon for as low as $0.01! Also, don’t forget to check your local library for some of these books. Happy Reading!

 

My Life on Instagram

Did you know you can also follow me on Instagram? I usually post at least one pic a day that kind of shows a glimpse of mine and the A Team’s day-to-day lives. Here’s a few things me and my little minions did this week…

rock climbers
These two monkeys informed me they were rock climbers.
bitty a is almost here
40 weeks! Bitty A will be here any day now!
healing roses
All of the rain we’ve been getting has been doing wonders for my very sad rose bushes. I enjoy drinking rose petal tea and making rose infused honey.
diaper stash
Diaper stuffing and folding day!
doula studies
Doula training!
hemp cord tie
A hemp umbilical cord tie I braided that I’m anticipating on using with Bitty A.
peanut butter little a
Little a loves her nut butter.
I chopped off my hair!
I chopped off my hair!

My Homeschooling WAHM Daily Routine (In Pictures)

Big A is in preschool now, so I’ve been trying to establish a better daily homeschool routine in conjunction with my daily work routine. In reality, we’re more along the line of unschoolers, but he does do a bit of workbook practice every couple of days. We don’t homeschool every day, but something productive does happen at least 3 or 4 days out of the week. Even when we’re not doing something structured, learning always abounds.

Sleepy Heads

The days end and begin with cosleeping. Both of my kids (ages 3 and 2) still sleep with me. The only time they’ve ever slept away from me in another room was when I was miscarrying Baby Arthur. Once my body healed, they were back in the room with me.

Now that their father and I no longer live together, they usually sleep in bed with me. I also have a Pack ‘N’ Play in our room that I occasionally will put one of them in if they’re being rowdy, but otherwise, the three of us (plus the little one growing in my belly) all sleep together every night.

Since I work from home and we homeschool, I don’t really have a set time that we try to get up at every morning. We usually automatically wake up at around 7 or 8, but if we had a rough night (like Little a’s late night teething fits as of late), we’ll sleep in.

Healthy breakfast for toddler

After waking up and getting ready for the day, we always try to start off with a healthy breakfast. This usually consists of fruit, protein, a grain, and some veggies (I know, I know, cucumbers are a fruit…). Sometimes we have local eggs as our protein, but often times we have nut butter on toast. Occasionally we’ll have a little treat by eating a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast.

I usually try to make a little game with our food by having the kids help me count out the grapes or blueberries that I put on each child’s plate. By having them count with me, they know that each one is getting the same amount, while also working on their counting. Win, Win!

Walk with the stroller

After breakfast and a bit of housework, we go for an hour walk. Since we’re back in the city, the kids usually chill out in the stroller while I walk. I’ll have them walk a portion of the way that’s not so traffic dense so they’re getting exercise, too.

Autumn tattoos

After our walk, the kids will do a bit of independent play while I do housework, check emails, schedule social media posts, and whatever other smaller activities I might have lined up for work that day. Sometimes the A Team gets a little carried away when it comes to independent play (like when Little a found my colored pens), but they always manage to have fun.

Strawberry Cacao Smoothie BlendAfter independent play and minor work, the kids and I usually break for lunch. Lunch is almost always smoothies, because they’re easy, they’re healthy, and this mama is way too damned exhausted to fix elaborate meals three times a day. The kids really like it when I make cacao smoothies, but I try to not make those every time, despite my love for chocolate.

Meals are always spent together. We leave the TV off, the cell phone put away, and just sit around and focus on our meal and each other. Sometimes we’ll read a book, but most times we just sit around and talk, even if I don’t always understand what the A Team is rambling on about.

Litte a Potty Training

Throughout the day, I work with the kids on learning life skills. They help me put away dishes, dust, pick up their toys, make the bed, fold laundry, and so on. Potty training also somehow manages to get done during the day. Thankfully both of my kids are pretty self-disciplined and motivated for toddlers, so they’re both great at cleaning up after themselves without being told (but we have our days…).

Little a During Nap TIme

Sometime after lunch, Little a takes a nap. Normally she’ll go off to the bedroom on her own when she’s tired, but sometimes she’ll ask me to go with her and stay there until she falls asleep. Big A is pretty much past the nap stage, so while she’s napping, he’ll work on his workbooks. If I’m with her, that’s when he gets a special treat of watching one of his favorite TV shows (PAW Patrol and Peppa Pig are his current faves).

Aaron and Autumn Unschooling

Sometimes Little a skips nap time, or just takes one later than usual. When this happens, she’ll do tot school activities while Big A works out of one of his workbooks. Usually she just colors or she’ll practice holding a crayon properly. Big A’s workbooks usually consists of letter tracing.

While Big A is doing workbook activities, I take a break from work. He’s still young enough that he pretty much needs my undivided attention while he completes the activities in the book.

Throughout the day, I’ll mix speaking in Spanish and English to the kids, so they’re both fluent in each. Neither really speaks much Spanish, but they certainly know what this Latina is saying when she’s trying to get her point across.

Big A on Puzzles

After workbook practice, we’ll sit and have a snack. Our snacks are usually something fermented, like sauerkraut. On very rare occasions we’ll have a special treat during snack, like a Pop Tart, but those occasions are quite rare. When we’re done with our snacks, it’s back to independent play. Sometimes Big A likes to work on puzzles during this time.

Little a coloring

Little a usually likes to color during independent play. Sometimes I’ll turn on the TV so they can watch one of their favorite shows. Usually I take this time to get some actual ghostwriting done, since they’re both calm and focused on their play.

Having fun

If the day happens to be a Saturday, we go out and get our shopping done and hang out with my mom. Both of my kids absolutely hate shopping, but my mom likes to make it fun for them.

Autumn and the baby

Dinner happens around 6pm on most days. We usually have something Cuban, like arroz con pollo. This is the only meal that I really try to get all Martha Stewart with. If we have leftovers from a previous night, we’ll finish them off during dinner.

After we eat, we just chill out for a little bit and have some family time. Lately Little a has been really curious about why my belly continues to grow. Usually after dinner, we’ll sit down and she rubs my belly and asks a bunch of questions in two year old speak. I try to answer them the best that I can, but I’m not sure if I have her convinced yet that she’s no longer going to be the baby of the family.

Outdoor fun

Living in Arkansas means it’s always hot. After dinner, we’ll spend a little time outside since the temperature goes down a little bit after 5. The kids love being outdoors, thus ensues more independent play.

We have a completely fenced in back porch that the kids can’t get out of, so I’ll leave the door leading to the outside open and work on cleaning the house while they play. When I’m done, I’ll sit outside with them and play with them or work on emails and social media posts. If it’s sunny, I like to sunbathe and get some much needed vitamin D for my growing little baby.

As the sun begins to set, we’ll head back inside and work on getting ready for bed. Sometimes this involves taking showers, but we don’t bathe daily. Only if we get really icky do we bathe on a daily basis. Otherwise, a good wipe down of the important areas with a wet rag is all we need.

The kids handle brushing their teeth (with supervision), combing their hair, and all the other personal hygiene tasks they need to complete before going to bed.

Before they got to bed, they’re required to put away all of their toys. I don’t like a messy house. In fact, I might be a little OCD sometimes when it comes to clutter… Regardless, my goal is to teach the kids the importance of keeping a clean space. While they’re picking up their toys, I do my best to set an example and finish up any household cleaning tasks that might still be lingering.

After the toys are cleaned up, I take the kids to bed and read them a story. They love Curious George and Dr. Seuss books, so that’s usually what they pick out for our night time reading. Once we finish story time, it’s lights out.

Little a with Mama

When the kiddos are asleep is when I get the bulk of my work done (like I’m doing right now at midnight). Occasionally I’ll end up with someone who decides they’re going to be a night owl (almost always Little a) and I have to work around them. Both of my kids have learnt that when I’m working, I need them to be quiet and respectful. They’re both good at entertaining themselves, even if they sometimes end up sitting on my lap to do so while I work.

Work usually keeps me up anywhere from midnight to well past 2 in the morning. Staying up this late is certainly not ideal (especially on the mornings when Big A likes to wake me up at 6am), but it’s what I have to do to make things work for us. I honestly really enjoy what I do and the time that I spend with my kids. Even though I sometimes feel like a pregnant zombie, having the privilege of running my own business while watching my children learn and grow is absolutely priceless.

What does your daily routine look like? 

You can find more of my pictures and day-to-day happenings over on my Instagram page

My Homeschooling WAHM Daily Routine

The Art of Juggling or, A Homeschooling WAHM’s Schedule

A Homeschooling WAHM's Schedule

Considering I’m rather inept when it comes to juggling, or really much of anything that involves too much hand-eye coordination, sometimes I impress myself when I look back and see what I manage to accomplish in a single day. And before you roll your eyes at me, I’m not trying to brag or make myself sound like supermom. I’m simply a parent.

Whether you’re a parent who works full-time outside of the home, full-time in the home, part-time worker, or a stay-at-home parent, you’re working your ass off pretty much every hour of every day, and that makes you awesome. When I say that sometimes I’m impressed by what I accomplish, I mean that the pre-family me would have never of pictured me doing what I do today.

In a single day, I manage to homeschool my preschooler, work a full-time job from home, assist my husband in managing a farm, study for my doula classes, grow a baby (due October 2015), make healthy meals from scratch, somehow find time to read, and occasionally get a shower. For someone that’s as scatter brained and unorganized as I tend to be, all of that’s quite an accomplishment.

My days only flow well if I stick with a daily rhythm with the kids, while also sticking with a fairly rigorous work schedule for myself. They also only work well if my husband and I work together as a team. Some days I don’t get much sleep, or the house doesn’t look perfect, but I do manage to get all of my work done and at least some school work done with my son.

Without further ado, here’s what my typical day looks like:

7am – 8am: I almost always wake up at this time. Now, a lot of bloggers mention that first thing in the morning is their personal time that they like to spend journaling, reading their religious texts, or what have you. Honestly, I would love to be one of those people. I would love to be able to wake up at the crack of dawn, do some yoga while sipping jasmine tea, then work on my Book of Shadows while my whole family sleeps peacefully. Sadly, I’m not one of those people. I hate mornings. On a typical day, I’ll lie in bed and think about how I should be getting out of bed, but I usually just roll back over and try to daydream about Jason Momoa some more before my kids wake me up with farting and giggling.

8am – 9am: Kids are awake. My husband’s has been awake for a while, so when the kiddos and I come out from the bedroom, he usually gets breakfast started while I work on getting the kids and I dressed and ready for the day. This includes making beds, changing diapers/using the potty, hygiene, etc. By the time we’re done, Viking Man usually has omelets or oatmeal ready, depending on what we have in stock. We sit, eat, clean the kitchen (the kids help), then work on getting ready to go outside. If we need laundry washed, Viking Man almost always has it started already by the time I’m up. If he doesn’t, then I’ll get it going before breakfast. In the wee hours of the morning is when Viking Man gets his freelance work done. I think he usually wakes up at 5:30 or 6, but I’m never up that early, so I can’t guarantee that one for ya.

9am – 11am: This is the time we spend doing nature walks and farm work. If the weather is nice, I’ll line dry our laundry. We try to only do laundry on nice days in order to keep our energy bill low by not needing to use the dryer. We live on roughly 70 acres with a bunch of horses and enough wild berries and greens to feed an entire troupe of foragers. Right now we have been busy making garden preparations, cleaning up fence line, pruning trees, and lots and lots of foraging.

11am -12pm: We all go back to the house to prep lunch. While I make lunch, the kiddos usually watch an educational program that we recorded on the DVR while we were outside. Their current favorite is “Little Einsteins”. I usually make lunch with dinner leftovers, or we’ll have something simple like sandwiches. While I’m making lunch, Viking Man checks his work email (he works as a Russian translator on the side) and will check my work email if I’m expecting anything important. The kids’ show usually takes about 30 minutes, so I try to time lunch to be finished when their show is done. We’ll sit, eat, talk and laugh, then clean up the kitchen.

12pm – 2pm: The kiddos get prepped for naps. They have to put any toys that they may have gotten out away before nap time. We usually do a story time before they lie down, typically something from Gerald McDermott or Dr. Seuss. Once they’ve had their faces washed, nap clothes put on, and story read, they’ll all lie down with Viking Man for a nap. Little a is going through this phase in which she has to have either Viking Man or I lying down with her in order for her to go to sleep, so he usually does it so I can get some work done.

12:30pm – 3:30pm: After I’ve done story time with the kids, I leave them with the hubs so I can get to work. I start off the work day by checking my email, updating Facebook posts (which automatically sync to Twitter), and going through any blog comments that I might have. Then, I move on to doing whatever pressing freelance work I might have. I work as a ghostwriter, content writer, blogger, and medical (pharmacology) writer. I’ll also squeeze in during this time some research that I might have to do for an upcoming project.

3:30pm – 4:30pm: The kids and Viking Man usually only sleep until 2 or 2:30, so while I’ve been finishing up work, Viking Man has been changing diapers, giving out snacks, doing some school work with the kids (he and I split up the school work to help share the load – he handles Russian and some of their math studies, while I do the other stuff). Once I’m done with work at around 3:30, we’ll all head out for a walk. Toys must be put away before we go on our walk. Our mailbox is a ¼ of a mile from our house, so we’ll usually make a trip to the mailbox and back during this time. We also usually check fences while we’re out doing this, since the trail to the mailbox consists of a good portion of our horse pasture.

4:30pm – 5:15pm: I work with Big A on some of his school work while Viking Man and Little a do a bit of housework or watch a show (both of them are Trekkies, so they get some good father-daughter bonding time with Captain Picard). Big A and I work on sight words and other language arts projects applicable for a preschooler. We’ll also squeeze in an arts and crafts project, which Little a usually participates in.

5:15pm – 6pm: Viking Man goes out to do the evening feeding chores while the kids watch an educational program (usually Jack and the Neverland Pirates or Dora the Explorer) while I cook dinner. When Viking Man gets back in, we sit and eat, then clean up the kitchen (the kids help).

6pm – 7:30pm: This is our chill-out time. We’ll watch some television, read books, or just hang out. If the kids are distracted enough, sometimes Viking Man and I try to sneak off for some alone time, but they usually notice and foil our plans. Regardless, we try to have some quiet time before bed so that everyone can hang out without having to rush to get some farm work, school work, or any other kind of “work” done.

7:30pm – 8pm: Bed prep time. We don’t all bathe every day. Most weeks we only bathe 2 or 3 times that entire week. Some of you might find that gross, but if you wipe down the appropriate areas, you really don’t need to bathe daily, unless you’re just getting filthy. Viking Man probably bathes more than the kids and I do, because he does more work with the horses, but he still doesn’t bathe every day. Also, the kids and I are Latin, so washing our hair every day is a major no-no, or it’ll dry out really bad. Once everyone is dressed in pajamas and basic hygiene has been performed, we’ll all lie in bed and read a story. It is mandatory in our house that the kids have their toys picked up and put away before they go to bed, so if that hasn’t been done, they need to get it finished before lights out. Viking Man will usually lie down with the kids until they fall asleep, but sometimes, he dozes off, too. If he manages to stay away, he’ll get up and catch up on Doctor Who while I work, or he’ll work on a translation project he might have lined up.

8pm – 12am: This is when I get the bulk of my work done. I’ll finish up my freelance projects, work on my blog, get whatever research completed that I need to do, send out emails, etc. I try to get every bit of my work that involves social media done in the earlier half of my work day so that I can focus on writing late at night, but that doesn’t always work out. My work rarely involves me having to make phone calls, so it doesn’t hurt me any to do the bulk of my work late at night. Most nights I can be finished by midnight, but if I have a major project due soon, I’ll stay up until 2am sometimes. I’ll also wash diapers while I’m working and will hang them up on the drying rack right before I go to bed. They’re usually completely dry by the time Viking Man is up in the morning. If I have some doula studies I need to do, I’ll try to get them done during this time, too.

12am, 1am, or 2am: Before bed, I’ll check over things and make sure nothing needs to be folded or wiped down before the morning. Viking Man is pretty good about helping keep the house clean, so I usually don’t have to worry about anything. I do my part to be a good Cuban and have my midnight snack, then I’m off to bed. If I’m not completely tired, I’ll read for a little bit before going to sleep, but I’m usually too exhausted for late night reading. If I feel up to reading, I’m usually reading a book that is required for my doula training.

All-in-all, I work roughly 7 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. Viking Man and I tag team with homeschooling, but our kids receive around 1 ½ to 2 hours of homeschool work about 4 days a week. We count a lot of the things they do on the farm as some of their school work, but Big A (our only school-aged one at this time) does do sheet work and manipulative work around an hour each day. He and Little a both receive instruction in Spanish and Russian, while English (and Spanglish) is used in our day-to-day speaking. I’m not sure how much time Viking Man spends entirely on his freelance work. I would say he spends roughly 2-3 hours a day for about 4 days a week. Most of his job is focusing on farm work and helping me with the kiddos, but the extra income he brings in is certainly very nice to have.

I’ll post a future article that details what the kids’ homeschool schedules look like, but I wanted this article to show what my schedule as a WAHM looks like. Since Big A is a young preschooler (he’s 3 ½ years old), we try to focus more on independent learning, with a bit of sheet work here and there for practicing patience and all that other boring stuff…

We definitely don’t have everything perfectly organized. Our house isn’t always immaculate, but it’s usually fairly clean. I know that our situation, having both parents at home, would not be ideal for all families, but it works pretty well for us. Both my husband and I have the luxury of working jobs that are easily performed entirely from home, while also being able to be with our children all day. Some days, it drives me crazy being around my loud little bunch 24/7, but when I look back, I’m eternally grateful for this time and the luxuries I have been afforded.

What does your day look like?


Winter Solstice Preschool Curriculum – Week 1, Day 1

Winter Solstice Preschool Homeschool Curriculum - Day 1 Activities

Week 1 – Day 1 (Yule and Sun Theme)

Reading & Social Studies:

Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott You can find a read along of this book on YouTube or purchase it on Amazon.

Arts & Crafts, Math, and Science:

Yule Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

Ingredients:

1 cup flour          1 cup salt            2 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

3/4 cup water – you may need more, depending on the type of flour you use.

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon       2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Directions

*Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. *Combine all of the ingredients together. This is a great activity for your little one to do. *Roll out the dough. It shouldn’t be sticky. If it is, add more flour. If it’s crumbly and will not roll together, add a little more water. *Have your kiddo use cookie cutters to cut the ornaments out of the dough. If you don’t own any cookie cutters, you can always mold the ornaments yourselves into whatever shape you like. *Lay out the ornaments on an ungreased cookie sheet. *Bake for 4 to 6 hours, or until completely dry. Your bake time may vary depending on your location and oven, so keep an eye on these bad boys! *Once done baking, allow to completely cool. This takes about an hour. *When your ornaments are completely dry, you can paint them or just leave them as is. These have a lovely brown hue thanks to the spices added, so they look great without paint.

Music:

YouTube Sun Songs

Language Arts:

Visual Story Book (Making Ornaments)

A visual story book is a way for children to learn how to develop their own stories based around their experiences. After making the salt dough ornaments, encourage your child to make their own visual story book to detail the steps that they took to make the ornaments and how much they enjoyed it.

The child can use multiple mediums to create their stories. They can draw, paint, color, or use puppets (or their favorite doll) to create their stories. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The point is to encourage them to remember events and be creative.

Health:

Sun Yoga Poses

What better way is there to learn about the sun than through yoga!?! Simple sun salutations are an excellent way to get your preschooler interested in learning about the sun, while also doing something healthy and active.

Here are a few sun yoga poses that are generally safe for everyone (consult a family doctor before beginning any new exercise):

  • Half Sun Salutation Pose
  • Star Pose
  • Standing Sun Pose
  • Sun Salutation Pose

You can find out more about each of these poses here: https://primordialwillow.com/2014/11/05/sun-inspired-yoga-poses-for-the-entire-family-this-yule/

Winter Solstice Preschool Outline – Week 1

Winter Solstice Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

Week 1 (Yule and Sun) Daily Planner

Week 1 – Day 1    

Reading & Social Studies: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott

Arts & Crafts: Sun Shaped Salt Dough Ornaments

Math: Combined with Science (Measuring Ingredients)

Science: Combined with Arts & Crafts (Combining ingredients – basic chemistry)

Music: Listen to and memorize sun songs on YouTube or Pandora

Language Arts: Visual Story Map (Baking Ornaments)

Health: Sun Yoga Poses

This week’s activities are outlines in detail here.

Week 1 – Day 2

Reading & Social Studies: Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven

Arts & Crafts: Yule and Sun Themed Coloring Sheets

Math: Combined with Science (Measuring ingredients)

Science: Bake Sun Bread

Music: Listen to and sing Yule songs on YouTube or Pandora

Language Arts: Visual Story Map (The Sun)

Health: Sun Yoga Poses

Week 1 – Day 3

Reading & Social Studies: Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English by Alma Flor Ada

Arts & Crafts: Yule Cards

Math: Seasonal Scents Counting Game

Science: Seasonal Scents Test

Music: Listen to and Sing Yule Songs on YouTube or Pandora

Language Arts: Visual Story Map (Scents)

Health: Sun Yoga Poses

Week 1 – Day 4

Reading & Social Studies: There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat Learning Library) by Tish Rabe

Arts & Crafts: Yule Altar/Nature Basket

Math: Sun Spot Counting Game

Science: Nature Gathering for Yule Altar

Music: Nature Music

Language Arts: Visual Story Map (Solar System)

Health: Sun Yoga Poses

Week 1 – Day 5

Reading & Social Studies: Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From by Franklin M. Branley

Arts & Crafts: Jingle Bell Instruments

Math: Yule Lights Color Recognition Game

Science: Combined with Reading

Music: Nutcracker Drumming Routine

Language Arts: Sun Alphabet

Health: Dance with Jingle Bell Instruments