Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Night of the Moonjellies

We spent a very fun week with Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha. I scheduled this book to go along with our Swimming Creatures Science Co-op chapter on Cnidarians. While I read the chapter and some other books about jellyfish from the library, the older girls worked on making creatures out of clay for their ocean boxes, and the younger kids played with playdoh. Here's a photo of Mabel's box, which she's been adding to all year.
I didn't get a good photo of Ella's ocean box, but she did made a fun Jellyfish in a Bottle, which was very lifelike.
It was my turn to teach the pre-k/ kindergarten class at co-op. So, of course, I took along my copy of Night of the Moonjellies. We also made a jellyfish craft out of coffee-filters and yarn. Then we went outside to play with our giant jellyfish. I attached tentacles (old ties and pieces of finger-knitting) to our parachute. The kids had so much fun trying to run through the tentacles without getting caught. Parachutes are almost always a hit.
At home, we learned about family businesses and starting our own business. We watched a couple of episodes of Biz Kids, a free kids' show on Amazon Prime about managing, money, finances, and kids who start their own businesses. Then we had fun setting up our own restaurant, The Seaside Grill. We customized a menu using a free printable from Homeschool Share. We added prices and printed out some play money.
We also played some money math games, and played a fun Moonjellies review game also from Homeschool Share. For art, we experimented with oil pastels like Mark Shasha. The top picture is by Gilead (4) and the bottom is by Mabel (8).


  1. What a fun project. The children were very creative. Thanks for sharing.

  2. You are a wonderful teacher. Your children are wonderful scholars with you as their teacher. I love your posts.