Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chocolate Dipping and 'Red Hot Applesauce'

Welcome to our second week of Pre-K!  This week, we'll be celebrating International Chocolate Day (It's today!), Mayflower Day (this Friday), and continuing our study of Apples and Children's Good Manners Month, as well as reviewing the letter Bb, and Counting.

We started our first day of this second week at The Columbus Museum for Toddler Time, where we read Beach Day! by Patricia Lakin, and made a 'Beach in a Bottle' in the art studio.  After that, we headed home for a full day of learning.  Here are today's photos:

Pouring sand through a funnel to make her 'Beach in a Bottle' in the art studio at The Columbus Museum ...
 Adding some seashells ...
 All done!
 Of course, we can never visit the museum without spending some time at the light box (Mags' favorite!).  (She'll be excited to know I have plans to soon make one at home for homeschooling!)
 Here, we're getting ready to make 'Red Hot Applesauce.'  First, we washed and peeled seven apples.
Then, we cored each, and followed that by chopping each apple into tiny bits.  (I'm loving my new corer/slicer!)
 Next, we added 1/4 cup apple juice and 1/2 cup Red Hots to our apples and stirred it all together.
 Heat the mixture, covered, on low for 1 hour.
 After an hour, the Red Hots had melted into our apples, giving them a nice red color!
 We then blended the mixture until it was consistent with applesauce.
 YUM!  So tasty!
 Then, we poured some of the sauce into baby food jars, added green ribbon and green paper leaves to look like little apples!
They turned out so cute and so good!  They're ready to share!
Next, we made our light box to illustrate God's first day of Creation.  Here, Mags is painting the inside of a shoe box black.
 Almost done ...
After we let it dry, we poked holes on both ends (one side with a hole large enough to fit her flashlight and the other side just large enough to see through) and dimmed the lights.
Looking through, she saw darkness, until we turned on the flashlight and she could see light.
Dark.
 Light.
 Checking out the mechanics of it ...
For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What if it rained apple juice?'  Her response was, 'It would squirt like lemons!'  Here is a picture of Al, Maggie, and myself, being rained on by apple juice and lemon juice.  (I also gave her some scratch & sniff apple stickers to add to today's entry.)
Later, for a counting activity, we strung fruit loops onto yarn.  (I would call out a number, and she would count out that many fruit loops, and then string them.)  
 Afterwards, we tied it, and counted all of the loops together.  (We had 40!)
In honor of International Chocolate Day, our afternoon snack consisted of some more chocolate dipping, this time, with marshmallows!
 Then, we dipped our confections in some sprinkles because what dessert isn't more fun with sprinkles?
 After a few minutes in the freezer to harden, they were ready to eat!
So good, we're wearing it!  :)

Today, we:
Daily (Calendar/Weather):
1.  We completed our calendar activities (using our laminated Velcro posters), 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 read the first story out of our The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children Stories, 'The Beginning,' pages 7-13, about the story of Creation.  (We had to come up with an alternate Bible study than the one out of our God and Me devotional book, as today's devotional was about the importance of siblings.)
2.  We read The Story of the Creation by Jane Ray.
3.  We made a light box, as seen at http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2011/02/day-1-of-creation-light/, to illustrate what God created on the first day: light.
International Chocolate Day:
1.  We looked through The Story of Chocolate by C. J. Polin, and discussed the same.
2.  We looked through The Biography of Chocolate by Adrianna Morganelli, and discussed the same.
3.  We looked through Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest by Robert Burleigh, and discussed the same.
4.  We read The Chocolate Cat by Sue Stainton.
5.  We completed the 'Chocolate Dipping Party' activity out of our Toddler's Busy Play Book, page 223, using marshmallows, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and sprinkles.
Apples:
1.  We read Apples by Gail Gibbons.
2.  We read Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington.
3.  We read Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson.
4.  We made a batch of the 'Red Hot Applesauce' as seen at http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2010/09/red-hot-applesauce/.
5.  For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What if it rained apple juice?'  Her response was, 'It would squirt like lemons!'  (Funny girl!)
Children's Good Manners Month:
1.  We read The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
2.  We read Book of Bad Manners by Stoo Hample.
3.  We watched The Berenstain Bears: Bears Mind Their Manners DVD that we borrowed from Netflix.
Letter Bb Review:
1.  We read The Berenstains' B Book by Stanley & Janice Berenstain.
2.  We read My "b" Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure.
3.  We looked at the Bb letter page we made last year to review words that start with the b sound.  We looked at our picture dictionary under Bb as well.
4.  We completed a dot-to-dot of uppercase letter B and lowercase letter b.
5.  We completed pages 6-7 of our Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read Pre-K Level Workbook, which required her to color the uppercase B and lowercase b, and identify the pictures that begin with the b sound.
Math Concepts (Counting):
1.  We played with our Crayola: Count Me Puzzle.
2.  We used fruit loops and yarn to make a counting necklace.  I called out a number and had her put that number of loops onto her yarn.  We continued this until we were ready to tie it, then she ate the loops off the yarn for snack.
Other:
1.  We attended Toddler Time at The Columbus Museum, where we read Beach Day! by Patricia Lakin, then made a 'Beach in a Bottle' in the art studio.

Check back with us tomorrow when we make art to represent the second day of Creation, and snack on homemade 'Oven-Baked Apples!'  See you then!

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