Wednesday, April 13, 2011

'Carrot Patch' Snack

Hi, everyone!  Mags and I were both a bit tired and cranky today, so there are less photos that usual, but we still managed to complete all of our planned curriculum for the day.  I think you'll like the 'Carrot Patch' snack idea (another healthy one!) and the 'Pine Cone Bunny' was easy enough to make and very satisfying for her.  Here are a few photos:

The materials for our 'Carrot Patch' snack ... baby carrots, ranch dip (or hummus if you rather), parsley, a small clay pot, a plastic cup, scissors, and a toothpick.
 Cut your plastic cup to fit inside of your clay pot.  Fill with dip.  Use your toothpick to poke a hole in the top of each baby carrot, and place a small sprig of parsley in each hole.  Place your carrots upright in the dip, as shown below.  Serve.
 Here, Mags is playing the 'Do You Hear What I Hear?' game with some alphabet squares.  (I would call out a word, and she would pick the letter that she could hear each word starting with.  She did really well at this game.)
 Completing her 'Super Letter Maze' that required her to use correct letter partners (the uppercase and lowercase forms) to find the right path from Cookie Monster to Telly Monster.
 The materials for our 'Pine Cone Bunny' ... a pine cone, white paint, a paintbrush, scissors, glue, google eyes, a pom-pom for the bunny's nose, small pieces of pipe cleaner for the bunny's whiskers, and foam pieces for the bunny's feet, ears, blush for the ears, and teeth. 
Painting her pine cone white ...
Here, Mags is adding a cotton tail to our bunny.  (I forgot to put it in the list of materials above.)
 All done!
This is the photo of the pine cone bunny as seen in Family Fun magazine.  Unlike ours, they used cardstock for the teeth and ears and felt for the feet.

Today, we:
Social:
1. We attended Preschool Adventures at North Columbus Library, where we learned about food (including the reading of Two Eggs Please by Sarah Weeks, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson, Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell, and I Smell Honey by Andrea Davis Pinkney).
Alphabet:
1. We read What Pete Ate From A-Z (Really!) by Maira Kalman.
2. We cut out the alphabet squares from our Alphabet and Counting workbook, pages 59 and 61 and played the 'Do You Hear What I Hear?' game with them, as described on page 58.
3. We completed the 'Super Letter Maze' in our Letters with Cookie Monster workbook, pages 30-31, that required her to use letter partners (the uppercase and lowercase forms) to find the right path to the finish line.
4. We completed the A-Z dot-to-dot in our Letters with Cookie Monster workbook, page 32.
5. We watched the Leap Frog: Talking Words Factory DVD that we borrowed from the library.
6. We completed the 'What in the World Are These' activity in our National Geographic Little Kids magazine, March/April 2011, page 5, which required her to fill in the first letter of each word under its picture.
7. Letter practice: We practiced writing big letter 'F' and little letter 'f' in our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 17.  We also read the 'F' tongue twister so she could hear the 'F' sound.
Easter:
1. We read Walt Disney's Grandpa Bunny by Jane Werner.
2. We read The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
3. We read I am a Bunny by Ole Risom.
4. We read Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Morgan Stoeke.
5. We read A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor.
6. We read The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous.
7. We made the 'Carrot Patches' snack as seen in Family Fun magazine, September 2008, page 88.
8. We made the pine cone bunny as seen in Family Fun magazine, April 2011, page 47.
Rhyming Words:
1. We completed the 'Rhyme Time' activity in our National Geographic Little Kids magazine, March/April 2011, page 3.
2. We played with our Rhyming Dominoes.
Spring/Birds/Weather (ongoing curriculums):
1. We completed the 'Can You Find Me?' activity in our Ladybug magazine, April 2011, page 19, where she was required to use the clues given to determine which Spring creature was being described.
2. We performed the 'Up or Down?' action rhyme in our Ladybug magazine, April 2011, page 34 (about a daffodil).

Tomorrow, we will be searching for letters outdoors and we will be eating 'Carrot Top Cupcakes' for snack!  Check back in with us!

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