This activity is suited for children ages 5 and up
With the beginning of our official homeschooling year approaching, we’ve been dabbling in different methods of learning to see what works for us well and what doesn’t.
This activity was inspired by our gorgeous SafariLtd Gray Whale.
Jude noticed its “teeth” were not the same as some of our other whales and after I told him the little I knew about balleen, he wanted to know more.
The following day, we started with a few YouTube videos explaining the differences between baleen and toothed whales.
After we chatted about what interested him about the videos, we moved on to our Baleen three part Montessori Cards from Trillium Montessori.
You can sign up to her resource site to download these cards for free here: Parts of a Baleen Whale
Jude is almost 6 and is a bit ahead in reading so for the most part, he was able to sound out the cards with a little help from me, and place them underneath the corresponding highlighted photo cards.
After this, I asked if he’d like to practice a little more, and he did.
I pulled out a printed sheet of the Humpback Whale Label Diagram that I had created the night before, and I stood nearby in case he needed me to help with pronunciations of the words again.
This sheet turned out to be really great because it includes spelling, and reading practice, as well as introducing labeling in a fun way. He could have also colored it afterwards if he wanted!
After the label sheet, he didn’t care to do the last themed activity I had planned for him, which was to use the Name cards and draw his own whale.
We ended up doing this project the following day. The cards were used to guide him on which parts he needed to label, and to help the spelling of the parts.
You can find the Free Printable Name Cards Here
As well as the Humpback Whale Label Diagram here
This was such a fun and rewarding activity, and really highlighted his strong areas (art, spelling, and reading). With his perfectionism and frustration being something that he struggles with daily, I am so happy when he can walk away from a project with a great sense of pride. Bonus- we get to check off a few subjects for the day!