Zachary is interested in learning about homes and houses lately. So over the Christmas holidays, we used several items to explore and learn.
Here’s what we covered:
We explored all the different rooms a home might have and their proper vocabulary. And then we created a layout of a house using these gorgeous House wallet cards. Zach brought in a car and some Lego folks because … why not?
Learning the nomenclature of different types of houses in the world. We briefly discussed where or which biome we might find these houses.
We created a 3-dimensional yurt, brick house and tipi.
We doodled in some fun drawing prompts. I love drawing prompts and doodling; I think they are an inexpensive and simple way to consolidate and solidify children’s learning, language and is an overall great way for them to express their thoughts. If you join in the doodling, you’ll be amazed at how much they know and also how much they don’t yet know, then you can easily fill in the gaps in learning. Here’s a previous post on how to enable your child to doodle.
We pieced together a giant floor puzzle of a dollhouse and labeled the rooms. In the photo below, Zach has labeled the “kich’in” (kitchen). I don’t know why he added an apostrophe, I think he was just being silly! The boys also learned the difference between an attic and a basement. We have a basement in our house, but the boys never knew what an attic was. They were absolutely amazed when I showed them the little door on the ceiling that leads to our unfinished attic. It’s unfortunate that it’s filled with insulation so it’s quite unsafe, but otherwise would have been a really fun trip up in there.
These are our favourite books on homes and houses which we have read over and over again: Home by Carson Ellis, Building Our House by Jonathan Bean (gorgeous and excellent book), and Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty (this one was really amusing to Zach!)