Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fun Farm Unit Part 2 {NEW}

Fun Farm Unit
Part Two

Field Trip:  Duck Pond
For this part of the unit... I took my son to a duck pond.  It was an early, slightly windy evening therefore, it was a great time to feed the animals, walk around, and socialize with friends.  On this particular night the animals were obviously very hungry.  The crowd gathered around as though they were 'starving'.  They were actually taking the bread out of our hands before I could even reach my hand out.  As soon as we walked up to the pond~ duck galore.  They were coming from all over the place...behind the trees, out of the water, from all sides, and more.  Through all of that, my son enjoyed himself very much.  To my surprise on the other hand; I was rather pleased with how well the animals behaved towards all of the people, especially towards the children.  They weren't aggressive.  Unfortunately, we only brought one loaf of bread... apparently, it wasn't enough.  Needless-to-say, exploring the area, looking at the ducks, and observing the various things that were happening all at once was a wonderful visual lesson within itself.  Things such as the turtles swimming around, ducks walking straight up to us, and observing the other little children that were doing the same thing ~ all priceless within it's own natural way.  Personally and professionally speaking, I find by doing such things demonstrate as to why I chose to home school in the first place.  The basic fact, that 'field trips' are hard to come by within the educational system.  To explain - a teacher would have to find parental support, sometimes money, transportation, permission slips (ohhh! those dreaded slips!), and a whole lot more that goes into effect when thinking of taking 30 plus students somewhere.  I know!! I have done it many times.  However, when all said and done - the adventure was worth it!

Read:  Dimmity Duck
This is a very cute story! My little guy loved listening to it over and over again!! It's a story about friendship, fun with another friend, and differences! Another simple read ~ 'The Duck Says'

Craft:  Making a Rocking Duck!
My little one enjoyed making and playing with this  It does require some help. 

Materials that you will need:

  • Two paper plates
  • Washable Orange and yellow paint
  • Smock and paintbrush
  • Tape
  • Tacky glue
  • Wiggly eyes
  • 1 1/2 paper plate
  • 1/2 sheet of white paper
  • pencil
  • Felt - cut a triangular piece that would be big enough for the ducks beak.


1.  Fold one paper plate
(The body of the duck.)
2.  Paint the plate
3.  Wait until it dries.
4.  Cut the second paper plate in half. 
Fold one of the halves.
(This will be the wings on the duck.)
5.  Paint and wait dry.
6.  Tape on top of the body

By:  Vasha Bajaj ~Illustrated by:  Ivan Bates
A nice little book about a mothers' love!

Craft:  Making a Chick

 - 1-2 Yellow puff balls
 - Tacky glue
 - Small Wiggly eyes
 - scissors
 - plastic golf ball
 - small triangular piece of orange felt
 - yellow pain
- white paper
Step 1:   Paint the golf ball.

Step 2:  Glue the yellow pom-poms all over the golf ball.  Set to dry.

Step 3:    Glue the felt on the feet, (felt) nose on the face, and wiggly eyes on.

Step 4:  Have fun!

Read ~ Chick to Hen
            By: Discovery Kids
This book review the chicks life stages from egg to hen.
~ Read:  Duck & Goose
   By:  Tad Hills

~ An adorable story of two friends who go on a journey in order to figure out something.  Duck & Goose are just two funny little characters that make reading enjoyable!

Chick Walk!

1.              2 (Two) Paper Plates

2.            Markers or crayons

3.            Scissors

4.            2 (Two) Brads

5.            1 (One) large wiggly eye

6.            Tacky glue

Step 1:
On the plates outline, color, and cut out the circles.  Make one circle bigger than the other.  

Step 2:
On the second plate draw four feet connected. (Does not have to be perfect!)

Step 3

Cut out the yellow circle from the first plate. Use the left over plate pieces for the wings.  (Shape them – rounded at the bottom and pointed at the top)

Step 4-- Color the circles, add the fasteners, glue the wings, beak, and wiggly eye, and finally tape the straws.

Math ~ Graphing!

I love using manipulatives when teaching various math concepts.  I have had the pleasure of witnessing the growth and ‘a ha’ moments come alive within so many little ones!  They essentially are educating and developing knowledge through visual stimulation.  Something in which creates a stronger sense of understanding, expansion of knowledge, and an overall lasting impression.  

Common Core:
CCSS.Math.Content.1.MD.C. :  4 Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.

~ Fun
~ Imaginative
~ Learning through the eyes of a child!

I thought that this photo was cute!  My little guy set the lesson up in order to graph!

First we read all of the words and placed the animals accordingly.

We counted all of the animals one by one and then, graphed.  Example – counted all of the cows then, graphed. 

Next – we discussed which one had more, less, and equal.

   ~Read 'Nibble Nibble' by Margaret Wise Brown and 'You're My Little Bunny' by Claire Freedmon

Both are wonderful illustrated books that demonstrate softness and whimsical  bunnies.


Sponge paint~
I find that allowing a child to be creative and artistic within their own personal fashion sparks interest, independence, and yes, imagination! 

Language Arts & Writing! 'Barn Booklet'
Common Core:

Print Concepts

          This part of the unit clearly focused on reading the appropriate books and writing.  To explain, we read stories that fit the topic of the day.  Meaning, if we were talking and learning about horses...we then, wrote our sentence about horses verses doing the entire 'Barn Booklet' together. 
          Furthermore, it must be known that I was able to find a 'barn' template online at abcteach.  However, I made the lesson that surrounded the topic... such as found pictures, books of the animals, and so forth. 


          Common Core:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

          More fun books to include within the unit! All enjoyable, interesting, and loving.  My personal favorite out of this group was and still is...'Going to Sleep on the Farm'.  It reminded me of my little guy due to that he asks a lot of questions about everything.

          I hope that you enjoyed the entire ~Farm Unit~ as much as I enjoyed completed everything with my little guy!

          NOTE: ALL projects were personal projects from Creative Little Apples!  All of the ideas/projects/thoughts were original.  *Unless - noted.  Specifically speaking - 'the Barn Template.'

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