Tuesday, September 27, 2011

'It's not easy being green!' -- Kermit the Frog

Welcome to our 4th week of Pre-K!  This week, we'll be studying the Bible, National Good Neighbor Day, Keep Kids Creative Week, Fall, Apples, Children's Good Manners Month, and the letter Dd.  We started off the week with our Forest Friends class this morning, where we studied small mammals.  Here are some photos from the same:

A little critter that was waiting for us today at Forest Friends!  (An interesting fact I learned today:  The chance of rabies in an opossum is extremely rare!  Scientists think it has something to do with the opossum's low body temperature (94-97 degrees Fahrenheit), making it difficult for the virus to survive in its body.  I never would have guessed!) 
 Maggie, helping Ms. Libby set up today's craft!  :)
 Feeling a coyote's hide ...
 Making a raccoon puppet!
 She decided her raccoon needed lots of extra color!
 Snazzy!
 Making animal tracks in the sandbox ...
 Today's snack was Kermit the Frog, made out of apples and a marshmallow, decorated with a food color pen!  (I'm quite proud of how it turned out!)
 She was thrilled with him, too!  
 Later, we made some crackers to look like Fall leaves!  With cookie cutters, we cut shapes out of wonton wrappers, then sprayed them with cooking spray.
 After that, we seasoned them with sesame seeds and dried parsley, and put them in a 400-degree oven for four minutes.
They turned out beautifully!
Then, we took the Fall leaves we had collected today and discussed their sizes, shapes, and colors.
 We picked a few for drying and pressing in books, for working with again at a later date ...
And with the leaves that were left, we made a Fall 'Leaf Crown,' using construction paper, our leaves, and a glue stick. 
 Very cute!
 Time to snack on those crackers we made!  Delicious!
 Later, in honor of Keep Kids Creative Week (and our Bible devotional this morning, 'Mixing Colors is Great Fun!'), we set up glasses of water, with wooden skewers for stirring, and experimented with adding drops of food coloring to see what colors we could make.
 'Blue and yellow make green!'
 After we were done mixing,  I gave her the medicine dropper to take water from one glass and mix it into another to variate our colors some more.  (Teaching them to properly use a medicine dropper is GREAT for motor skills!)
 She could have done this for an hour!
After color mixing, we got to work on our 'Taffy Apple Pizza' for tonight's dessert.  First, you pat a little more than 1/2 cup of refrigerated sugar cookie dough onto a pizza stone or onto a pizza pan, coated with cooking spray, to make a diameter of about 7.5 inches.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.  Let cool.
Next, mix together 3 ounces of softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract until well blended and creamy.  Spread over your cooled cookie.
Mags is demonstrating here how good this peanut butter mixture is!  Silly girl!
 After that, arrange thin slices of half of a medium tart apple onto the cookie, and sprinkle with chopped peanuts, a drizzle of caramel topping, and a bit of cinnamon.  Cut into wedges and serve!  YUM!
 For some more color mixing practice, we held up two small squares of tissue paper (each a different color) to the light to see what color was made.
Then, we took our squares and adhered them to a large leaf cut from paper to make a colorful Fall collage!

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 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 -- 'Mixing Colors is Great Fun!', about all the people in our lives that teach us.  Then, we read Daniel 1:3-17 together.
Keep Kids Creative Week:
1.  We did the 'Magical Water Mixing' and 'Tissue Paper Collage Leaf' as seen at http://www.mrsbrownart.com/kindergarten.htm, so we could both see the results of mixing colors (which coincided with today's Bible lesson), to honor Keep Kids Creative Week.  (The leaf pattern also credited our study of Fall!)
Fall:
1.  We read Now It's Fall! by Jeanie Lee.
2.  We read Fall Leaves by Mary Packard.
3.  We read The Falling Leaves by Steve Metzger.
4.  We read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro.
5.  We collected leaves of every shape, size, and color.  Then, we slid our finds between the pages of a heavy book for a few days to press them. Once they are flattened, we will use the internet to identify the names for our leaves, and mount them on paper, making a label for each.
6.  We made a 'Leaf Crown,' as seen in our The Everything Toddler Activities Book, page 227.
7.  We made the 'Leaf Collection' spiced crackers as seen in Parents magazine, October 2009, page 190.
8.  For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What are you most looking forward to doing this Fall?'  Her response was, 'Looking around for leaves.'
Apples:
1.  We read One Green Apple by Eve Bunting.
2.  We sang the 'Apple' and 'Have You Ever Seen An Apple' songs as provided on the Columbus Public Library 'Apples N’ Pumpkins' idea sheet.
3.  We made the 'Taffy Apple Pizza' as seen in our Fun Food 2011 magazine, page 73.
4.  We made the Kermit apple snack as seen at http://family.go.com/food/recipe-1022462-kermits-green-apples-peanut-butter-dip-t/?cmp=SMC-FB_Fcom_092411_[kermit]_[food]_[Family.com].
Letter Dd Review:
1.  We read Dd by Kelly Doudna.
2.  We read My "d" Book by Jane Belk Moncure.
3.  We looked at the Dd letter page we made last year to review words that start with the d sound.  We looked at the d words in our picture dictionary as well.
4.  We completed a dot-to-dot letter D and d.
5.  We completed pages 10-11 of our Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read Pre-K Level Workbook, which required her to color the uppercase D and lowercase d, and identify the pictures that begin with the d sound.
Math Concepts (Counting (cont'd)/Counting By 2's, 3's, and 4's):
1.  We read One Was Johnny: A Counting Book by Maurice Sendak.
2.  We read Who Wants One? by Mary Serfozo.
3.  We read Let's Count Critters 1-20 by Caolan Madden.
4.  We completed page 40 of our Getting Your Preschooler Ready for Math workbook, which required her to determine quantity in sets up to 5.
Other:
1.  We attended Forest Friends at Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve in Auburn, where we studied 'Small Mammals.'

Join us again tomorrow when we'll be celebrating National Good Neighbor Day and enjoying a playdate with our friends, Leah and Lucy, as we prep for our field trip on Thursday to see Oliviatown.

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