Sorry the blog has been quiet lately. Not only has school started for myself and the kids, but our show has entered the final push for performance. We’re doing “To Kill a Mockingbird”, with Miss Adventure playing Scout, Mr. Curiosity playing Jem, and I am the narrator, Jean Louise (Scout all grown up). Opening night is Friday!! We’ve really enjoyed the experience, but we’re also starting to get tired of being out every evening. Good thing it’s almost done, but we have a full week of rehearsals before two performances this weekend. No promises how many posts I’ll get up this week. But, while I’m waiting to leave for my hockey game, I thought I’d put up the resources we’ve been using in our first topic of the year – biomes.
Miss Adventure has been reading Earth’s Biomes by Donna Latham. The book is full of lovely pictures and information in short paragraphs surrounded by colorful graphics. The author covers all five of the biomes, including comparing some specific types like a tropical rain forest vs. a temperate deciduous forest.
Mr. Curiosity, on the other hand, has decided to step up his level of reading. He’s been using Biomes of Earth: Terrestrial, Aquatic, and Human-Dominated by Susan Woodward. This book is more like a textbook. After introducing each biome, the author went into more detail on each biome. She covered characteristics of that biome’s climate, vegetation, soils, and animal life and then talk about specific examples of that biome.
To emphasize the variety of life on Earth, I’ve also had the kids watch episodes of the BBC show Planet Earth. This is an absolutely gorgeous documentary series that covers everything from the deep-sea to deserts, mountains to caves. It shows off the amazing scenery and animals we can find throughout the various ecosystems on Earth. If you’ve never watched the series, do yourself a favor and find a copy. As a bonus, it’s streaming on Netflix!
The kids have also been drawing pictures of each of the biomes, and we plan to make Venn diagrams of characteristics of each biome to see how they interact.
And, those are the resources we’ve been using as we learn about biomes. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up