Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Humpty Dumpty

Hi, everyone!  It's so good to be back!  Were we missed?  Today starts the study of new things: Nursery Rhymes and Series and Patterns.  My plan over the next two weeks is to study at least two new nursery rhymes each day, supplemented with games and crafts to help encourage her to remember them.  Today, we studied 'Humpty Dumpty,' 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,' and 'Star Light, Star Bright.'  Here are some photos:

This is the activity book that we'll be working out of over the next two weeks for our Nursery Rhymes curriculum.  I found it on the clearance table at Books-a-Million for just a couple of bucks.
 Coloring a brick wall for her Humpty Dumpty stickers to sit on ...
 'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall ... Humpty Dumpty had a great fall ... All the king's horses and all the king's men ... Couldn't put Humpty together again!'
 Maggie, with her paper 'Humpty' egg ...
 Working on her scissor skills, she cut Humpty into pieces ...
 ... then tried to put Humpty together again!
 Our real Humpty, boiling ... :)
Once he was cool, we decorated Humpty with markers and yarn.
 Humpty!  :)
 'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall' ...
 'Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.'  (Poor Humpty.  The way he cracked looks like he's got a distressed frown and a tear.)
Might as well not let Humpty go to waste!
 Later, we practiced making patterns using her Mega Blocks.
 Making our glitter stars after reading 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' and 'Star Light, Star Bright' ...
Did you know there was a second stanza to 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star?'  It is:
'When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, Twinkle, all the night.'
 What preschooler doesn't love glitter?  :)

Today, we:
Writing:
1. Letter practice: We practiced writing big letter 'J' and little letter 'j' in our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 25.  We also read the 'J' tongue twister so she could hear the 'J' sound.
2. We practiced writing her name using a handwriting worksheet generator from http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/.
Nursery Rhymes ('Humpty Dumpty,' 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,' and 'Star Light, Star Bright'):
1. We listened to the song, 'ABC Nursery Rhyme Game' on our Wee Sing in the Car tape.
2. We read Mother Goose's 'Humpty Dumpty' in our Mother Goose book (page 111), our A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes edited by Michael Foss (page 118), and our Giant Nursery Rhyme Sticker Activity book (page 2), so she could see all the different illustrations for each.
3. We decorated a hard-boiled egg with markers and yarn for hair.  Then, while reciting the 'Humpty Dumpty' rhyme, we let the egg 'fall' off a 'wall' and crack into pieces.
4. We cut an egg shape out of white construction paper and decorated it with facial features, etc.  Then, for scissor skills practice, I let her cut her egg into pieces and when she was done, we tried to put him back 'together again.'
5. We read 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' in our Mother Goose book (page 75), our A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes edited by Michael Foss (page 137), our Giant Nursery Rhyme Sticker Activity book (page 3), and High Five magazine, December 2010 (pages 10-11), so she could see all the different illustrations for each.
6. We looked for all the hidden objects in the illustration for 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' in our High Five magazine, December 2010, pages 10-11.
7. We read 'Star Light, Star Bright' out of our Ladybug magazine, May/June 2011, page 31, and in our Mother Goose book (page 107).
8. We cut a star shape out of yellow construction paper, then glued it onto a piece of black construction paper.  Afterwards, we decorated it with gold glitter.
Mother's Day:
1. We read Peanuts: Good Grief, It's Mother's Day adapted by Alice Alfonsi.
2. We read Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.
3. We read Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer.
4. We read Babar: A Gift for Mother by Harry N. Abrams.
5. We made cards for Grandma for Mother's Day.
Series and Patterns:
1. We completed the 'Can You Find It?' worksheet in our Getting Your Preschooler Ready for Math workbook, page 76, that required her to find the given pattern throughout the picture.
2. We completed the 'Series and Patterns' worksheets (with stickers) in our Winnie-the-Pooh's 1-2-3 Sticker Storybook, pages 4-5.
3. We took her Mega Blocks and made sequences with them, then continued the pattern using more blocks.
Review:
1. We played with our Rhyming Dominoes.

Tomorrow, we'll be studying the nursery rhymes, 'Hickory, Dickory, Dock,' and 'Three Blind Mice.'  Check back with us!

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