Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Fest!

Halloween at our house was a success this year!  We filled the day with all things Halloween and ended it on sugar highs and with good memories.  Some photos:

Here are our finished acorn pumpkins that we started painting on Friday!
Maggie asked for ghost pancakes for her Halloween breakfast.  I added mini chocolate chips for the eyes.
 Getting ready to carve our pumpkins ...
 Working hard ...
 Guts!
 Seeds!  It was a group effort -- Maggie removed, I cleaned, and Daddy roasted!
 Our pumpkins!
Roasted seeds!
 Maggie's Halloween wagon ride snack!
 For lunch, we had witches' fingers (deli ham and monterey jack cheese baked between two bread sticks)!  They were really good!
Here is Maggie with her 'Aunt Lainey' after she 'mummified' her.
 Mags found a better use for her witches' hats ... fancy socks!
 Her Plex costume, on the ready!
 With dinner, Maggie had her very first cup of hot chocolate (with floating 'eyeballs' of course!) -- she liked it!
 Dinner was mummy dogs, macaroni and cheese swamp creatures (wish they had turned out better!), hot chocolate with floating 'eyeballs,' and apple cider.
 Ready to trick-or-treat!
 She was so proud of her costume!
 Getting treats from her favorite neighbor, 'Mickey' Potts!  :)
 Off to trick-or-treat with Daddy!
 Saying 'hi' to our buddy, Vivian!
 Our house on Halloween!
 Posing with Vivian at our house after trick-or-treating!
 Checking out the loot!

Maggie did so good!  It was a great day for all of us!  Happy Halloween, everybody!  :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Moving on from bears ...

Today we learned about how other animals get ready for winter, especially squirrels and geese.  We took a trip to the park to feed the geese that we read about, and to collect some acorns for an art project and were surprised to find hungry baby ducks there, too!  What a treat that was!  Here are some pictures:

Our 'Acorn Snack,' made with doughnuts, peanut butter, crushed chocolate Cheerios, and pretzel sticks!
 Baby ducks!!!
 They were so cute!
We counted nine in all.
 Drying our acorns for our craft project later ...
 Our science project to demonstrate how a layer of fat in animals keeps them warm through the winter!
 Above, holding an ice cube through a bag with no layer of fat.
And now, holding ice with both hands, the left hand with a layer of fat between the ice and the bag on her hand.
 When I asked her which coat 'Bear Robot' would want in the cold weather, she promptly yelled, 'the coat with the fat in it!'  (Alright!)  :)
And painting our acorns to appear like tiny pumpkins!

Our rundown:
Letter 'I':
1. We practiced writing big letter 'I' and little letter 'i,' both on paper, and in the sugar tray.
Halloween:
1. We read 'Little Jack Pumpkin Face' from our Mother Goose book.
2. We made little jack-o-lanterns by painting acorns and then drawing on faces.
Adaptation/Hibernation/Migration:
1. We read It's Moving Day! by Pamela Hickman.
2. We read Groundhog Stays Up Late by Margery Cuyler.
3. We read Rebel by John Schoenherr (about a goose).
4. We read the 'How Many Nuts?' poem in our High Five magazine, October 2010.
5. We read Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine O’Flatharta.
6. We read Grady the Goose by Denise Brennan-Nelson.
7. We read One Snowy Night by M. Christina Butler.
8. We sang 'A Squirrel’s Song.'
9. We sang the 'Scurry Squirrel' song.
10. We made an acorn snack using doughnuts, peanut butter, crushed chocolate cheerios, and pretzel sticks.
11. We read the 'Winter is Cold' action poem.
12. We did a science project using plastic bags, ice, and shortening to demonstrate how animals have layers of fat to keep them warm from the cold weather.