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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Horse is a Horse...Of Course!

Several months back we watched the movie "Secretariat" and that really peaked the kids interest in horses.  I am a big advocate for interest based learning whenever possible.  SO, I went about hunting up resources for a unit study.  I purchased a few resources which , if you know me, is uncharacteristic.  I am a tight wad and don't usually buy things unless I have to.  However, life taking the turn it has and a few more years on in the age department, I have become more disposed to coughing up money to save me time on planning.

Amanda Bennet's Unit Study on Horses is wonderful and at under $11 for an instant download, it's a great frugal resource.  Very thorough and meticulously planned out, she is a life saver.  I will be purchasing more of her products in the future.
I also bought this lapbook kit from In the Hands of a Child.  I still made some homemade lapbooking elements for our notebooks to cover topics the project pack didn't.  I'll be posting pictures here and there as we complete them.  I don't plan on covering everything in these two resources, but still the investment was well made to use what I will out of them.  To save on time, I will post what we covered on a daily basis (or every 2 days) , the resources used and activities we've done.

My hope is that you can glean inspiration or find useful resoures in all my homeschool related posts and this one is no different.

 This is the notebooking page I made.  However, I have tweaked it and if you scroll down, you can get it for free!  My gift to you!  We covered the Andalusia and Icelandic Horses Today.
 I printed each of the kids a large world map from Owl and Mouse.  As we study the different breeds, we will paste pictures of them in the general location where they originated.  We will also be marking them on our large wall map.  These maps will go in the pocket of their Horse Notebook.
This was one of those fun splurges my kids say I NEVER make.  A 4D anatomical model of a horse and it's "inerds"  LOL.  I got this one off of Amazon.  But let me tell you, it looked alot easier to assemble than it actually was, but once we put it together once time, the kids have each assembled it many times on their own.  Except for Tyler...he'd try to eat the kidneys or some such nonsense.

FREEBIE ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have never used Homeschool Launch before or tried sharing a PDF, so I hope this works!
I am linking to a free download of the new improved horse breed notebooking page!

Ok, that's it for now...will be posting much much more as the study progresses!  Have a blessed day!