We started this week out by reading some Dinosaur Books. (Click on the link for my "official" reviews, links and recaps)
This in itself was harder than one would think (or maybe not) as there are very few books that do not talk about dinosaurs from a creation stand-point. I was surprised by how many books not only had an evolution starting point, but would go n-an-on about it throughout the book, making some of the books impostsible to incorporate into our studies.
The primary source of our study came from the book "What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs" this book is soooo good! I highly recommend it not only for a dinosaur study but just to have as part of your home library.
We had a couple Dinosaur DVDs on hand that we watched. They were only so-so, I think in a couple years Treyton will get more out of them. Not that he didn't get anything from them, but he certainly could have gotten more.
(Here are the kids and dad watching a dinosaur movie)"Dinosaurs, Genesis and the Gospel" the speaker in this one talked really fast, it could have been much better if he would have slown down a little bit, but the message was good.
"T.R.U.T.H About Dinosaurs"
Our studies centered mostly around discussion, reading books and our lapbook - so I am just going to attach the links to the lapbook pieces we used and explain how we did them, what worked for us.
On-Line videos I really thought these were cute, Treyton watched 2 or 3 of them and seemed to enjoy them. But then again he LOVES watching videos on the computer (regardless of what they are :))
Creation Booklet I started out writing down what God made on each day but then we realized that Treyton could draw it instead. We both liked this alot better - he drew flowers for day 3, sun and moon for day 5 (I drew a start), fish for day 5 (I drew a little bird), and a snake and people on day 6. On the flap of the book I drew a little dinosaur and Treyton wrote the number 6 to remind us that God made the dinosaurs on day 6.
We briefly talked about Reptiles Treyton wasn't really interested in what reptiles are or the fact that dinosaurs were one, but we still went ahead and put the t-book together.
Treyton did understand the egg-laying part of reptiles/dinosaurs. So we pretty much just focused on that. We had a great book, which was actually a gift to Treyton from a while ago, called "Dinosaur Babies" which we read. We then cut out an egg shape and wrote down what we learned on it to put in our lapbook. Treyton remembered right away that they covered them up with grass (instead of sitting on them) to keep them warm and that some of them were as big as a football. We couldn't help but get a football out while we were reading the book to illustrate exactly how big dinosaur eggs could get and I think this really helped Treyton remember.
We discussed Dinosaur diets, Treyton loves the T-Rex and the fact that he ate other animals and dinosaurs (I know, typical boy I guess). We had such an awesome discussion about the fall, sin and the affect of sin on the world (not just in the dinosaur diet but all of life). The book "What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs" book was a key part of our discussion.
This was one of our favorite projects - I added stickers or clipart to the chart so that Treyton could "see" the dinosaur we were talking about - we measured out different dinosaurs and put them on the graph. One of the dinosaurs was only 6 feet tall, I told Treyton "This dinosaur is only as tall as Daddy" that got Treyton going, so we ended up adding another graph to our lapbook with the heights of our family members.
In addition to this we measured out with yarn the length of a T-Rex (40 feet) and a Triceratops (30 feet). Both of the kids got a kick out of this - theses are our yarns attached to cards so that we can keep track of which is which.
What Happened to the Dinosaur Wheel
Here are some pictures of our finished lapbook:
My Dinosaur Book:
One of my favorite things that we did was make our very own "My Dinosaur Book". We took a different Dinosaur each day and made a page on them. Treyton would color a picture and glue it into the book, we would read a book on the dinosaur (or several) and then I would have Treyton tell me what he learned about that dinosaur (I would write it down in his book).
Alphabet Worksheet we printed off some dinosaur letter tracing sheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler, but there are lots more of great printables there!!
PreKinders Dinosaur Unit Lots of cute printables, ideas and experiments to try.
1+1+1=1 Dinosaur Unit
We made a stegosaurus craft out of a paper plates (I forgot to take a picture of it) but we found got the idea from My Family My Forever and tweeked it a little bit.
We made a fossil page which we added to our lapbook. This was a fun craft for Treyton - we don't usually use Elmer's glue so Treyton really enjoys it when we do. ;)
We added an item to our wall time-line representing when the first Dinosaur bone was found and the name "Dinosaur" was created, in 1841.