Tuesday, October 18, 2011

'Ghost Toast' and 'Cupcake Crayons'

Welcome to Week 7 of Pre-K!  Today, we celebrated National Chocolate Cupcake Day, with, of course, chocolate cupcakes and a neat crayon craft, after our last class of Forest Friends where today's theme was 'Unhuggables.'  This week, we'll also be studying Kids Care Week, Eat Better, Eat Together Month, National Popcorn Poppin' Month, Halloween, Letter Gg, Many/Few and More/Less in math, and on Friday, we'll be honoring Reptile Awareness Day.  Hope you can keep up!

For breakfast, I made the 'Ghost Toast' out of the Martha Stewart: Holiday: Halloween: Good Things magazine, page 37.  To make it, cut ghost shapes out of bread with a cookie cutter.  Spread each piece with butter, then sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until toasted.
 YUM!  We took our breakfast out the door with us on our way to Forest Friends.
The 'Unhuggables' set-up!  Snakes and spiders and bats, oh my!
Getting a hug from a python ...
 She lives for this stuff!
 Showing off her paper chain snake that Ms. Libby helped us make!
After Forest Friends, it was home to finish up today's homeschooling!  Did I mention it was National Chocolate Cupcake Day?  Oh, yes, I did.  Well, it's worth mentioning again, don't you think?  And what better way to celebrate it than by eating one?
 After our chocolaty snack, we then made a 'Cupcake Crayon,' as seen in our The Everything Toddler Activities Book, page  63.  We gathered all of our broken bits of brown crayons and a muffin cup liner and set to work to make one big crayon.
 First, we removed all the paper.
 Then, we put all of our small crayons into the muffin cup liner and put that into a muffin tin.  Bake at 300 degrees until melted, about 10-15 minutes.
 Once melted, remove from the oven and let cool.
 After your 'Cupcake Crayon' has cooled, peel away the paper and let the creativity flow!
After our celebration of National Chocolate Cupcake Day was done, we then started our study of National Popcorn Poppin' Month (Isn't food fun?) by completing the 'POP! Goes the Corn' experiment out of Science Fun With Peanuts and Popcorn by Rose Wyler, pages 36-37.  For the same, you need 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of popcorn kernels, a frying pan, and a lid.  First, add your oil to the pan, not yet heated.  By the way, this was the first time I had ever popped corn in a pan like this.  Wait for the fun that ensued ... 
Then, add your tablespoon of popcorn kernels.
 Next, put your pan on a heated burner and once the kernels start to swell, shake a little and immediately cover the pan with your lid.  Keep shaking as the kernels explode.
 Unfortunately, we weren't fast enough.  The kernels started spewing before I could get the lid all the way on, and I hollered at Maggie to leave the kitchen and unable to get the lid on because of the splattering grease, ran out myself.  Fun times.
 Yes, this is what the kitchen looked like after all of our kernels were done popping.  (It was actually much messier when you consider all the grease spots EVERYWHERE.)  [sigh]  Don't do as I did.
 The popcorn that didn't land on the floor we lightly salted for a snack.
 Here, Mags is telling the story again of how Mom's cooking exploded.  :)
 With what was left on the floor, we played 'Popcorn Toss.'
 Leaning in closer ...
 She throws like her Mom!  :)
Later, we made the 'Ghostly Sponge Prints,' as seen in our The Little Hands Big Fun Craft Book, pages 104-105, using black paper, white paint, a brush, and a ghost shape that I cut out of a kitchen sponge.  (Later, you will need a black marker to add facial features to your spooks.)
 Use your brush to add paint to your sponge shape and press on your paper.
 Once dry, use a marker to add eyes and mouths to your ghost shapes.
 Looks great, Mags!
After that, we completed a math activity (this week, we're covering Many/Few and More/Less) using a deck of cards (as seen in our Math Play book, page 96).  I placed four number cards on the table and had her tell me which card represented 'More,' and which represented 'Less,' and so on.  I continued to change out the cards until I felt the lesson was complete.
Finally, for our afternoon snack, I made the orange bell pepper jack-o-lanterns as seen in the Yum for Kids magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, page 87.  You simply need an orange bell pepper, a paring knife, and some dip of your choice.  Carve your pepper the same way you would a pumpkin, by cutting off the top, scooping out the seeds, and carving a face.  (I would make sure your mouth is higher than I made mine, because once I set him on the plate, his mouth was almost too low to see!)
 I then filled him with cucumber scraps from when we made our 'Carrot Parrot' last week, put some dip on the plate, and popped his top back on.
 He was a hit with Mags, too!  :)
In addition to the above, we also:
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 -- 'Worrying.'  Then, we read 1 Peter 5:7 together.
National Chocolate Cupcake Day:
1.  We read Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper.
2.  We read The Little Cupcakes by Anthony King.
3.  For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What would be most delicious on top of a chocolate cupcake?'  She answered, 'A cherry!'
Kids Care Week:
1.  We read The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts by Jan & Mike Bernstein.
National Popcorn Poppin' Month:
1.  We read Popcorn! By Elaine Landau.
Eat Better, Eat Together Month:
1.  We read Fruits by Emily K. Green.
2.  We read Vegetables by Emily K. Green.
1.  We read Shel Silverstein's poem, 'The One Who Invented Trick or Treat,' out of his Every Thing On It book, page 13.
2.  We read Halloween by Mari C. Schuh.
3.  We read Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson.  (This is a GREAT book!)
4.  We read The Berenstain Bears and the Haunted House by Jan & Mike Bernstein.
5.  We read Arthur's Halloween by Marc Brown.
6.  We read Whooo's Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost? by Kay Winters.
7.  We watched the Little Bear: Halloween Stories DVD that we borrowed from the library.
8.  We listened to our Wee Sing for Halloween CD on the way to Forest Friends.
9.  We watched the Shelly Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow DVD that we borrowed from the library, in preparation for tomorrow's field trip.
10.  We watched the Spongebob Squarepants: Halloween DVD that we borrowed from Netflix.
Letter Gg Review:
1.  We read My "g" Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure.
2.  We looked at the Gg letter page we made last year to review words that start with G.  We then looked at our picture dictionary under Gg.
3.  We completed a dot-to-dot uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g.
4.  We completed pages 18-19 of our Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read Pre-K Level Workbook, which required her to color the uppercase G and lowercase g, and to identify the pictures in the group that begin with the g sound.

Tomorrow, we go back to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta for our field trip to see 'The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow.'  We can't wait!  Check back for pictures from the same, as well as ideas for a super-cute Halloween lunch!


  1. She is a brave child for letting that snake crawl on her! :) My husband likes to pop his popcorn on the stove and make a mess for me to clean up too.

  2. Annie, she has no fear! We have strict instructions for her should she ever run into one outdoors. And, yes, I am a fan of the microwave! :)