Homeschooling preschoolers and kindergarteners with Montessori project-based sensory invitations to learn kids activities about sea turtle lifecycle and the difference between land tortoise.
What preschooler or kindergartener would not wish to learn about these amazing reptiles? Turtles are fascinating! These magnificent creatures come in all shapes and sizes, living in a number of different environments. From slow-moving giant land-dwelling tortoises to snappy terrapins basking in fresh-water lagoons! And what about sea turtles who travel unimaginable distances to return to the birth sight to lay eggs. Did you know that sea turtles almost always return to the same beach to lay their eggs? In fact, these egg-laying sites are often very far from the feeding areas. in fact, the female turtle has to travel several hundred kilometers in the ocean with no visual landmarks! So, let’s get right into it with project-based Montessori inspired homeschooling kids activities to learn about the lifecycle and the difference between a tortoise and a sea turtle.
TURTLE HOMESCHOOL KIDS ACTIVITIES
LIFE CYCLE OF A SEA TURTLE
Children are excited to learn about turtles with Sea Turtles by books.
Sensory play is extremely important for children since from birth till about five-six years of age, children have a very sensorial relationship with their world! In fact, during these formative years, they most effectively perceive the information through senses such as sight and touch. So, make learning hands-on, I set this sensory bin invitation to play and learn from cereal, dyed blue rice, and marbles. (On the bottom of the tray, laid felts to represent land vs sea.) We are using this set to learn about the lifecycle of the green turtle.
DYED RICE ~ get a PDF recipe HERE
PARTS OF A SEA TURTLE
Homeschooling Montessori can be fun and engaging with project-driven activities and hands-on invitations! For example, when learning about parts of the sea turtle, offer books (we are reading Sea Turtles book), and figurines children can touch, compare, and feel.
Almost every sea turtle has a shell that is hard and bony for protection. The top is called carapace.
PARTS OF A TORTOISE
After having explored the sea turtle, children are learning about the land turtle, also called a tortoise. Fun Fact: A tortoise does not have any teeth. Carrying its shell on its back, a tortoise can be spotted in hues of brown or green.
A sea turtle can swim as fast as 20 mp, which is four times faster than a human can swim. I know! There are pretty amazing facts you can learn while you homeschool!
SEA TURTLE vs TORTOISE
Lastly, I offered children to make a chart noting the differences they learned about the sea turtle and a tortoise. For Adrian, I drew the pictures and offered him to color them in, and then answer the questions on a chart.
We also read the Amazing Sea Facts book, boasting with beautiful illustrations and interesting facts. We learned that turtles return to the same breeding places called rookeries ~ sometimes swimming more than 1,400 miles ~ to reach the beaches where it lays its eggs. They may even use the very same beach on which they hatched!
I hope you enjoyed Montessori inspired TURTLE HOMESCHOOL KIDS ACTIVITIES! I would love to know which one was your favorite!
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