This week we went back to a science theme – animal habitats for kids with The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that this is my girls’ very favorite book. They even had a Gruffalo themed birthday party, so bringing it into our homeschool was a huge hit. This post contains affiliate links.
I found this adorable story wheel at Learning Parade (the link to the printable is under The Learning Parade’s freebies tab). The girls had fun coloring in the characters, sequencing them and then using their wheels to help retell the story. This year we’ve been talking more about authors and illustrators. Since Julia Donaldson is by far my girls favorite author, I was really excited to find this YouTube clip where she meets a class of students and shares some of the rhymes that didn’t make it into The Gruffalo. There is also a surprise visit and sing along with the Gruffalo himself!
We watched The Magic School Bus“Hops Home” episode about a frog habitat and then found each of the of animal habitats in The Gruffalo. We also watched a couple of Sesame Street clips on YouTube:
Then we went on a habitat walk and enjoyed exploring the many habitats near our home and made the connection between the environment and the various birds, insects and animals that use it.
Here Boo is getting a close look at a termite mound. This is just the beginning. They can grow to several meters tall and live for many years.
Kooks lost interest in the walk fairly early on but she has spent a lot of time exploring the river habitat in front of our home this week and really every week since we arrived.
Arts and Crafts:
I realized that we hadn’t made playdough at our new home yet and my girls love their playdough so we whipped up a batch and used it to make our own Gruffalos. We had the “create your own Gruffalo packs” left over from the girls’ birthday party (you can see how to make them here) and we added in some rice and pasta for teeth, horns and tusks like we saw over at The Imagination Tree.
Song of the Week:
The song of the week was of course “The Gruffalo Song.” Julia Donaldson and the Gruffalo sing it together in the clip I mentioned above but you can also find just the song on YouTube.
- Have a Gruffalo Scavenger Hunt as a playful way to sequence the story
- Enjoy some Gruffalo themed food
- Make a Gruffalo Piñata
- Watch The Gruffalo movie
- The Educators’ Spin On It also has a terrific list of Gruffalo Themed Activities
- And Next Comes L has a really cool Gruffalo sensory bin
This year we are devoting more time to planned activities than last year. We have a routine that we go through each morning before reading our book of the week and we are doing math and music sessions that are not related to our book a week activities – I hope to write more about them soon. Boo and I are also getting more serious about working on reading.
What is your child’s favorite book at the moment?