Prehistory, week 3 (11/2 – 15/2/13)

And back to updating from last term with out prehistory studies.

This week we were very busy learning about the Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian and Carboniferous periods, wow that is a lot!  We learned about the first fish, early ocean life, the first trees and the first land animals; especially amphibians and insects.  Highlights of the week were discovering the size of some of the early insects (they were really HUGE), the girls figuring out how jawless fish must have ate and then racing around the house pretending to be jawless fish sucking up their food lol, and making models of the Carboniferous Period with a friend.

We did 4 timeline lapbook pages this week (although I can only find pics of 3). This timeline is really starting to take shape nicely.

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For our hands on activities this week we made Cooksonia plants (well attempted to at any rate lol) and life size giant dragonflies.

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And finally for our weekly craft session we made Carboniferous Period models, all three girls had a blast doing this.

Under construction:


The finished products, they are very proud of their achievements:


And finally, our baby desperately wanted to join in the activity day too, just too darn cute!


I love homeschooling!


Personal timelines

What started out as a simple idea somehow turned into an entire mini-unit study, oh well, on the plus side we had fun and the girls have timelines of themselves they can keep.  My 4yo especially treasures hers and I am thinking I may need to cover it for protection as she reads and admires it multiple times a day. The 6yo is only half way through hers (so no end result pics yet), guess there are some disadvantages to being older lol.


So here are their prized timelines (obviously I did the one for my 15 month old although she did her own drawing).

Our baby:

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The 4yo

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And last but not least, the 6yo



This started out as an accompaniment to out week 1 studies using Story of the World as an introduction to the concept of a timeline however it evolved into so much more in the end but I am so glad it did, the girls are just thrilled with the results. This project worked great as an introduction to timelines but would be fun as a stand alone project or as part of a learning about me unit.  If anyone wants to make their own timeline I have included a printable here: personal timeline unit  Enjoy!

Prehistory week 2: fossils and the Precambrian and Cambrian Eras

This week was as fun and action packed as the last.  We spent the first half of the week learning what fossils are and how they are formed. Then we proceeded to make our own “imprint fossils” using air dry clay and shells the girls collected themselves from the beach over the weekend. They had a blast and were very proud of their efforts.

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The girls also greatly enjoyed some online games about dinosaur fossils HERE and HERE.

The second half of this week was spent studying the Precambrian and Cambrian eras.  We learned about the first cells, simple organisms, and did some wonderful crafts with a friend for our first weekly history craft day.

Precambrian critters, who knew they were so adorable!

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And little trilobites, just too cute!



Inspiration for these activities came from these two amazing blogs:

Teaching Stars

Satori Smiles

We have also been working hard on a term long project (started last week) which once completed will form a visual timeline of prehistory.  The inspiration (and headings) came from HERE however this is mostly our own creation.  We are doing one lapbook (one side of a manilla folder only) per prehistoric period, 13 sections in all.

Here are the first 3 installments in this epic project:



This is going to look amazing all together!

What a great week we have had, I just love homeschooling!