Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Let the chaos commence!

'I've been so busy, I haven't had a chance to go crazy.'  -- Sarah McLachlan

Happy World Animal Day!  We started out the day by celebrating with some animal tunes on our way to our Forest Friends class in Auburn, where today's theme was 'Turkeys.'  After that, we came home to get started on today's homeschooling, including our study of National Newspaper Week, Great Books Week, and Squirrels.  What a week it will be!  There are so many things going on, there's no way I'll hear that annoying 'B-O-R-E-D' word!  Here are some photos from today:

Today's setup at Forest Friends!
Checking out the stand-up turkey!
Showing off her turkey craft using Fall leaves and a pine cone!
 Helping Ms. Jennifer make turkey calls ...
 Singing a turkey song with Ms. Daisy ...
Once home, we got right to work celebrating World Animal Day.  Here, Mags is doing some animal worksheets with reusable stickers.
Mixing black and white paint to make gray for our hand print elephant ...
 Making eyes on the head of our hand print lion ...
 All done!  And really easy!
For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What is your favorite animal and why?'  Her response was, 'A kitty cat because it's so cute!'  (Here is her picture of her favorite cat, Sweetheart.)
 Today, we also honored National Newspaper Week.  Here, Mags is making a guess as to what each story is about based on the photos she sees.
Counting the acorns she's feeding our toilet paper tube squirrel ...
After we made a forest of trees on paper with crayons, I gave her some stickers of squirrels to put on the ground and branches.  After she was done placing them, she counted them ... 10!
Checking out the leaves that we pressed last week!
We identified the leaves, then cut them in half and glued one half of each on paper.  Then, we drew in the other half with pen and used colored pencils to try to match the colors we saw in the real leaves.
There are golds and browns in this leaf!
All done!
Looks great!
With our leftover leaves, we pressed them between sheets of contact paper, then cut them out, strung them, and hung them from a branch we found outside to make our 'Leaf Mobile.'  (She was really proud of it and insisted it hang in her room!)

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 -- 'Working Together.'  Then, we read Nehemiah 2 and 3 together.
World Animal Day:
1.  We read Out and About at the Zoo by Kathleen W. Deady.
2.  We read Animals Born Alive and Well by Ruth Heller.
3.  We read Hidden Hippo by Joan Gaanij & Clare Beaton.
4.  We read Elusive Moose by Joan Gaanij & Clare Beaton.
5.  We read Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett.
6.  We listened to the 'Animals' song on our Wee Sing and Pretend cassette tape (Side A, track 1).
7.  We listened to the 'Animal Action' song on our Wee Sing and Pretend cassette tape (Side A, track 8).
8.  We listened to our Favorite Animal Songs CD on our way to Forest Friends today.
9.  We completed pages 37-48 of our Sesame Street: Elmo's World: Super Sticker Book, which required her to distinguish between wild and domestic animals, match animals to their homes, match animals to their tracks, and recognize nocturnal animals, using reusable stickers.
10.  We made the hand print elephant as seen at http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Hand-Print-Elephant.html, and the hand print lion as seen at http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Hand-Print-Lion.html.
11.  For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What is your favorite animal and why?'  She answered, 'A kitty cat because it's so cute!'
Universal Children's Week:
1.  We read Children by Gail Saunders-Smith.
Great Books Week:
1.  We read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
2.  We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
3.  We read Corduroy by Don Freeman.
4.  We read Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.
5.  We read Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.
National Newspaper Week:
1.  We read Deadline! From News to Newspaper by Gail Gibbons.
2.  We looked through a newspaper together and focused on the photos that went along with the stories.  We guessed what each story was about based on that photo, then read the stories to see if our guesses were accurate.
Squirrel Awareness Month:
1.  We read Squirrels and Chipmunks by Allan Fowler.
2.  We read Busy, Busy Squirrels by Colleen Stanley Bare.
3.  We read Merle The High Flying Squirrel by Bill Peet.
4.  We read The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter.
5.  We read the poem, 'How Many Nuts?,' out of our High Five magazine, October 2010, pages 16-17.
6.  We made the squirrel toilet paper tube craft as seen at http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/msquirrel.htm.
7.  We drew a forest with crayons on paper, then added squirrel stickers to the same.
Raptor Month (General):
1.  We read Raptors by Bobbie Kalman.
1.  We removed the leaves that we pressed last week, then identified the tree for each leaf.  After we identified them, we made the 'Leaf Mobile' as seen in Family Fun magazine, October 2011, page 15 and the leaf art as seen at http://krokotak.com/2010/09/dorisuvay-esenite-lista/.
Letter Ee Review:
1.  We read Ee by Kelly Doudna.
2.  We read My "e" Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure.
3.  We read Ee by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann.
4.  We looked at the Ee letter page we made last year to review words that start with E, and looked at our picture dictionary under Ee as well.
5.  We completed a dot-to-dot uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e.
6.  We completed pages 14-15 of our Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read Pre-K Level Workbook, which required her to color the uppercase E and lowercase e, and identify the pictures in the group that begin with the e sound.
Math Concepts (Counting Review):
1.  We practiced counting 1-100 again, using our 'Numbers 1-100' poster.  Then, I quizzed her by asking her to point out specific numbers that I called out.

Check us out again tomorrow when we enjoy a special 'acorn snack' in our lesson on 'Squirrels,' study eagles, and make prints with Fall mums!

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