Friday, 18 November 2016

Penguin Videos

This week's Unit Study Roundup theme is Penguins.  I decided to share a collection of videos on penguins.

This is a really good documentary that we watched on TV.  It's called Spy in the Huddle and a research documentary team made penguin that had a spy cam inside of it.and so it gives viewers a penguin's eye view of life in the huddle of a penguin.  I hope that you enjoy watching  Penguins- Spy in the Huddle  This is the full length show.  It is nearly 50 minutes long.

Here is a collection of funny and cute penguin videos because it is always fun to watch animals doing funny and cute things :-)

Watch this adorable penguin called  Cookie who is a resident at the Cincinnati Zoo. :-)

This is a five minute segment about Emperor Penguins which is part of a longer documentary which was shot and edited for Lindblad Expeditions (

And of course no collection of penguin videos would be complete without including a link to my favourite penguin, Pingu!  Follow this link to go to Pingu's official YouTube channel:

Enjoy :-)

Don't forget to read everyone else's blog posts on penguins for this week's Unit Study Roundup:

Easy Penguin Craft for Kids from Playdough and Popsicles

Penguin Craft for Kids from Look! We're Learning!

Children's Books about Penguins from The Jenny Evolution

App about Penguin Lifecycle from iGameMom

Penguin High Frequency Words from Adventures of Adam

Do you want to make a Penguin? from Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading

Penguin Activities: Penguin Dress Up from Schooling a Monkey

Penguin Videos from Tales of Education at Home

Slippery Penguin Ice Experiment from CraftCreateCalm

Penguin Books for Kids & Activities {Printable Notebooking Pages} from The Natural Homeschool

Friday, 11 November 2016

Making a Mountain Out of A Mole Hill

This week's Unit Study Roundup theme is Mountains.  We decided to make a mountain out of a molehill!  How does that work?

For our Science lesson, DD decided that she wanted to do the volcano experiment.  She made a simple mountain to use for experiment.

To make the mountain, she gathered up her supplies which were:

1) paint
2) a paper towel tube
3) a flat piece of cardboard
4) tape

She painted the mountain to look like the volcano had erupted and made orange paint.  She taped the cardboard to the flat piece of cardboard and then painted it.

She painted the flat piece of cardboard green and painted a blue stream or river on it.  She ended up not wanting to use it for the volcano experiment because it was so cute and it would get ruined.

Here is the finished product:

Aerial view :-) 

Side or profile view :-) 

Now for the molehill :-)

There is an expression that we use quite often.  We speak of making a mountain out of a molehill.  That means that you make a really big problem out of something that is really simple and small.

How many other expressions or proverbs can you find or think of with mountains in them?

I found a few and their meanings:

Have a mountain to climb
To have an extremely difficult, seemingly impossible task at hand.

Have snow on the mountain (also snow on the mountain - There is a lot of snow on the mountain)
To have silver, grey, or white hair on one's head due to aging.

Faith will move mountains.
Proverb. If you believe in what you are doing, you can overcome any obstacle.

If Mohammed will not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed.
something that you say which means that if someone will not come to you, you have to go to them

If you find any more, please comment and share them along with their meanings below :-)

Here are the other blog posts from this week's Unit Study Roundup:

Adventurous Mountain Books your Tween will Love from Crafty Mama in ME

Mountain Shape Do a Dot Mats from Look! We're Learning!

Children's Picture Books About Camping from The Jenny Evolution

Mountain Sequencing Puzzle from Schooling a Monkey

Making a Mountain Out of A Mole Hill from Tales Of Education At Home

My Side of the Mountain Survival Lessons from FrogMom

Friday, 4 November 2016

A Bird In The Hand

A robin in a tree at an historical site in England

This week the Unit Study Roundup theme is birds.  I decided to look into the proverb 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush'.    What does it mean? According to it means this:


It's better to have a lesser but certain advantage than the possibility of a greater one that may come to nothing.
 This ties in nicely with the idea of Thanksgiving and being thankful for what you have.  Where does this proverb come from?

This proverb refers back to mediaeval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).

In the the Czech language, it is  'Lepsi vrabec v hrsti nez holub na strese'  which translates to 'A sparrow in the fist is better than a pigeon on the roof. '  I quite like that one!

The German equivalent is the same: " Besser den Spatz in der Hand als die Taube auf dem Dach."

In French they say, "Un tiens vaut mieux que deux que tu l'auras." and this literally translates to: one that you hold is better than two that you will have.

In Spanish they say: Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando -  which literally translates to A bird in hand is worth more than 100 flying.

The Dutch saying is: Een vogel in de hand dan tien in de bush

What is your favourite bird?  I used to have a pet budgerigar (a budgie) and she was so tame.  She did not speak though because only the males speak.  I was so disappointed when I found that out.  I learned this AFTER I had her home.  We loved her so much.  She had free run of our apartment until we got a cat.  Then, she had to stay in the bathroom with the door closed for her own safety.  I only put her in her cage at night during the day she could go where she wanted.

A bird is a nice easy pet to look after.  I put newspaper in the bottom of her cage and had to change that weekly (as well as disinfect the cage bottom).  I fed her bird seed and made sure she had fresh water in the cage.  I also hand fed her lettuce leaves and other carrot shavings/peelings.  I would clean and peel the carrot and then use the carrot peeler to peel some more carrot off and I gave her those to eat.

This is an interesting proverb or pearl of wisdom.  Next week the theme will be mountains, and I will explore some other proverbs and what they mean. There might even be a craft for you to make with your child.

Take a look at the other links from the other bloggers in the Unit Study Roundup.

Bird Letter Matching Printable Pack from Playdough and Popsicles

Owl Books for Kids from Look! We're Learning!

Birds of Prey Books from Brain Power Boy

Children's Picture Books about Birds from The Jenny Evolution

Bird Identification Apps from iGameMom

Bird Unit Printable from CraftCreateCalm

Birds Nest Loose Parts Invitation from My Storytime Corner

Red Bird Multiplication Worksheet from Schooling a Monkey

A Bird in the Hand from Tales of Education at Home

Perfect Gifts for Young Bird Lovers from FrogMom