Thursday, September 8, 2011

'Watermelon Waffles' and Johnny Appleseed

Happy Thursday, everyone!  We are again fully in the mix of things, with both of us pretty used to the new schedule ... just in time to throw it off tomorrow for our first field trip!  We're excited, though!  We have a lot more field trips planned for this year than we did last year.  There's plenty to look forward to!

Today, we continued our study of the Bible, National Waffle Week, Children's Good Manners Month, the letter Aa, Counting, and Apples.  Speaking of apples, did you know that China grows the most apples in the world?  In fact, it produces more than one-third!

Some photos from today:

 Ready to make our 'Watermelon Waffles' in honor of National Waffle Week, I prepared some waffle batter, divided it, coloring one half pink and the other half green, and got my chocolate chips ('watermelon seeds') ready!
 Once the waffle iron was hot, I poured the green batter around the edges, the pink batter in the center, and sprinkled the chocolate chips within the pink batter, simulating a slice of watermelon.
' Watermelon Waffles,' ready to eat!
 They were well received!  :)
 Today, we studied Johnny Appleseed.  Here, 'Maggie Appleseed' is showing off her Johnny Appleseed toilet paper tube model of the legend.
 For snack, we made 'Edible Apple Prints,' using different flavors of Go-Gurt yogurt as our paint, and an apple as our stamp!
 Our palette is ready!
 The artist at work ...
(She liked mixing the colors to make rainbow prints.)
When she was done painting, it made a great snack!
Making our 'Fingerprint Apple Trees' ...
 Maggie's and Mommy's apple trees ... so cute!
Today's journal question was, 'If you could plant any one thing like Johnny Appleseed, what would you plant?'  Her answer? 'Apples.'  (I was hoping for a little more creativity here, but at least I can be glad this theme is hitting home.)
Then, it was break time!  (This playground is getting so much speed from us!)
 On our way back inside, we saw so many butterflies!
 Using a color code with the words 'please' and 'thank you' in our study of Children's Good Manners Month to see a picture revealed ...
 Ready to paint with waffles!  (Make sure they're frozen or else they'll be too limp!)
Our waffle prints turned out so cute!

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 completed the daily devotion out of our God and Me book, for today's date -- 'Packing Up,' about no matter where we are, God is with us.  Then, we read Psalm 139:7-10 together.
National Waffle Week:
1.  For breakfast, we made the 'Watermelon Waffles' as seen at
2.  We painted with frozen waffles and made waffle prints.
1.  We made the 'Edible Apple Prints' as seen in our Toddler's Busy Play Book, page 26, for snack.
2.  We read Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg.
3.  We read Johnny Appleseed by Patricia DeMuth.
4.  We read Walt Disney's 1969 version of Johnny Appleseed (a Golden Book).
5.  We watched the Wholesome Heroes: Johnny Appleseed DVD that we borrowed from the library.  (This video and the one below were a bit old for her, but when that is the case, I usually play it in the background while we do our applicable crafts.  She'll look up at it when she hears something that interests her, but requiring her to sit in front of it just doesn't make sense.)
6.  We watched the Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends: Johnny Appleseed DVD that we borrowed from the library.
7.  We watched the Johnny Appleseed clip on the American Legends DVD that we borrowed from Netflix. (This video clip was very much her speed, and she loved it!)
8.  We made the toilet paper tube Johnny Appleseed craft as seen at
9.  We made the fingerprint apple tree as seen at
10.  We sang the 'Do You Know the Apple Man?' song (sung to tune of 'The Muffin Man'):
Oh, do you know the Apple Man,
The Apple Man, The Apple Man?
Oh, do you know the Apple Man
He planted apple seeds.

He wore a pot upon his head,
Upon his head, upon his head.
He wore a pot upon his head.
His name was Johnny Appleseed.

John Chapman was his real name,
His real name, his real name.
John Chapman was his real name;
But, we call him Johnny Appleseed.
11.  For her journal entry today, I asked her, 'If you could plant any one thing like Johnny Appleseed, what would you plant?'  Her response? 'Apples.'
Children's Good Manners Month:
1.  We read Manners by Aliki.
2.  We completed the 'Magic Words Mystery Picture' out of our Character Counts! Respect workbook, page 11, which required her to use crayons to color the sections labeled, 'please,' orange, and the sections labeled, 'thank you,' green, until a picture was revealed with the colors.
Letter Aa Review:
1.  We completed page 2 of our Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Alphabet Learning Workbook, which required her to practice writing both uppercase A and lowercase a, to write an a in a word to complete that word, and to identify all words on the page with an a in them.
2.  We completed page 106 of our Getting Your Preschooler Ready to Read workbook, which required her to identify the pictures that start with the short a sound, and write an a under those pictures.
Math Concepts (Counting):
1.  We completed page 11 of our Winnie-the-Pooh's 1-2-3 Sticker Storybook, which required her to count objects throughout a number chart and place the appropriate number sticker next to that group of objects.
2.  We played with our Sesame Street: My First 123s Deluxe Activity Cards together (numbers 1-25),   counting the objects on the cards together, tracing the numbers with our fingers, and playing a sequencing game with them, putting them in numerical order.

Overall, it was a great day!  Tomorrow is our big field trip, so our post may be later in the day, but we'll be back with plenty of pictures!  Thanks for checking in!

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