We successfully finished our Planes "Wings Around the Globe" Geography Rally a few weeks ago. Before we were even entirely done, though, the Kid was asking me, "What are we doing next?"
In the end I picked three of his interests and gave him a choice: dinosaurs, super heroes, or space. He picked dinosaurs, which thrilled my heart, actually, because DINOVEMBER, y'all!
One thing I learned from the Planes adventure was that this works better when you plan ahead. In order to make this home-learning thing economical we're relying on our library a lot, but you have to request books at least a few weeks earlier than you actually need them.
To that end, I've divided our dinosaurs, activities, and books into four weeks, with all the materials pre-stashed in four separate grocery sacks. (Currently stuffed under Little Miss's crib, just in case you were picturing elementary-school-teacher levels of organization.) That way, when it's time to start a new week all I have to do is pull out my pre-numbered bag.
But what's in those bags? So glad you asked!
1. Two or three toy dinosaurs. Some are our old dinosaurs from last year, but I got a few new ones, too. (This place was one of the cheapest I found for species-specific dinos, but Ebay had some decent deals, too.)
The plan is to identify the dinosaurs using the handy-dandy "field guide" I put together, so we can learn their names, dietary habits (herbivore or carnivore), and what part of the world they lived in. The "field guide" (pictured above) is just a ring book full of laminated photos of our dinos with their relevant information written on the back. I also got some stickers, so that we can put the dinosaurs on our world map.
2. Three to four books and/or movies about dinosaurs from the library. Each week has two completely for-fun picture books, and two books about the specific species of dinosaur that we're working on learning about that week.
3. Each week will also include one activity, for example, for week one we're making cookies with dinosaur "fossil" imprints, week two is a trip to the Natural History Museum, etc.
November is the very best month. That is all.