Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's Jemima Puddle-duck!

Happy Earth Week!  I am so excited to share this week with Maggie, who is just learning the importance of turning off lights, turning off the faucet, and putting plastic and aluminum into our recycling bin.  We kicked it off with a trip to Forest Friends, where we learned about reusing and recycling, and then we came home to do some reading on Earth Day and make a paper plate globe.  We also did some more Easter crafts, including the making of a bonnet to match that of Jemima Puddle-duck's in the tale by Beatrix Potter!  Here are some photos:

Playing with a couple of turtles at Forest Friends ...
 And feeling the scales on a couple of fish out of the pond ...
 Here, the kids are racing 'trash' to its appropriate bin for recycling ... paper, plastic, or aluminum.  (They all loved this activity!)
 Making a nature bracelet with strips of contact paper and natural materials ... wrap one strip around your child's wrist, sticky side out.  Let them add leaves, bits of bark, grass, etc., until complete, then add another strip of contact paper (sticky side in) to seal in their artwork!  So easy and lots of fun!  (Thanks, Daisy, for a great idea!)
 All done and so fashionable!  :)
 Painting the Earth on a paper plate ...
 Ready to play our 'Alphabet Fishing' game using our alphabet squares, with a paperclip attached, and a pole made with a magnet tied to the end of its string ...
 I would call out a word and she would locate the first letter of that word.  After she 'caught' it on her pole, she would have to give me another word that started with that letter before she could throw it back in the 'pond.'
 Coloring some Easter cards for Grandma and Grandpop ...
Ready to mail!
 The materials for our Jemima Puddle-duck bonnet ... a large sheet of white paper, scissors, tape (I thought it might be easier to use than glue), a pencil, some ribbon, and paper doilies!
 Rather than rewriting the instructions for the bonnet, I thought it might be easier for you to see them photographed here, with the diagrams.
If these instructions seem too daunting, they did offer an easier method:  Attach a length of ribbon to either side of a paper plate.  Decorate the plate with tissue paper, feathers, fabric, paper flowers, etc.
 Coloring her bonnet before we put it together ...
 In her bonnet, just like Jemima Puddle-duck!  :)
 Checking herself out in the mirror!  :)
'See?  I just laid my eggs!  There are ten!'  :)

Today, we:
Social:
1. We attended Forest Friends in Auburn, where we learned about Earth Day and the concepts of reusing and recycling.
Alphabet:
1. We read Animal Alphabed by Margriet Ruurs.
2. We played the 'Alphabet Fishing' game using our alphabet squares from our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 58.
3. Letter practice: We practiced writing big letter 'H' and little letter 'h' in our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 21.  We also read the 'H' tongue twister so she could hear the 'H' sound.
Easter:
1. We read The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward.
2. We read It's Easter, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer.
3. We read The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.
4. We read Little Cottontail by Carl Memling.
5. We read Peter Rabbit's ABC by Beatrix Potter.
6. We read 'The Horned Beast' story in One-Minute Easter Stories adapted by Shari Lewis and Lan O’Kun, pages 30-31.
7. We read Bunny My Honey by Anita Jeram.
8. We read Rosita's Easter by P. J. Shaw.
9. We read The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter.
10. We made the 'Easter Bonnet' (like Jemima Puddle-duck's) as seen in our Easter Fun With Peter Rabbit activities book, page 14.
11. We decorated the Easter cards in our Easter Fun With Peter Rabbit activities book, pages 21-24, then mailed them to Grandma and Grandpop.
12. We watched our The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies and Mrs. Tittlemouse DVD.
13. We watched the Barney: Egg-cellent Adventures DVD that we borrowed from the library.
Earth Day:
1. We read Earth Day by Trudi Strain Trueit.
2. We read Earth Day by Robin Nelson.
3. We read Earth Day by David F. Marx.
4. We read The Berenstain Bears: Don't Pollute (Anymore) by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
5. We watched the Sesame Street: Love the Earth! DVD that we borrowed from the library.  (This was a GREAT find!)
6. We made a paper plate Earth as seen at www.preschool-daze.com/2010/04/22/e-is-for-earth-day-2/.

Check us out tomorrow when we get the lowdown on dirt!  :)

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