Welcome to Saturday School, my weekly look into the practical side of homeschooling. Feel free to leave a link in the comment section if you have shared any practical ideas recently! A couple weeks ago, I shared instructions for making a circle book out of paper plates, and Julie of Shanan Trail noted she would probably forget before her children were old enough for that project. So here is one based on the same idea, but for younger children.
Also using paper plates, this simple project is perfect for teaching anything cyclical. My Pre-K kids made these while learning about frog metamorphosis and here, we are learning about the water cycle. With help, even a two year old can participate.
Two paper plates
Coloring sheet(s) of four stages of desired cycle (optional)
1. Divide the paper plates into quarters. Set one aside.
2. Color the cycle worksheet, or draw the steps in order in each quadrant of the paper plate.
3. Cut out each step and glue them in the appropriate quadrant, if using a coloring sheet.
4. Cut one quarter of the second paper plate out.
5. Lay this on top of the other plate. Attach with a brad if desired. It will spin, revealing each stage of the cycle for your child to explain to you.
Nothing revolutionary, but all three of my children enjoy this project.
More practical posts I have noticed:
This was intended for Thanksgiving, but Mom is Teaching’s book idea could be easily adapted for any holiday or event.
Martinzoo is detecting starch in foods.
Maybe not educational, but certainly delicious: Santa pancakes! I wonder how any interesting things children could make with a bowl of berries, pancakes and some whipped cream?
Enjoy your Saturday, and feel free to share any of your practical ideas through a link in the comments.