Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thankful for our senses!

Today, after a trip to the library, we discussed what we are thankful for, and explored the subject of our five senses, including enjoying some of Maggie's favorite snack of popcorn (which, coincidentally, is a great snack for demonstrating how we use ALL of our senses). 

Making her ice cream cone craft at the library ...
 Maggie's ice cream cone!  (Once we got home, she insisted we add a paper cherry, which we did.)
 Stringing the leaves on her 'I'm Thankful For' garland.
 Maggie's garland, with all the things she's thankful for, including (but in no particular order) Daddy, Mommy, Grandma and Grandpop, food to eat, bed, robots, 'Little Fella,' Mickey Mouse, trees, M&Ms, music, homeschooling, and toys.
Looking through her 'Pinhole Magnifier' to focus on her sense of sight ...

Today's rundown:
Social:
1. We attended Preschool Adventures at North Columbus Library.  Today's theme was 'Sweet Tooth,' and we read stories about sweets (and brushing!) and made an ice cream cone craft.  (Stories: Cookie Count by Robert Sabuda, Who Took the Cookie From the Cookie Jar by David A. Carter, and Brush Your Teeth Please by Leslie McGuire.)
Letter 'L':
1. We found the 'L's in our letter magnets and spelled out words that start with 'L.'
Thanksgiving:
1. We read More Snacks! A Thanksgiving Play by Joan Holub.
2. We read My First Thanksgiving by Tomie dePaola.
3. We read A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schulz.
4. We read Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim.
5. We read A Thanksgiving Turkey by Julian Scheer.
6. We colored a turkey coloring sheet.
7. We wrote out the things we are thankful for on paper leaves and made a Thanksgiving garland out of them, for decoration.
Our Bodies/The Five Senses/Sight:
1. We read My Five Senses by Aliki.
2. We read Sesame Street: The Five Senses by Kama Einhorn.
3. We read Five Senses by Lara Winnigham.
4. We read A Perfect Day: All About the Fives Senses by Kirsten Hall.
5. We read Let's Explore the Five Senses with City Dog and Country Dog by Laine Falk.
6. We read the 'Senses' poem by Shel Silverstein in his A Light in the Attic, pg 134.
7. We discussed the five senses and made note of what we were seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling, and tasting in that moment.
8. We had popcorn for snack ... a great food item to cover ALL the senses (which we noted)!
9. We watched the Bear in the Big Blue House: Sense-sational DVD that we borrowed from Netflix.
10. We read The Five Senses: Sight by Maria Rius.
11. We read My Eyes by Lloyd G. Douglas.
12. We read The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss.
13. We did a sight experiment called 'Pinhole Magnifier,' where we viewed our surroundings through a small hole in an index card.  (Items look larger through the hole because the usual cues from other objects are blocked, making it difficult to judge size.)

Tomorrow, we will do some experiments with sound and smell.  See you then!

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