Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Clover Rubbings

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!  I hope everyone had a good weekend!  Ours was short, as Al worked the whole weekend, but we did manage to get some projects in to catch up from our hectic February.  Today, we did lots of socializing, with a trip in the morning to the Columbus Museum for Toddler Time (where we studied Mardi Gras), and a trip in the afternoon to North Columbus Library for their St. Patty's Day party.  In between, we managed to get some homeschooling done!  Here are some photos from today:

Working on a Mardi Gras mask in the art room at the Columbus Museum ...
Ready for the parade ...
(She loves this chicken at the museum.)
Laying out our little shamrocks for our clover rubbings ...
Showing off her clover rubbings ...
Making a St. Patrick's Day headband for today's party at the library ...
Ready to go! 
The materials for our 'scissor skills' project ...
Practicing cutting ...
Gluing her cuts of paper onto a shamrock ...
All done!
On our refrigerator, looking great!
Working on her St. Patty's Day placemat at the library ...

Today, we:
Social:
1. We attended Toddler Time at the Columbus Museum, where we read a book (Gaston Goes to Mardi Gras by James Rice) and made a mask for Mardi Gras.
2. We attended the St. Patty's Day party at North Columbus Library, where we read some books (including Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola), listened to some Irish music, and made a St. Patrick's Day placemat. 
Letters 'U' and 'V':
1. We looked at and discussed big letter 'U' and little letter 'u' and words that start with 'U': unicorn, unicycle, umbrella, under, uncle, udder, United States, ugly, upside down, ukulele, unicycle, etc.
2. We looked at and discussed big letter 'V' and little letter 'v' and words that start with 'V': violin, vegetable, Valentine, vulture, van, vase, vacation, vote, vellum, etc.
3. We read My 'u' Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure.
4. We read My 'v' Book by Jane Belk Moncure.
Cows:
1. We read Moo Who? by Keith Graves.
2. We read The Promise by Tony Johnston.
3. We read Dandelion Hill by Clyde Robert Bulla.
4. We read The Baby Shower by Eve Bunting.
5. We read Sixteen Cows by Lisa Wheeler.
6. We read Fat Bat and Swoop by Leo Landry.
St. Patrick's Day:
1. We read St. Patrick's Day by Anne Rockwell.
2. We read Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott.
3. We gathered some clover from the yard and made rubbings on paper with green crayons.
4. We sang the 'Green Song' (if you would like the lyrics, drop me a line).
5. We did a scissor skills project where she cut piece off large strips of green paper to fill up, or 'color in' a shamrock.
6. We decorated a St. Patrick's Day headband for today's St. Patrick's Day party.

That wraps up today's work.  Here are some of the things we completed over the weekend:
Birds:
1. We listened to 'Crow Song' on our Wee Sing in the Car tape.
2. We listened to 'Little Red Bird' on our Fiddle-Dee-Dee CD.
3. We listened to 'The Rattlin’ Bog' song on our Wee Sing Fun & Folk CD.
4. We read Shel Silverstein's poem, 'Weird Bird,' in his Falling Up, page 48.  (I love this poem, so I will share it here with you.)
     'Weird Bird'
     Birds are flyin' south for winter.
     Here's the Weird-Bird headin' north,
     Wings a-flappin', beak a-chatterin',
     Cold head bobbin' back 'n' forth.
     He says, "It's not that I like ice
     Or freezin' winds and snowy ground.
     It's just sometimes it's kind of nice
     to be the only bird in town."
5. We read the following rhymes from our Mother Goose book:
     1) 'The Owl';
     2) 'Mary Had a Pretty Bird';
     3) 'Two Little Dicky Birds';
     4) 'Cock Robin Got Up Early';
     5) 'Ten Little Bluebirds';
     6) 'Little Bird';
     7) 'Robin Redbreast'; and
     8) 'The Owl' (different from the other rhyme with the same title).  I will share it with you, too:
     'The Owl'
     A wise old owl sat in an oak,
     The more he heard, the less he spoke;
     The less he spoke, the more he heard.
     Why aren't we all like that wise old bird?
Weather:
1. We watched the weather channel again and put the appropriate weather strips on our forecast board.
2. We listened to 'Whether the Weather' on our Wee Sing in the Car tape.
3. We took a wet weather walk, stomping in puddles, feeling shiny leaves, and standing under a drippy tree.  Here are some of the photos from our wet weather walk that she insisted we take:

Water, water, everywhere!
4. We read two rhymes called 'Rain' and one called 'When it Rains' out of our Mother Goose book.
5. We read Shel Silverstein's 'Dancin' in the Rain' poem in his Falling Up, page 108.

We will be busy this week, and are really looking forward to Thursday's production of Click, Clack, Moo at The River Center.  We've got more St. Patrick's Day projects lined up, too, so keep checking back with us!

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