Thursday, October 7, 2010

"All Aboard!"

So, today, after we went to The River Center to watch the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie show, we came home to learn about trains!  We had a lot of fun.  Here are today's photos:

Here we are at The River Center, waiting for the production.
And, of course, Mr. Mouse came with us to watch from his seat!
 Completing our letter 'F' page ...
 Our train whistles ...
 Making a snack train ...
 Adding the 'wheels' ...
 And, later, playing with our bug train (she put the numbered boxes in order before we linked them) ...
 Our laundry basket train!  Here, Conductor Maggie is collecting tickets ...
 And punching tickets ...
 And they're off!
 Right before car #2 took a spill off the track ...
 Entering Maggie Station ...
 And, of course, Robot wanted a ride next!
 Maggie's favorite part of the experience was the tickets!

Today's activities:
1.  We attended the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie performance at The River Center for Performing Arts, after reading the book again this morning prior.  We also packed our cookies that we made yesterday to snack on!
Letter 'F':
1.  We did the 'F' page of our letter book.
Transportation (Trains):
1.  We read Trains Steaming! Pulling! Huffing! by Patricia Hubbell.
2.  We read The Little Train by Lois Lenski.
3.  We read The Little Train That Could by Watty Piper.
4.  We read Night Train by Caroline Stutson.
5.  We read Hey Mr. Choo-choo, Where Are You Going? by Susan Wickberg.
6.  We read Full Steam Ahead by Faye Gibbons.
7.  We read the poem by Wendi Silvano, 'Here it Comes' in her High Five magazine, October 2010 (about trains).
8.  We listened to the following songs on her Wee Sing Fun & Folk CD:
           1) 'The Wabash Cannonball' (about a train);
           2) 'Train is a-Comin';
           3) 'Little Red Caboose'; and
           4) 'The Railroad Cars are Coming.'
9.  We blew over the hole of an open plastic water bottle, as well as blew on her toy train whistle, to make the sounds of trains so that we could pretend to be trains.
10.  We read the poem, 'Little Black Train' by Jean Warren.
11.  We sang the song, 'Chug, Chug, Chug' by Elizabeth Scofield.
12.  We connected five small, numbered boxes to make a bug train (after she lined them up in order of number).
13.  We made a laundry basket train for her stuffed animals, connecting the baskets with thin rope. We also made tickets for the animals that we punched.
14.  We made marshmallow trains by connecting large marshmallows (the 'cars') with pretzel sticks. We used peanut butter to add fruit loops for the 'wheels.'

Tomorrow, we'll study planes and practice writing the letter 'F' before Maggie's big weekend away with Grandma and Grandpop!  A little birdie told me she might be visiting the Exploreum to learn about reptiles!  See you tomorrow!

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