Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fabulous Fall!

Here's another post that took some catching up over the weekend to finish! But, that's the beauty of homeschooling, right?  We can make our own hours and rest assured that everything will get done.  We have a really busy week ahead of us, so don't be surprised if this next week's work runs into next weekend as well!    Onto other things ... how is everyone loving this October weather?  We have been taking full advantage of it!

'I walked on paths of crisp, dry leaves after,
that flamed with color and crackled with laughter.'
(Author Unknown)

Here are some photos of our weekend work:

Creating 'Apple Orchards' on paper with apple stickers ...
Here, we're making 'Pretty Pasta' beads for our pasta necklace in honor of Keep Kids Creative Week.  For each color, mix two teaspoons of white vinegar with 12 drops of food coloring in a Ziploc bag.  Add 1/2 cup dried ziti to each bag and shake well.
Leave the pasta in the bags for about five minutes, shaking every so often.
After five minutes or so, spoon out the wet pasta onto paper towels to dry.  
After about twenty minutes, we flipped our pasta so that it could dry on the other side.  It was completely dry in about 45 minutes and ready to string!
Stringing her pasta beads ...
 Beautiful!
For her last journal entry of the week, I asked her, ' What's the best dinner you've ever had?'  She answered, 'Macaroni and cheese!'  Here is a picture of her, with macaroni and cheese in her belly!  (I love these drawings!)
At the park, collecting some leaves for some more Fall projects ...
After we collected some leaves, we set out to make Fall place mats by placing our leaves down onto the sticky side of clear contact paper.
Looking good!  After you've placed all your leaves, stick another piece of contact paper, the same size, down onto your existing sheet so that both sticky sides are together.  Press out any air bubbles and trim the edges of your mat.
Ta-da!  But wait!  She wasn't happy with the final result, so my little creative critter asked me for some Fall stickers to complete her mat.  Of course, I obliged.
Working some more ...
You're right, Mags!  That does look so much better!  :)
Next, for a counting activity, I had cut little pink 'cakes' out of construction paper and numbered them 1-8.  I then cut out little candles, with flames, so that she could match the correct number of candles to that cake.
First, placing her cakes in numerical order ...
Then, it was time to add the candles!
All done!  Great job!  (She was really proud of her work!)  :)
Later, we made some 'Leaf Glitter' by crunching up Fall leaves into tiny bits.
 The materials for our 'Leaf Glitter' art ... paper, white glue, and our leaves.
 Then, I made a leaf shape out of our glue onto the paper, and she got to work spreading her 'Leaf Glitter.'
 Done!
 Looks great!
For another counting activity, I numbered some brown paper bags 1-6.
We then went outdoors to find (and count!) things to go in each bag.
Back inside, we laid out the contents of each bag.

Over the weekend, we:
Daily (Calendar/Weather):
1.  We completed our calendar activities, putting the date up on the calendar, and discussing the month, the season, and what kind of weather we're having.
Bible Study:
1.  We completed the daily devotion out of our God and Me book, 'Baptism,' about being a part of God's family.  Then, we read Luke 2:22-23 together.
Fall:
1.  We collected some Fall leaves and made place mats by arranging the leaves between two sheets of clear contact paper.
2.  We also used some of our collected leaves, and made 'Leaf Glitter' to make a picture, as seen in our The Everything Toddler Activities Book, page 228.
Apples:
1.  We read Clifford the Big Red Dog: Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Liz Mills.
2.  We used the Apple Pickin’ sticker book we bought (with 600 stickers) to make apple orchard scenes, etc., on paper.
Letter Dd Review:
1.  We completed page 5 of our Disney Learning: The Alphabet: Grade K workbook, which required her to match the pictures that start with the d sound to the letter, and practice writing both uppercase D and lowercase d.
Math Concepts (Counting (cont'd)/Counting By 2's, 3's, and 4's):
1.  We read The Three Bears illustrated by Rob Hefferan (a Little Golden Book).
2.  We completed the 'Number Bag' activity out of our The Everything Toddler Activities Book, page 215.
3.  We completed the 'Birthday Cake' activity out of our The Everything Toddler Activities Book, page 215.
4.  We completed pages 42-44 of our Getting Your Preschooler Ready for Math workbook, which required her to determine quantities in sets up to 7.
Other:
1.  For her journal entry today, I asked her, 'What's the best dinner you've ever had?'  She answered, 'Macaroni and cheese!'

Our busy week ahead starts with a field trip tomorrow to Daddy's work!  Our friends, Leah, Lucy, and Jayden, will be joining us for a tour of Daddy's restaurant, then the girls will all be making their own lunch (donned out in chef apparel, of course!), and dessert, then dining at one of the tables!  Mags is so excited!  Look for another post in a bit about our week's plans for homeschooling after Monday's field trip!

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