Thursday, January 13, 2011

For the Birds ~ Book and Activities for the Week of January 17th

We will only have school Tuesday through Thursday next week, because my public school children will be off Monday for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. And, we have Coop on Friday, so none of our activities will be done then.

Next week we will be reading the book Owl Babies written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson.

The bay owls came out of their house, and they sat on the tree and waited. A big branch for Sarah, a small branch for Percy, and an old piece of ivy for Bill. When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations from unique and striking perspectives capture the owls as they worry about their mother: What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Not surprisingly, a joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets her return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.

Our activity ideas for this book are mostly coming from Homeschool Share. You can find the link to all things Owl Babies here. And this is what we are doing each day.

Tuesday ~ Listen to owl sounds and watch videos, and learn facts about owls at All About Birds. Then we will complete a coloring sheet found here. And we will make owl cookies found here.

Wednesday ~ Complete a Lapbook, with all free downloads found here. We will put the following things in our Lapbook:
  • Counting poem
  • Owls eat flap book
  • Nest simple fold
  • Owl facts flap book
  • Poems and songs
Thursday ~ For fine motor skills I will print an owl lacing card found here, attach it to cardstock and punch holes around it for her to sew.

Then she will complete the owl craft found here under Arts and Crafts.

We will have a busy and fun-filled three days. Tomorrow I will post the results of the activities we did this week while reading Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

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