Right now in our homeschool we are doing allot of interest based learning. Our interests has us excited about the solar system, butterflies and jump roping.
Solar System - We have the CD for They Might Be Giants, "Science is Real." The song about the solar system inspired the kids to make the solar system diorama that you saw in Chicks in Space from an earlier post. The diorama launched us into a homeschool unit about the solar system. Right now we are watching videos about each planet individually from our Youtube Solar System Playlist. The list will grow as we learn about each planet. When we find the box with the printer (hopefully soon) we will make these solar system books: The Planets of our Solar System Book, A Printable Book for Fluent Readers and Our Solar System Book, A Printable Book for Early Readers. Other great solar system resources are Solar System Learning Activities and All About Space, Table of Contents. As we learn about each planet we put a wall sticker for each planet on Curious's wall, and we color in the planet on a solar system map.
Butterflies - The interest in butterflies was sparked when we saw some pretty butterfly wall stickers at Honks. I tried to look up each different butterfly on the stickers and then learned there are way too many butterflies and it was impossiable to find the right one. So instead we are learning about the butterflies on the stickers based on features. The first day we learned about the Painted Lady butterfly (coloring page, life cycle simple and life cycle book) and Swallow Tail butterflies (like the Tiger Swallowtail, Ulysses Butterfly and Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly) then today we learned about the Blue Morpho butterfly, tomorrow we will learn about the Peacock butterfly, then I think next we will learn about Fritallaries, who knows what after that. Each video we watch about butterflies is being saved in our Youtube Butterfly Playlist. After each day of learning about butterflies the girls get to each put a butterfly sticker up on their wall that most resembles what we have learned about. More wonderful butterfly resources are Butterfly and Moth Printouts. Other butterflies of interest are the Monarch, Oregon Silverspot Butterfly, Zebra Longwing Butterfly and the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly. Also of interest are moths like the Luna Moth, Jumping Bean Moth and Silkworm Moth. And finally don't forget to learn about caterpillars (Label the Caterpillar Diagram and Caterpillar Anatomy) like the Woolly Bear Caterpillar. The kids have their eyes on a butterfly kit where you can watch the butterfly grow.