Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Alphabet Soup

Happy Tuesday!  We started our day at Forest Friends, where we learned about soil.  Afterwards, we came home to continue our 'Alphabet' curriculum, do some more Easter reading and projects, and start our study of 'Rhyming Words.'  Here are some photos from today:

At Forest Friends, listening to Ms. Daisy tell us about worms ...
 Checking out the worm box ...
 And, then checking on the resident turtles ...
 Making sand art ...
 Our letter book is bound and ready to enjoy!  (This is such a big deal because we worked on this book for the first half of our school year, devoting one week to each letter.)
The eggs we decorated yesterday are now on our Easter tree!
Playing with our 'Rhyming Words' flash cards ...
 Later, we played an Easter game where I hid a plastic Easter egg and she searched to find it.  Sort of like the 'Hot/Cold' game, when she got close to it, I would 'quack.'  The closer she got, the louder my 'quacking' got until she found it.  (She LOVED this game!)
 Painting the clay ornaments we made this weekend to decorate our Easter tree ...
 Then, to finish out our day, we made a pot of Alphabet Soup for dinner tonight.  (We used Publix's Alphabets pasta, but just to let you know, there are numbers in that mix, too!)
 First, we poured three 14.5oz. cans of beef broth into a stockpot.  (Before we started cooking, I reminded Maggie that we needed to be careful near the hot pot.  Her response was, 'Yeah, because I don't want to get a blizzard!'  Funny girl!)
 Then, we added 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning (the recipe called for 1.5 tablespoons, but it seemed a bit much) and salt and pepper to taste.
 We let the broth and seasonings come to a boil.
 We then added a small bag of frozen mixed vegetables and let the broth come to a boil again before covering the pot and turning down to medium for 10 minutes.  After ten minutes' time, add in 1 cup of your alphabet pasta, cover, and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until tender.  Serve with crackers or bread.  (I should mention that I have never used this recipe before today.  It remains to be seen whether or not it was worth giving to you here.  I'll keep you posted.)

Today, we:
1. We attended Forest Friends today in Auburn, where we learned about soil.
1. We read The Guinea Pig ABC by Kate Duke.
2. We read The Letters are Lost! by Lisa Campbell Ernst.
3. We read Amazing Aunt Agatha by Sheila Samton.
4. We read Shel Silverstein's poem, 'Alphabalance,' in his Falling Up, page 63, which I will share with you here:
     Balancing my ABCs
     Takes from noon to half past three.
     I don't have time to grab a T
     Or even stop to take a P.
5. We played with the bound letter book that we made over the first half of the school year, going over the sounds and different pictures we picked that start with each letter.
6. We made and ate alphabet soup!
7. We watched the Letter Sounds DVD that we borrowed from the library.
8. Letter practice:  We practiced writing big letter 'E' and little letter 'e' in our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 15.  We also read the 'E' tongue twister so she could hear the 'E' sound and discussed the difference between the long 'E' sound (as in 'cheese' or 'eagle') and the short 'E' sound (as in 'egg' or 'bed').
9. We read The Best Nest by Liza Charlesworth (a Phonics Tales! book to help teach the short 'e' sound).
10. We read Word Bird Makes Words With Hen: A Short "e" Adventure by Jane Belk Moncure.
11. We read -en as in pen by Carey Molter.
12. We read -ed as in bed by Amanda Rondeau.
1. We read The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing.
2. We read Countdown to Easter by AnnMarie Harris.
3. We read Spot's First Easter by Eric Hill.
4. We read Corduroy's Easter Party by Lisa McCue.
5. We read Happy Easter, Gus! by Jacklyn Williams.
6. We painted the clay shapes that we made for our Easter tree.
7. We played the 'Egg Finder Game' in our Toddler's Busy Play Book, page 48.
Rhyming Words:
1. We read the 'What Rhymes with Cat?' story in our High Five magazine, April 2011, pages 6-9.
2. We read Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.
3. We played with and discussed our 'Rhyming Words' flash cards.
Spring/Birds/Weather (ongoing curriculums):
1. We read the 'Max and Kate' story out of our Ladybug magazine, April 2011, pages 3-7 (about flowers in Spring).
2. We watched the Sesame Street: Elmo's World: Springtime Fun DVD that we borrowed from Netflix.
3. We completed the 'Match the Flowers' activity in our National Geographic Little Kids magazine, March/April 2011, pages 18-19.

So, that wraps up the day!  Tomorrow, after Preschool Adventures, we'll be playing some games with letters (including a letter maze) and making a pine cone bunny!  Check us out!


  1. Loving the tree and the decorations! Super cute!!

    We may have to try that alphabet soup just to get Taia to TRY soup! She hasn't tried it since she was tiny!

  2. I take a lot of the broth out when I give Maggie hers but helping to make it made her eat more of it! :)