Thursday, November 3, 2011

'Birch-Bark Mobile' and 'Indian Feathered Headband'

Happy Sandwich Day!  Today, we stayed in and did some catch-up work as well as continued our study of Native Americans and National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month.  Here are some photos:

We made peanut butter play dough, using the recipe at  For the same, you need 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup Karo syrup, 1 1/2 cups powdered milk, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
 Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
 Then, play!
Later, we made 'Birch-Bark' decorations for a Thanksgiving mobile.  (We got this idea out of our Happy Thanksgiving! Things to Make and Do book by Judith Conaway.  From the same: 'At the time of the first Thankgsiving, the Indians made cutouts like these from birch bark, using stone knives.')  For our 'Birch Bark,' we used colored construction paper, a ruler, and a black crayon.  
 Using your ruler, make small, short lines across your page every half inch or so, like below.
 It's takes a bit of time, but worth the effort.
Next, fold your 'Birch Bark' in half, and use Native American patterns, cut in half like below, to lay along the fold.  (Our patterns came out of the book, but I'm sure you can find some of your own by typing the same into your search engine.)  Cut out your shape and unfold your 'Birch Bark.'  
 Our 'Birch-Bark Eagle.'
 Some more of our shapes:  an ear of corn, two in a canoe, an autumn leaf, a turtle, an oak blossom, a man, and a woman.
 Then, we set out to put our 'Birch Bark' pieces into a mobile, using yarn, a hole punch, some branches with twigs from outdoors, scissors, and our shapes.
We punched holes into the tops of our shapes using our hole punch, then threaded them onto our yarn.
 After each shape was threaded, we tied them onto our branches to make a fun Thanksgiving mobile!
Later for lunch, in honor of Sandwich Day and National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month, I made a peanut butter sandwich buffet bar, using quarters of bread, our homemade peanut butter from yesterday, grape jelly, strawberry jam, cream cheese, banana slices, pear slices, and pretzel sticks.  
 Getting to work, preparing her lunch ...
 Getting more creative ...
A sandwich masterpiece!  :)
After lunch, we checked the mail to find the out-of-print book I ordered waiting for us!  WE LOVE THIS BOOK!  It's a great story and the little girl in it is named, 'Maggie,' so I have been wanting a copy forever.  Since it's out of print, it's hard to come by at a reasonable price, so when I finally came across an opportunity to own it, I grabbed it!  Check it out of your library for a fun Thanksgiving read!
We then did a bit of letter Gg review, making both uppercase letter G and lowercase letter g with glue, then sprinkling the same with glitter.
 'Glue and glitter start with G!'
 We then made the distinction between the two sounds G makes (soft as in giraffe, and hard as in grasshopper) by making a simple chart with cut-out pictures with one of the two sounds.  She sorted them and glued them in the column where each belonged.
 (She sometimes gets irritated at my trusty camera!)  :)
After that, we worked on an 'Indian Feathered Headband,' also from our Happy Thanksgiving! Things to Make and Do book.  For the same, you need some cardboard (I used the piece that today's book came in!), a ruler, some yarn, a hole punch, scissors, a pencil, construction paper, and crayons.
 First, to make your feathers for your headband, cut out two strips from your construction paper, both 2 inches wide and about 6 and a half inches long.  Fold each piece in half lengthwise and copy the pattern you see below onto one folded side of each piece.
 Next, cut out your feathers, and add some color and details.
 Finally, cut a few notches into your feathers to make them look realistic.
Now we're ready to work on the main part of the headband.  Use a string to measure the circumference of your child's head.  Cut a strip from your cardboard 2 inches wide and as long as the string you measured.  Next, punch holes across the middle of your cardboard strip, making the holes about an inch apart and being sure to end with an even number of holes.  Thread your yarn through the holes, like below.
 Then, you can draw some Indian designs onto your headband.
 Maggie's pattern!  :)
Finally, attach your feathers to the inside of your headband using a bit of tape before you tie the headband securely around your child's head.  Instant Native American!  :)

In addition to the above, 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 Matthew 9:9-13 together.
American Indian Heritage Month:
1.  We read Weapons of the American Indians by Matt Doeden.
2.  We read The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 by Betsy Maestro.
3.  We read The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George.
4.  We read One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy.
5.  We read Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp.
6.  We read Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman & Sylvia Long.
7.  We watched the American Cultures for Children: Native American Heritage DVD that we borrowed from the library.
Letter Hh Review:
1.  We read My "h" Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure.
2.  We read Hh by Kelly Doudna.
3.  We looked at the Hh letter page we made last year to review words that start with H.  We also looked at our picture dictionary under Hh.
4.  We completed a dot-to-dot uppercase letter H and lowercase letter h.
5.  We completed pages 20-21 of our Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read Pre-K Level Workbook, which required her to color the uppercase H and lowercase h, and identify the pictures in the group that begin with the h sound.
6.  We completed pages 22-23 of our Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read Pre-K Level Workbook, which required her to find the hidden objects in the picture that begin with the e, f, g, and h sounds, and match the uppercase letters E, F, G, and H, to their lowercase partners.

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