Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fingerprint Chicks

Happy Wednesday!  After a fun trip to Preschool Adventures this morning, we continued our Alphabet study, which included Alphabet Exercise, a DVD we borrowed from the library that helped us to practice our alphabet with physical movement (think 'J' is for 'jump' and 'K' is for 'kick').  (This would be a great learning tool for those of you who homeschool especially active learners!)  We followed our Alphabet study with more Easter reading and crafts.  Some photos from today:

Playing with our letter puzzle cards, she matched the uppercase letter to its lowercase form, then placed it under the corresponding letter in the alphabet train puzzle that we put together yesterday.  (I actually left to make lunch while she did some of this, and she worked on quite a bit of it alone, quietly.  I was impressed that she could work so well independently.)
Almost there ...
 Whew!  All done!  :)
 Showing off her rabbit paper bag puppet ...
 And, making our Easter Bunny magnet out of craft foam ...
 Later, we put together another small alphabet puzzle by Crayola.  (I found the set of four Crayola puzzles -- alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes -- at Big Lots for super cheap!)
 The materials for our 'Fingerprint Chicks' ...
 Making our chicks' bodies ...
 Then, once dried, we added features with thin markers ...
 Mommy's chick ...
 And Maggie's chick!  (I think hers is so much cuter!)  :)

Today, we:
Social:
1. We attended Preschool Adventures at North Columbus Library, where we studied gardening (including the reading of Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, The Turnip, retold by Harriet Ziefert, and Snappy Little Colors, a pop-up book by Kate Lee and Caroline Repchuk).
Alphabet:
1. We read Dr. Seuss's ABC book by Dr. Seuss.
2. We read Do Your ABC's, Little Brown Bear by Jonathan London.
3. We read Paddington's ABC by Michael Bond.
4. We read The ABC Bunny by Wanda Ga'g.
5. We played with our letter puzzle cards, where we matched the lowercase letters to the uppercase.
6. We put together her Crayola ABC puzzle.
7. We listened to 'The Alphabet Song' (which also sings the alphabet backwards) and 'ABC Nursery Rhyme Game' on her Wee Sing in the Car tape.
8. We watched the Alphabet Exercise DVD that we borrowed from the library.
9. Letter practice: We practiced writing big letter 'B' and little letter 'b' in our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 9.  We also read the 'B' tongue twister so she could hear the 'B' sound throughout.
Animal Babies:
1. We read If You Were Born a Kitten by Marion Dane Bauer.
2. We read Baby Animals by Angela Royston.
Easter:
1. We read Celebrating Easter by Shelly Nielsen (a book of poetry).
2. We read The Easter Egg by Jan Brett.
3. We read Cranberry Easter by Wende and Harry Devlin.
4. We read The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich.
5. We read The Easter Bunny by Winfried Wolf.
6. We read the 'Hippity-Zippity' story in our High Five magazine, March 2011, pages 26- 29 (about bunnies).
7. We made the rabbit paper bag puppet out of our Martha Stewart craft kit (another Big Lots find at only $2 for a pack of five animal puppets).
8. We listened to the 'I Saw a Little Rabbit' song on our Fiddle-Dee-Dee CD.  (She then made her rabbit puppet perform the actions she heard in the song.)
9. We made an Easter Bunny magnet.
10. We made chicks out of our fingerprints, using yellow paint and thin markers to add features.

Tomorrow, we'll be playing a game of 'ABC Dominoes' and we'll make a bunny out of a footprint!

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