Tuesday, May 17, 2011

There's no place like space!

This week, we're starting our study of Space (with so many fun projects planned) as well as doing a small curriculum called 'Peace and Diversity.'  Here are some photos from today:

Tracing the words in her 'My Book About Space' we made ...
 Showing off her book ...
 Working on her 'Diversity Poster' ...
Maggie's 'Diversity Poster' ... 'We're all different.'
 The three packages I presented to her in our 'You Can't Judge a Gift by Its Wrapping' activity ...
Of course, she chose to open one of the attractive presents first. 
 Nothing in that first one!  Next?  The other attractive present.
 Nothing in that second present either!  Guess we'll open the last one, which Maggie called, 'awfully brown!'
 The surprise hidden in the least attractive package!
Candy!  You can't judge a gift by its wrapping, just as you can't tell what people are like on the inside by how they look on the outside.

Today, we:
1. We made a 'Thank You' card for our neighbor, 'Mickey' Potts, for the great book he gifted us, There's No Place Like Space! All About Our Solar System by Tish Rabe.
1. Letter practice: We practiced writing big letter 'N' and little letter 'n' in our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 33.  We also read the 'N' tongue twister so she could hear the 'N' sound.
Planets and Space (The Solar System):
1. We read Looking Through a Telescope by Linda Bullock.
2. We read The Solar System by Jeff Bauer.
3. We read There's No Place Like Space! All About Our Solar System by Tish Rabe.  (Thank you, 'Mickey' Potts, for such a great book!) 
4. We read the riddle from Spacey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg on page 24:  'What poem can you find in outer space?  A uni-verse!'
5. We read the 'Who am I?' poem in our Ladybug magazine, April 2011, page 31.
6. We made and read the 'My Book About Space' as seen in our Space and the Planets workbook, page 19.  (She also traced the major words on each page, like 'Earth' and 'Stars.'
Peace and Diversity (Differences in General):
1. We read My America by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.
2. We read Different Just Like Me by Lori Mitchell.
3. We read Understanding Differences by Rebecca Weber.
4. We read the 'No Difference' poem by Shel Silverstein in his Where the Sidewalk Ends, page 81.
5. We read the following poems from Grandad's Tree: Poems About Families compiled by Jill Bennett:
     1) 'What is a Family?' by Mary Ann Hoberman;
     2) 'In Both the Families' by Arnold Adoff; and
     3) 'Family' by Carl Sandburg.
6. We discussed the ways people are different -- race, culture, gender, religion, dress, etc.
7. We made a 'Diversity Poster' by pasting magazine cut-outs of different faces onto poster board and discussing all the differences we could see.
8. We completed the 'You Can't Judge a Gift by Its Wrapping' activity in our Character Counts! Parents Guide, page 15, where she was presented with three small wrapped boxes, one less attractive than the others.  I then let her choose one package to open.  (She, of course, chose one of the more attractive ones and found nothing in it.)  Then, I let her open the other two.  Candy was inside the least attractive one!  We then discussed how she couldn't tell what was in the packages by simply looking at the outside wrappings, just as you can't tell what people are like on the inside by how they look on the outside.
9. We made the mini-book out of our Character Counts! Respect workbook, page 3, which discussed respecting others, even if they are different from us.  We then answered the questions together, given on the same page.

Tomorrow, we will be studying the Sun and Other Stars, as well as racial differences, after a trip to Auburn for Preschool Outings at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center!  Check back with us!


  1. Ok- you guys do some pretty awesome stuff! But I think this might just be my favorite of your lessons!! You are pretty darn awesome! :)

  2. Lori, you're too sweet. We have been slacking a lot lately, which has made me feel awful, so your comment was a welcome pick-me-up! Thank you. :)

  3. Aw! You're slacking days are probably busier than 2 of my weeks! :) You guys do some of the most awesome stuff! And yes, I have stolen a few of your ideas! I am DEFINITELY stealing some of these diversity lessons! LOVE THEM!