Thursday, September 30, 2010

(Part 2 of 2)

So, here are the photos from our second half of the school day.  (Yo Gabba Gabba was a nice break for both of us!)

Working on her stop sign craft ...
 Playing 'Red Light, Green Light' with her signs ...
 Making a crayon rubbing of Mommy's license plate after learning about license plates ...
 Pointing to where we live on the map ...
 Making a map of Maggie's wagon ride route.  Here, she's adding the wagon.
 Maggie and Daddy on the map. 
 Our house, with the stop sign in the front, her slide in the back, and Fudge in 'Mickey' Potts' yard!
 Using her matchbox cards on the roads ...

 (She wanted me drawn in the front yard, waving to her and Daddy.)
 She insisted that a Robot be drawn in front of Vivian's house (after she colored me yellow)!

The rundown for today:
1.  We went to the Toddler Time story time at the Columbus Library where we learned about opposites.
Letter 'E':
1.  We did the 'E' page of our letter book.
1.  We read Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell.
2.  We read Animals in Fall by Martha E. H. Rustad.
3.  We read The Very Best Pumpkin by Mark Kimball Moulton.
4.  We read Up, Up, Up!  It's Apple-Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro.
5.  We made a hand-stamped fall tree with a print of the side of our hands as the trunks and fingerprints as the fall leaves.
6.  We did a leaf lace-up card.
7.  We made 'Aut-Yum Leaves' (a leaf snack).
Transportation (Cars, Trucks, and Traffic Signs and Symbols):
1.  We read Things That Go (a Lift-the-Flap book).
2.  We read Mama and Me and the Model T by Faye Gibbons.
3.  We read Trucking Across America by Michael Teitelbaum.
4.  We read Truck Driver Tom by Monica Wellington.
5.  We read Truck Duck by Michael Rex.
6.  We watched the Barney: Fun on Wheels DVD that we borrowed from Netflix.
7.  We read the poem, 'Traffic Light' by Shel Silverstein in his Where the Sidewalk Ends (page 121).
8.  We made a Paper Plate Stop Sign.
9.  We played 'Red Light, Green Light' with small red and green signs.
10.  We did crayon rubbings of the license plate on our car.
11.  We looked at some maps, then made one together, of her wagon route, using her matchbox cars on the roads we made.

Tomorrow is our last day to study the letter 'E' and fall, but we continue our transportation theme with a focus on buses, and we start a study of the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, in time to see the production of it next week at The River Center!  See you again tomorrow!

(Part 1 of 2)

Maggie's favorite moment of today was finding the Yo Gabba Gabba Halloween DVD at the library.  Of course, it came home with us, and she's watching it now, which means this post might actually be more coherent than is typical.  Our day is not over, but we decided to take a break, and her suggestion was to pop in the DVD, so I am writing today's activities in two parts.  This is part one, during the intermission that is Yo Gabba Gabba.

Here are some photos of today's projects thus far:

Her 'E' page of her letter book ...
 Her leaf lace-up card.  This is her first lace-up activity ever, and she was quite good at it!
 She wanted to hang it on her bedroom door.
 Making fall trees with the sides of our open hands as the trunks and our fingerprints as the tree's leaves ...
 It's fall at the Sapp household!  I had to take this photo of Maggie working on her fall painting, with her 3D fall tree model on the table, the leaf garland that we hung on our light fixture, and the 'stained glass' leaf she made hanging on our back door.
 Making a fall leaf snack ...
 After preparing her surface, she's rolling out the dough ...
 Cutting leaf shapes out of the dough ...
 Peanut butter chips!
 And mini chocolate chips!
 All wrapped up in little leaf envelopes ...
 And baked until golden ...

So, that wraps up the photos for the first half of our day.  After Yo Gabba Gabba is over, we've got quite a few transportation activities planned, which I'll post about later, along with the rundown for the day.  See you soon!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Enjoyin' this weather ...

I checked on Maggie to find that she was making the most of this great weather:

(She didn't know I was taking this!)

Laid out on the deck, pillows and all, toys around her, reading her Yo Gabba Gabba book!  She loves to stick her legs in her pillow case like it's a sleeping bag.  I'm starting to think a real sleeping bag might be a good gift from Santa!

Wheelin' Wednesday

Today, we continued our study of the letter 'E,' fall, and transportation, specifically, cars and traffic signs and symbols.  Some photos:

This is at the Preschool Adventures story time and craft this morning
at the North Columbus Library.  We studied shapes.
 Playing with her 'Fall Feely Bags' -- closing her eyes, feeling items
 that we see in the fall, then trying to guess what she is feeling.
 Making a pumpkin patch with painted knuckles for the pumpkins, and green thumbprints for stems!
 And adding the vines with a Q-tip ...
 Our knuckle and thumbprint pumpkins!
 I just had to post this picture because we were playing songs about transportation, and she told me she was going to get her drum.  I figured she meant the red and blue one you see in the center, but I was amazed to find that she had put together an entire drum set alone with empty containers and plastic cauldrons we put out with our Halloween decor!  I was so impressed!
 Making a traffic light (she knew the placement of the colors!) ...
 Flying her matchbox cars through a wrapping paper tube
proved to be lots of fun!  We observed which ones were faster.
 Making tracks in our play dough!
 And then making tracks with paint on paper.
Observing the differences in tracks made by smooth wheels and rough wheels.
One paper was not enough!  Here, we are on our third piece!
The rundown:
1.  We mailed Aunt Mary Lee's birthday card.
2.  We went to Preschool Adventures story time and craft at the North Columbus Library where we studied shapes.
Letter 'E':
1.  We found the 'E's in our letter magnets and spelled out words that start with 'E.'
1.  We read Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.
2.  We read Fall Leaves Change Colors by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld.
3.  We read The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis.
4.  We played with our 'Fall Feely Bags' and guessed by touch what items we find in the fall, including, leaves, acorns, pinecones, and an apple.
5.  We did our 'Pumpkin Patch Painting' using our knuckles for the body of our pumpkins, and our fingerprints for the stems.
Transportation (Cars, Traffic Signs and Symbols):
1.  We read Alphabeep by Debora Pearson.
2.  We read Cars Rushing! Honking! Zooming! By Patricia Hubbell.
3.  We read I Read Signs by Tana Hoban.
4.  We read Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord.
5.  We read If I Could Drive a Car Hauler by Michael Teitelbaum.
6.  We listened to the following songs on her Wee Sing In The Car cassette tape:
           1) 'Riding Along';
           2) 'Cruisin' Along';
           3) 'John Brown's Chevy'; and
           4) 'Five Big Dump Trucks.'
7.  We watched the Travel Adventures DVD that we borrowed from the library.
8.  We read the 'Red Light' poem.
9.  We sang the song, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Traffic Light.'
10.  We made a traffic light craft, identifying the placement of each color, and what each color means.
11.  We zoomed our matchbox cars through a wrapping paper tube and observed which cars went through faster and farther.  (Yes, we're already learning physics!)
12.  We rolled our matchbox cars in play dough to see the differences in tracks between cars with smooth wheels and cars with rough ones.
13.  We made our car tracks on paper using her matchbox cars and different colors of paint.

Tomorrow, we'll delve into trucks, continue with our fall crafts, and make the 'E' page of our letter book!