While we are definitely still working out the kinks, we have had a great start to the school year! This week will be Week 4 (I am trying to do my planning and scheduling in 6 week increments). We’ve had two weeks with our Social Studies and Science co-op and its been a great time for all the kids involved. We do our reading before we meet on Wednesdays and then as a group we do hands-on activities – coloring, crafts, experiments, map work, etc.
Week 1 Social Studies – We introduced the study of History and Archaeology. The kids had a dig site set up to find “artifacts.”
Coloring the world map and becoming familiar with locations as we study them is an important part of our lesson.
Week 1 Science – Learning about Solids Liquids and Gases. Melted crayons to form crayon cookies. Kyri showing off her cookie!
We followed up this lesson later in the week by making a full batch of crayon cookies at home.
Week 2 Social Studies – Learning about Prehistoric people. Making “cave paintings” with charcoal and acrylic paints.
Week 2 Science – We introduced dilutions, solutions and mixtures. The kids compared paint that was undiluted versus paint that they diluted with water. Later they mixed sugar and sand (separately) in water to observe the difference between a solution and a mixture.
We’ve only covered two weeks so far, and we are having a lot of fun! This is a great introduction to Social Studies and Science topics for kids at this age.