Wednesday, September 14, 2011

'Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.' -- Henry David Thoreau

Happy Wednesday!  Today has been a bit lazy, but we still managed to get some work done.  Here are some photos:

Here, Mags is working on our water and sky art to illustrate the second day of God's Creation.
 Adding clouds ...
 And what's water without a little sparkly glitter?
 Done!
 Later, we made baked apples for snack while we read today's books about apples.  Scoop the core out of a clean apple and fill with 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the apple is soft.  
 Ready to eat!
 They're 'lick-the-bowl good!'
For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What's your favorite part of the day?'  Her answer was, 'Taking a bath.'  Here is her picture of herself in the tub, with the faucet at the top, spilling out water, and the tall soap holder at the right.  In the tub with her are her drumsticks.  Funny girl.  :)
 Next, we made the 'Wrinkly Apple' out of our 501 Science Experiments book.  It called for powdered bleach, but I just couldn't find any anywhere, so we'll have to see if it still works without it.  Here, Mags is pouring 1/4 cup salt in a bag.
 Then, we added 1/2 cup baking soda and shook it up.
Then, we carved a face into an apple using a popsicle stick ...
... and rolled the apple into our mixture.
 The experiment then calls for the open bag to be set in a warm spot for a while until the drying process begins.  We decided on the top of the fridge, but if the experiment doesn't work, I have a backup apple-drying experiment that uses the oven that we'll be trying soon.  Now, we wait ...
For a counting project, I came up with the idea to make a sticker chart.  (Maggie loves stickers, so I knew this would get her attention!)  I wrote the numbers 1-10 along the side of the paper, then drew lines to separate each row.  I then gave her a sheet of stickers, and told her to complete each row by looking at each number at the beginning of that row, and counting out that many stickers to finish it.  It was a hit!
 All done!  (She was quite proud of herself!)
 Later, for our study of the letter Bb, we used buttons to form both the uppercase and lowercase of the letter.
Bb!
We then decided to find something else we could do it with, but my rule was that it had to be something that started with the b sound.  Blocks!  

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 -- 'Bedtime Story,' about all the stories that God gave us to learn from. Then, we read 1 Samuel 3 together.
2.  We reread page 9 out of our The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children Stories, about the second day of Creation.
3.  We read page 10 of our Animals of the Bible For Young Children book, by Marie-Helene Delval, about how God made the sky and the sea.
4.  We reread page 3 of The Story of the Creation by Jane Ray.
5.  We made the water and sky art as seen at http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2011/02/day-2-of-creation-sky/, to illustrate what God created on the second day: the sky.
Apples:
1.  We read The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall.
2.  We read Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie by Herman Parish.
3.  We made the 'Oven-Baked Apples' recipe as seen in our Yum for Kids magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, page 36.
4.  We made the 'Wrinkly Apple' out of our 501 Science Experiments book (experiment #192).
Children's Good Manners Month:
1.  We read Please and Thank You Book by Richard Scarry.
2.  We read Thank You by Kelly Doudna.
3.  We completed the 'Mind Your Manners' worksheet out of our Character Counts! Respect workbook, page 12, which required her to choose the correct response to different situations.
4.  We watched the Barney: Best Manners DVD that we borrowed from Netflix.
Letter Bb Review:
1.  We completed page 3 of our I Can Learn With Pooh: Early Skills: Beginning Sounds workbook, which required her to identify items in the picture with the b sound.
2.  We completed page 77 of our Getting Your Preschooler Ready to Read workbook, which required her to circle the pictures that starts with the b sound.
3.  We completed page 6 of our I Can Learn With Pooh: Early Skills: Letter Recognition and Writing workbook, which required her to identify B and b among other letters, and write the same.
4.  We made an uppercase B and lowercase b on the table with buttons, and then with blocks.
5.  We practiced writing lowercase b on page 2 of our Learn with Dick and Jane: lowercase letters workbook.
Math Concepts (Counting):
1.  We read Ten Little Sleepyheads by Elizabeth Provost.
2.  We made a sticker chart and matched the correct number of star stickers to the numbers on the chart.
3.  We completed page 31 of our Getting Your Preschooler Ready for Math workbook, which required her to complete sequences of numbers.
Other:
1.  For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What is your favorite part of the day?'  Her answer was, 'Taking a bath.'

Tomorrow, we'll be doing a special counting project with the book, Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo. LeSieg (Dr. Seuss), and performing yet another science project with apples, so be sure to check back in with us!

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