This month at Grandview, we did a recap of what we have learned in animal classification. Over the last several months we have covered: mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. It was a lot of information to cover, so we did a little review of why each animal is classified in those categories. We also talked about habitats and what things animals need to have in a habitat.
For a fun hands on project to help the children remember everything they have learned, they each made their own habitats. They created dioramas that had to have one of each of the animal types we have covered in their habitat. We used boxes for the dioramas and had tons of different craft supplies available so the children could be free to create their animal out of just about anything and make it as easy or complicated as they wanted to. They came up with some great ideas and the dioramas turned out great!
Our artist of the month was Grandma Moses. We looked at several of her works and discussed them. Then it was time for the children to create their own artwork. They could use watercolors, construction paper, crayons, colored pencils, or all of the above. The children came up with some interesting artwork, not at all what I expected them to do. I expected them to do a scene similar to Grandma Moses's work but nope. We had cats, chickens with submarines, school buses, and other various artwork. They were very creative though!