Friday, June 17, 2011

A Pigment of My Imagination

Today was a fun day.  We started it out in Auburn, at The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, where we looked for shapes and color in art, then made our own pictures using paper shapes.  We then came home to do some more art at home.  Here are some photos:

 Maggie was fascinated with this piece in the lobby.
 After we looked at different colors and shapes in art throughout the galleries, we were given paper shapes to make our own art, like below.
 Maggie's bird.
 Our group, hard at work, creating.
 After we finished our artwork, we checked out the museum's pond to spot turtles.
Maggie, making a 'noisy' picture, using color and pressure.
 Then, making a 'quiet' one.
 Maggie's 'noisy' and 'quiet' pictures, respectively.
 For our next project, we made 'Absorbing Artwork,' using a foil-covered, rimmed cookie sheet, heavy, white card stock, white glue, salt, an eyedropper, and water colored with food coloring.
 First, Maggie made designs on the card stock using the white glue, making sure the lines intersected in many places.
 Then, we sprinkled our wet glue with salt until completely covered and tapped off the excess into the tray.
 We then used the eyedropper to drip our colored water, one drop at a time, onto the salt.  The liquid moves along the glue lines, making the colors connect and blend in a really neat way!
 (She loved doing this!  We went on to make two more after this one!)
 A masterpiece!

Today, we:
1. We attended The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art tour, where we found colors and shapes in art, then made our own art using paper shapes.
1. We made a 'noisy' picture using color, and then a 'quiet' one.
2. We completed the 'Matching' worksheet on page 14 of our I Can Learn With Pooh: Early Skills: Colors workbook, which required her to draw a line to match each paintbrush with the same color paint can.
3. We did the 'Absorbing Artwork' activity as seen in Family Fun magazine, November 2010, page 108.

Because of all the socializing we did this week, we didn't quite finish this week's homeschooling work, so we'll continue a bit through the weekend and next week.  Check back with us!

'Colorful Palette Cupcakes'

I am just now blogging this morning from yesterday's activities because we were that busy.  We started the morning out at the movies, then ran errands, picked up some lunch out, and came home to host a playdate for our friends, Leah, Lucy, and Vivian.  (We missed you, Jayden!)  I multi-tasked and included them in one of our art projects for the week (painting with all things except a paintbrush) and our themed snack ... a 'paint palette' I made out of cardboard, with multi-colored cupcakes on top, representing the palette's paints.  After everyone left, we got another visit from Aunt Lainey!  It was a very social day.  Here are some photos:

Waiting for our buddies, I put all the materials for our painting in the center for easy reaching ...
 Leaves, Q-tips, cotton balls ...
 Sticks, more leaves, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, feathers ...
 Let the creating begin!  (Maggie with Leah and Ms. Anna)
 Lucy, Leah, and Mags!
 Still, it is always better to go back to God's given paintbrush ... those hands!
Making masterpieces!
 Great job, Lucy!
 Vivian joined in the fun soon after we started.
 Enjoying the paint!
 Our snack ... 'Colorful Palette Cupcakes!'  (I made the paintbrush using a breadstick, shreds of chocolate licorice, and a fruit roll-up.)
 Snacktime!  (Vivian, Ms. Hillary, Lucy, Ms. Anna, Leah, and Mags)
 So good, it's worth closing those eyes!  :)
 Sweet Leah.  :)
It was a fun time!  (Thanks, Anna and Hillary, for the great company!)

Today, we:
1. We went to the movies this morning for our theater's Summer Kid Series movie.
2. We hosted a playdate for our friends, Leah, Lucy, and Vivian!
3. We had Aunt Lainey over for dinner.
1. We read Stay Away From Strangers by Diane H. Pappas & Richard D. Covey.
2. We read The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
3. We read Not Everyone Is Nice by Frederick Alimonti and Ann Tedesco, Ph.D.
4. We read Martha and Hilary and the Stranger by Danielle Steel (yes, the Danielle Steel!).
5. We read Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol.
1. We read If You Take a Paintbrush: A Book of Colors by Fulvio Testa.
2. We read Colors by Philip Yenawine (with illustrations of art found at The Museum of Modern Art in New York).
3. We read I Spy Colors in Art by Lucy Micklethwait. Together, we found the objects in the paintings that were being described.
4. We read the 'Color Mix-Up' rhyme and answered the corresponding questions in our High Five magazine, November 2010, pages 16-17, then discussed again how colors mix to make new colors.
5. We read Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert.  While reading, we noted the colors and shapes in the different pictures.
6. We read the 'Ladybug, Muddle, & Thud' article in our Ladybug magazine, April 2011, page 2, about color mixing.
7.  We used other things to paint with than a paintbrush -- feathers, leaves, twigs, cotton balls, Q-tips, pipe cleaners, etc.
8.  For a snack, we made the 'Artist's Colorful Palette' cupcakes as seen in All You magazine, April 23, 2010, page 119.

Now, we're headed out to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts in Auburn for another field trip with our Preschool Outings class.  We'll see you soon!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Food for Thought

So, we just made it home after a day in Auburn for our Earth Fare field trip with our Preschool Outings group and we are pooped, so homeschooling will have to wait until tomorrow.  We had a great time, though, and were so glad to introduce our buddy, Jayden, to the group.  Here are some photos from the trip:

Jayden, a 'Customer in Training,' with her cart and ready to shop!
 Mags, sampling the banana bread (there were so many samples)!
 Following Mr. Adam on the tour ...
 Fancy a nut?
 Checking out the butcher area ...
 Maggie, testing a cart out for herself ...

Tomorrow should be even busier.  We're taking advantage of our theater's Kids' Summer Series movie tomorrow (for only $1!), and then in the late afternoon, having four friends over for a playdate and a *special* craft and snack!  See you soon! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Art and Soul

This week will be busy to make up for last week when I was stuck in bed with a neck injury!  Not fun.  Poor Mags.  But, we made it through and are back in gear.  Today, we started a new curriculum we're calling 'Safety Week' and another new one of all things 'Art.'  (We'll end the week with a special field trip to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn with her Preschool Outings group.)  We're also delving deeper into our letter sounds so that we can start putting those sounds together to read words.  (She's starting to show all the signs of being ready to read soon!)  Here are some photos from today:

We colored a picture of a telephone (I got this template off the atozteacher website) with space along the bottom to write in our home number.  We then practiced 'punching' in our phone number using the telephone's buttons.
 After we practiced punching in the number onto our paper telephone, we used the real telephone to dial Mommy's cell phone number so we could hear it ring.  (I told her the importance of learning Mommy's cell phone number in case she ever gets lost in a store.)
 After we practiced using the telephone (we will continue this concept later in the week when we learn about 9-1-1), we made a bracelet with Mommy's cell phone number on it so she could wear it when we go out.  That way, she could tell a store clerk how to contact me.  (I got our number beads at Hobby Lobby.)
 Maggie, showing off her number bracelet.  :)
 Next, in our art study, we made 'Wet Chalk Pastels' pictures using sidewalk chalk, water, and black construction paper.
 She dipped the chalk into the water, making the chalk glide easily over her paper. 
 The chalk dries to look the same as if she drew with it directly on a chalkboard, but with much less effort, eliminating paper tearing.
We then made 'Sparkly Pictures' using crayons, black construction paper, a paintbrush, and salt water.  First, Maggie drew a design on paper, pressing hard on the paper with her crayons.
 After her design was complete, she painted the salt water onto her design, making sure not to get the paper too wet (to avoid tearing).
 Once dry, the salt in the water will make her design shine!
Working on some mosaic tile art using small squares of colored paper on a white background ...
 She said she wanted to give this to Daddy for Father's Day, so we then decided to make a frame!
 We made a frame using colored popsicle sticks and some glitter glue.
 A masterpiece, waiting to dry!

Today, we:
Father's Day:
1. We read the 'Let's Go Fishing' story in our High Five magazine, June 2011, pages 26-29 (about spending time with Dad).
2. We read the 'Mop Family & Father's Day' comic strip in our Ladybug magazine, May/June 2011, pages 32-33.
3. We read the 'Dad' poem together by Berlie Doherty.
4. We made some special Father's Day cards for Daddy, Grandpop, and Grandpapa.
Safety ('Know Your Info'):
1. We read I Know Where I Live by Diane H. Pappas & Richard D. Covey.
2. We learned our address and phone number by saying it, writing it, and reciting it.
3. We made a 'Phone Number Bracelet' (as seen in one of my magazine cut-outs), using elastic and number beads to spell out my cell phone number.  We then discussed that should she ever get lost in a store, for example, she can ask a store clerk to call the number on the bracelet to find Mom.
4. We colored a telephone coloring sheet, and added in the numbers to our home phone at the bottom. We then practiced 'dialing' the same.
Art (General):
1. We read An ABC of What Art Can Be by Meher McArthur.
2. We read Seen Art? by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.
3. We read The Art Room by Susan Vande Griek.
4. We read The Art Box by Gail Gibbons.
5. We read To Be an Artist by Maya Ajmera & John D. Ivanko.
6. We watched the For the Love of Art DVD that we borrowed from the library.
7. We listened to the 'Art is Everywhere' song (track 8) on our Yo Gabba Gabba soundtrack.
8. We made mosaic tile art using small squares of colored paper on white paper.
9. We made a frame with colored Popsicle sticks, glued into a square and decorated with glitter glue.  We then framed our mosaic tile art and wrapped it for Daddy for Father's Day.
10. We made the 'Wet Chalk Pastels' pictures as seen in our The Everything Toddler Activities Book, page 64.
11. We made the 'Sparkly Pictures' as seen in our The Everything Toddler Activities Book, page 60.
Writing Practice and Letter Sounds (cont'd) ('F'):
1. We completed pages 16-17 of our Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read: Pre-K: Level 2 Workbook.
2. We practiced writing big letter 'F' and little letter 'f' in our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 17. We also read the 'F' tongue twister on the same page so she could hear the 'F' sound.
3. We completed the 'Friendly Fish' worksheet in our Disney Learning: The Alphabet workbook.
4. We completed page 7 of our Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Alphabet Learning Workbook.
5. We practiced writing lowercase 'f' in our Learn with Dick and Jane: lowercase letters workbook,
page 3.
6. We completed the 'F Is for Fish' activity in our Getting Your Preschooler Ready to Read workbook, page 81, which required her to identify pictures that start with the 'F' sound.
7. We completed the 'Beginning Consonant F, f' worksheet in our I Can Learn With Pooh: Early Skills: Beginning Sounds workbook, page 6.
8. We practiced writing her name (first and last) using our new Learn to Letter with Raised Ruling writing pad.

Tomorrow, we'll be in Auburn with our Preschool Outings group for a special produce tour of the Earth Fare grocery store, but we'll come home afterwards to explore color in art!  See you then!