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Our Arctic Adventures Part 1

Winter is upon us or so we hear them say for all the states above us. Living in Florida leaves us with 12 months of warm weather. It’s November, and its currently above 80 degrees outside almost every single say. So we are bring winter into our home by learning about the Arctic.

With our plans to move to Michigan in the very near future, we felt it was time to learn about the different climates around the world. Since it is almost time for winter, or what us Floridan’s call winter. We decided to start with the Arctic and Chief is super excited.

Making Snow Slime

Recently I read a homeschooling blog Side by Side Learning, where they have climate themed workboxes. I thought this sounded super fun, but I wanted to put my own spin on it. We currently have our classroom set up Montessori style. We have trays and baskets each containing their own separate work. Chief has the option to choose whichever work he would like to do, and he completes it until he is finished.

This week we started our with our new work, Arctic snow slime.  It is pretty cool, and very simple to make. We used the recipe from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. To go along with our snow slime I purchased the Arctic toob collection from Hobby Lobby, plus side is you can use a 40% off coupon! If you order online don’t forget to use ebates(affiliated link), this will give you an additional 2% cash back on your order.

After making our snow slime, Chief experimented with putting his arctic animals in the snow and seeing their tracks. This activity kept him entertained for about 30 minutes as he looked at the tracks in the snow, he made a little story about the whales and the wolves, and just had fun.

After Chief was done exploring this new work, we added it to a tray on his work shelves so that he can work with it as he chooses.

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Arctic Toob Animals

This weekend I will be photographing our Arctic toob animals on a white background and printing out cards for matching. I will also be creating flashcards with animal tracks once Chief because more familiar with each Arctic animal. He will then be able to match each animals based on the track marks they leave in our snow slime.

Safari Toob collections are one of my most favorite tools to bring into the classroom. They offer such an amazing variety, for just about any topic. I love that these collections are very life like, and not cartoonish at all. This helps with being able to distinguish these animals, people, places, plants, etc. in person. The Safari website also has a lot of information regarding the items in their collections.

Future Arctic Studies

Our work with the Arctic climate will last us several week, most likely through January. We will be adding additional adventures, projects and activities as the time goes on. So make sure to come back and read up on what we have learned.

Please feel free to comment with any arctic adventures you have taken with your family.