Inspired by the movie "Mr.Popper's Penguins,"we did a mini unit study comparing Antarctica the continent to The Arctic waters of the Northern Hemisphere. It was a great way to memorize a continent, study the difference in animal life and compare and contrast the North and South Polar regions. We started with a printed unit study that I found at Pocket Watch Games. Using this as my base I picked up some craft and station ideas over at Living Montessori Now. We made marshmallow igloos which I somehow forgot to take pictures of and we compared shaved ice and water under the microscope.
We had sensory stations including finger writing in salt "snow."
Another sensory station involved glass stones and sea life of Antarctica.
Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.
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