Early Girlie Homeschool

April Lesson Plans {Kindergarten}

Eggs have a vital and symbolic place in our world. We will be studying chicken eggs, from farm to table. In the kitchen, we will review ways to prepare eggs. We will examine other bird eggs as well.

Arts & Culture: Passover and Easter. Pysanka (Ukrainian eggs) & wax resist. Traditional Polish Krashanky (eggs dyed in one natural color). Malyovanky (paint brushed eggs). Nakleyanky (gluing decoration onto surface of egg). Peter Carl FabergĂ© created elaborately jeweled eggs for the wife of Russian Tsar Alexander III. The inspiration was an egg that captivated her imagination as a child. 

Rabbits are another animal associated with Spring in the U.S.A. They symbolize youthful energy, still quietude, and a gentle nature. We will be able to study the rabbits in our backyard, and observe what they eat. In Japanese folklore, rabbits live on the moon where they make mochi (spongy rice cake). Mochi is one of my favorite hand-made snacks to eat. I usually make red bean paste ones, so we will need to take a trip to our Asian specialty markets.

The Spring seasonal change is a great opportunity to study meteorology (the study of atmosphere & weather). Spring brings our rainy, windy season. We will study precipitation and wind, extending our weather studies into May. Using droppers, watercolors, and photographs will be a fun way to discover that contrary to popular symbols, rain drops are not all tear-shaped! 

In Math, we will study groupings of 12 (dozen). The concept of "a baker's dozen" (13) has been used as a way to ensure that 12 intact items are offered to a consumer. This allows a buffer for one that was dropped, burnt, or taste-tested. I'm sure we'll be baking muffins and cupcakes to test our Kindergarten math skills! There may be an Easter Egg Hunt involved.

U.S. History - Kansas State (sunflower state). Midwest. Great central plain (flat). Wind.  Wichita is a major manufacturing center for the aircraft industry.

This brings us to studying the inventors and engineers of aeronautics. Leonardo da Vinci's sketchbooks demonstrate ways he envisioned our ability to fly long before it would be possible!

The scientific process typically begins with an idea someone wants to test. We will be paying close attention to our ideas, hypothesis, and looking at ways to test our theories.

Pop culture: "We're not in Kansas anymore" refers to feeling out of one's element in a completely new situation - and was a line we recognize from the famous 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and the 2003 musical Wicked: The Untold Stories of the Witches of Oz.

Precipitation: Clouds, Wind, Rain

Viewing, photographing and watercolor studies.


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