Monday, June 11, 2018

One Octopus. Eight Concepts.

We are finishing up our unit on the letter 'o', & it has been a lot of fun.  We really seem to enjoy these letter units.  One of the things we learned a lot about with this unit was the ocean.  If you've been following me for a while, you know that I love an art craft that lends to hands-on learning for many topics.  This octopus was just that: one octopus craft with eight different learning concepts.  I WISH that I could say that I purposely planned 8 different concepts to match the 8 octopus legs, but it was a complete accident.  I'm not that clever lolOne Octopus & Eight Content Areas-Life with the HawleysHawley Homeschool
First I drew a half-circle on a sheet of paper with the dots for numbers 1-8 and for the word "octopus" for tracing.  Dutch used his scissors to cut out the octopus and traced the word & numbers.  We practiced the phonetics for all of the letters in octopus & recognizing each letter.  He selected the pipe cleaners he wanted to use, and we made a pattern out of them for the legs.  Using the beads to match the number of legs, he had to count, color sort, & thread the beads onto the pipe cleaners.  To finish, we added some google eyes to our octopus :-)DSC_0312
With this activity we were able to:
practice patterns
handwriting
fine motor skills
phonics
scissor practice
counting
letter recognition
color sortingDSC_0315DSC_0313
This activity was fun, and honestly, it was efficient.  We got a lot of learning & discussion out of a single activity.  That's my kind of learning :-)
xoxo Darby

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