Wednesday, November 9, 2011

C'est la vie!

Happy National Young Readers' Day!  I had a whole day of activities planned, but, as things sometimes go, my broken washing machine decided to throw a wrench in things and after a lot of trips back and forth to the kitchen sink with buckets of water, the wringing out of an entire load of denim, and a massive amount of phone calls, we finally got a bit of homeschooling done. I'm hoping to cover what we missed tomorrow.  That is, as long as the delivery man bringing my new washer doesn't take too long.  [sigh]

While we read a few camping books today in preparation for our big camping trip on Friday, we snacked on the 'Build a Better Munchie,' as seen in Family Fun magazine (unfortunately, I can't tell you the issue because it was a tear-out).  They suggested making a fire pit ring out of halved grapes, which was really cute, but I didn't have any, so I made a ring with walnut pieces, which I thought resembled stones.  Use pretzel sticks for your 'firewood,' and cuts of cheddar cheese (and/or carrot) for your fire's 'flames.'  Yummy and healthy!
 In honor of National Young Readers' Day, I told Maggie it was her pick and instructed her to select her three favorite books out of our collection to read.  She chose ... Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (Thanks again, Hillary!) ...
... Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo. LeSieg (Dr. Seuss) (Yes, I know our copy has been around the block, but we believe in buying used books!  Save a tree!), and ...
... Curious George: Bigger and Smaller.  
Later, we made the 'Bookmark Bracelet' as seen in Family Fun magazine, March 2011, page 20.  For the same, you cut a worm shape out of colored paper, being sure it is about 1 inch wide and long enough to overlap your child's wrist by a couple of inches.  Using a marker, make a face for your worm.  Cut a few small slits at the worm's neck at the top, and also at the tail, on the bottom, so that when they are connected, they can form a bracelet.  (See picture below this one.)
 Here is the worm, connected.
While your child is reading, he/she can wear the bookmark as a bracelet!
Mags liked hers so much, she requested a 'girlfriend' for her worm.  (The next worm was given eyelashes!)  :)

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 out God and Me book for today's date, 'Singing.'  Then, we read Psalm 150 together.
National Young Readers' Day:
1.  For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'What do you like most about reading?'  She answered, 'Looking at the pictures!'  (Of course!)  :)
World Kindness Week:
1.  We completed page 6 of our Character Counts! Respect workbook ('How Would You Feel?'), which required her to identify the feelings of others in each given situation.
2.  Together, we made a list of examples of acts of kindness.
Camping Trip Prep:
1.  We read Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish.
2.  We read Zachary in Camping Out by Bertrand Gauthier.
3.  We read The Camping Caper by Barbara Davoll.
4.  We listened to the following songs from our Wee Sing in the Car cassette tape:
1) 'Goin' Campin'; and
2) 'Pack Up Your Hot Dogs.'
5.  We completed the camping mazes out of our Mazes workbook, pages 29 and 46.
Thanksgiving:
1.  We read Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons.
2.  We read Thanksgiving by Natalie M. Rosinsky.
3.  We read Celebrate Thanksgiving by Deborah Heiligman.
4.  We read Thanksgiving Day: A Time to Be Thankful by Elaine Landau.
5.  We read Thanksgiving: A Day of Thanks by Amanda Doering.
6.  We read The Extra-Thankful Thanksgiving by Kim Watson.
7.  We watched our Garfield's Thanksgiving DVD.  (I have to admit that in the midst of my washing machine crisis, we actually watched it twice!)

See you tomorrow!

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