Wednesday, September 21, 2011

So 'DOG-gone' cute!

Today, we packed it in, since yesterday's doctor's appointment threw a wrench into our plans.  Here are some photos:

Mags, with all her stuffed animals, and munching on animal crackers, ready to watch our video in honor of the sixth day of Creation, when God made animals and man.
 For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What is your favorite animal that God made?'  Her response was, 'A monkey.'  (You can somewhat make him out in her picture of him, here in his tree.)
 Playing with the Magic Towel I gave her to find out the secret picture ...
 It's a dog, in honor of National Dog Week!
 Making apple prints with a few more colors than the prints we made together last year ...
 All done!
The 'Mini Caramel Apples' I made to add to her lunch today!  First, I used a melon baller to scoop out pieces of a Granny Smith apple, making sure each piece had some of the apple's skin intact.  Then, I pushed a 4-inch lollipop stick into the center of the skin of each piece and patted them until dry.  Next, I melted peanut butter chips (I thought they might be tastier and healthier on the apples than caramel or the recommended butterscotch chips) on the stove, according to the package directions, and dipped my apples into the melted chips.  I then immediately dipped my apples into colored sprinkles.  Finally, I put each piece in a paper candy cup and popped them into the fridge to set until lunchtime.  They were relatively easy to make (though the peanut butter chips were probably harder to work with than caramel would have been), and they ended up tasting so good!
Mags' lunch!
In our study of Cc, we read C is for Clown: A Circus of "C" Words by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
Making Ccs with crayons (to represent the hard c sound) ...
 ... and cereal (to represent the soft c sound)!
Cutting out numbers from dough, and placing them in the correct numerical order ...
 For afternoon snack, I made these super cute 'Best Friend Cupcakes' using Milano cookies for the ears, a chocolate candy coating disc and a yellow and brown M&M for the eyes and nose, and black decorating gel to add details.
I got a shot of her reaction after uncovering her eyes!  He was a hit!  :)
 Making apple art using paint on a pencil eraser (I made the outline and she filled it in) ...
Love it!

Today, we:
Daily (Calendar/Weather):
1.  We completed our calendar activities, putting today's date up on the calendar, and discussing the month, what day of the week it is, what date, what season, and what kind of weather we're having.
Bible Study:
1.  We completed the daily devotion out of our God and Me book, for today's date -- 'Smiling,' about being happy that God loves us.  Then, we read Philippians 4:4 together.
2.  We reread page 13 out of our The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children Stories, about the sixth day of Creation.
3.  We reread pages 14-21 of The Story of the Creation by Jane Ray.
4.  We read pages 16-18 of our Animals of the Bible For Young Children book, by Marie-Helene Delval, about how God made the creatures of the land and how man named each animal God put on it.
5.  We gathered her stuffed animals and snacked on animal crackers to honor what God created on the sixth day: animals and man.  Then, we watched some of our Disney Nature: Earth DVD together.
6.  We listened to the 'God Made Me' song on the Bible Songs for Kids CD that we borrowed from the library (track 5).
Turn Off TV Week:
1.  We read The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
National Dog Week:
1.  We read Dogs by Gail Gibbons.
2.  We read A Dozen Dogs by Harriet Ziefert (a counting book).
3.  We read The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems.
4.  We read Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont.
5.  We read Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman.
6.  We read Dog Eared by Amanda Harvey.
7.  We read our 'The Adventures of Spot' comic strip in our High Five magazine, November 2010, page 5.
8.  We read the 'Daisy' poem out of our Zany Zoo book by William Wise (a great book).  I really want to share the poem with you here since it's that cute:
     'Daisy'
     There was a dog named Daisy,
     Who did not care for meat.
     In fact, ripe watermelon
     Was what she liked to eat.
     Her diet was eccentric
     But not an act of folly.
     She loved that juicy fruit because
     She was a melon collie.
9.  We watched the 'Hello Doggie' episode on our Sid the Science Kid: The Bug Club DVD.  
10.  We played with the Magic Dog Towel she got as a surprise in honor of National Dog Week.
11.  We made the 'Best Friend Cupcakes' as seen in our Fun Food 2011 magazine (page 23).
12.  We completed pages 1 and 53 of our Mazes workbook.
Apples:
1.  We made the 'Mini Caramel Apples' as seen in Family Fun magazine, September 2008, page 34.
2.  We made the 'Print 'Em' apple prints as seen in Family Fun magazine, October 2008, page 58.
3.  We made the pencil eraser apple art, as seen in one of my many magazine cut-outs.
Children's Good Manners Month:
1.  We read Madeline Says Merci: The-Always-Be-Polite Book by John Bemelmans Marciano.
Letter Cc Review:
1.  We completed page 4 of our I Can Learn With Pooh: Early Skills: Beginning Sounds workbook, which required her to identify words that start with the hard c sound.
2.  We made an uppercase C and lowercase c on the table with crayons, and then cereal.
3.  We practiced writing lowercase c on page 2 of our Learn with Dick and Jane: lowercase letters workbook.
Math Concepts (Counting):
1.  We read Count! by Denise Fleming.
2.  We read How Many, How Many, How Many by Rick Walton.
3.  We looked at and counted together the numbers on our Numbers 1-100 poster.
4.  We rolled out play dough and used our number cookie cutters to cut out numbers, then put them in numerical order.
5.  We completed pages 34 and 35 in our Getting Your Preschooler Ready for Math workbook, which required her to recognize and sequence numbers 1-15.

Tomorrow is Elephant Appreciation Day, so we'll be doing some fun activities to celebrate that, as well as cooking up a treat for some dogs we'll be visiting on Friday, making some mini apple trees, and doing a special math project with jellybeans!  Come back!

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