Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A little dirt never hurt!

What better way to study the Earth than to get down and dirty with it?  That's what we did today ... dirt, dirt, and more dirt.  Here are some photos:

Here, we're at the library for Preschool Adventures, decorating a paper Easter basket.  She got frustrated with her gluing at one point, and I said, 'It's ok.  Just breathe.'  Her response?  'I don't like breathing!'  Ok then!  :)
 Making dirt cups ... Add 2 cups of cold milk to 1 package (3.9 oz.) of Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding mix. 
 Whisk together for two minutes, until smooth.  Let stand for five minutes.
 Next, count out 15 Oreo cookies and finely crush.
 Stir into your pudding mixture 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip whipped topping and 1/2 cup of your cookie crumbs.  Then, spoon into clear plastic drinking cups.  (Our mixture made 7 cups.)
 Top each cup with your remaining cookie mixture for a layer of 'dirt.'  Refrigerate for one hour.
 Before serving, add gummy worms to your dirt cup.  (For a large crew, you could even make this in a clean plastic pail and scoop out with a clean plastic shovel!)
 Enjoy!
 So good!  :)
'Dirt Detective Maggie,' on a mission to see what she can find in dirt ...
 We poured her sample onto a tray for easier observation.
 Looking in more closely ...
 We found a worm amidst our sample!
 While doing our 'Dirt Detective' work, we saw this baby mockingbird, getting instructions from its parents on how to fly ... very neat!
 We then moved to another part of the yard, made up of a more sandy dirt.  No earthworms here!  She did, however, dub it 'Bug Beach.'  Funny girl.  :)
 The materials for our 'Worm Tracks' craft ... paper, brown paint, and a piece of yarn!
Using the yarn dipped in paint to make 'Worm Tracks' ...

Today, we:
Social:
1. We attended Preschool Adventures at North Columbus Library, where we learned about Easter (including the reading of I Need an Easter Egg! by Harriet Ziefert, and a pop-up book called Easter Egg Hunt).
Alphabet:
1. We read Found Alphabet by Ramon Shindler and Wojciech Graniczewski.  An excerpt from that book (for the letter 'S'):
     'This spider spins from town to town
     Inside out and uspide down
     His mother says it's very clear
     The World Wide Web was his idea!'  (Cute.)
2. We played the 'Missing Letter' game using our alphabet squares from our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 58.
3. Letter practice: We practiced writing big letter 'I' and little letter 'i' in our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 23.  We also read the 'I' tongue twister so she could hear the 'I' sound, and we discussed the difference between the long 'i' sound (as in 'ice' or 'dime') and the short 'i' sound (as in 'milk' or 'igloo').
4. We read The Little Pink Pig by Liza Charlesworth (a Phonics Tales! book to help teach the short 'i' sound).
Easter:
1. We read Blue's Egg Hunt by Deborah Reber.
2. We watched the Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol DVD that we borrowed from the library.
Earth Day:
1. We read Earth Day by Mir Tamim Ansary.
2. We read A Handful of Dirt by Raymond Bial.
3. We read Soil: A Resource Our World Depends On by Ian Graham.
4. We read the 'Dirt on My Shirt' and 'What Do You See?' poems from Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Fox worthy.
5. We read 'The Three Little Worms' story in our High Five magazine, March 2011, pages 6-9.
6. We read 'Spading,' a poem by Patricia Hubbell.
7. We watched 'The Dirt on Dirt' episode on our Sid the Science Kid: The Bug Club DVD.
8. We did the 'Worm Tracks' activity out of our The Everything Toddler Activities Book, page 146.
9. We went outside and got dirty, playing 'Dirt Detectives,' and studied a section of dirt, looking for worms and other things that make up soil.
10. We made dirt cups (complete with gummy worms) for snack! 

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