Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Indians, Turkeys, and Pinecones ... oh my!

Happy Election Day!  Better yet, Happy National Parents as Teachers Day! (That one I'm especially proud of!)  I know there hasn't been a post since Thursday, but you'll have to forgive us.  I think today's will make up for it.  We leave for our camping trip on Friday (We're so excited!), so we've been busy preparing for that all weekend and finishing up some letter work that really wasn't much to post about.  This week, we'll be doing some camping prep in our homeschooling (mainly stories and snacks leading up to the big day), as well as continuing our study of Native Americans and Thanksgiving.  We also are honoring World Kindness Week and will celebrate National Young Readers' Day tomorrow and Sesame Street Day on Thursday.  Needless to say, we'll be packing it in!  Enjoy!

For her journal entry over the weekend, I asked her, ‘What do you like best about Native Americans?’  She answered, ‘When they dance.’  Here is her picture of the same.  (I love his feathers!)
 Here, she's showing off the 'Pinecone Turkey' she made today at The Columbus Museum for Toddler Time!  It turned out really cute, using simple construction paper, with her hand prints for the turkey's tail feathers, a pinecone, and googly eyes!
 Once we got home, it was time for a snack!  For eating while reading our books about camping, I made the 'Pining for a Snack?' pinecones, as seen in Family Fun magazine, October 2010, page 120.  First, you spread a bit of cream cheese on round crackers for your pinecones' base.  
 Next, you add sliced almonds to your cream cheese, starting at the bottom, to resemble the scales of a pinecone.
 Finally, add a pretzel stick stem, and slivers of green veggies for 'pine needles.'  (The recipe called for celery, but since I was out, I settled for green bell pepper!)  It was a great snack for some reading on the great outdoors!
 Then, we set out to make the 'Toy Canoe' out of our Happy Thanksgiving! Things to Make and Do book by Judith Conaway, pages 22-23.  For the same, you need a piece of brown or tan construction paper, crayons, a pencil, scissors, and glue.  
 First, cut your paper in half, then fold the halved piece in half.  Next, make the shape of a canoe onto your paper so that the bottom of the canoe is along the fold, like below.
 Cut out your canoe and decorate it with your crayons.
 Once decorated, open your canoe and lay it flat, with the inside facing up.  Put a bit of glue on the curved ends of your canoe and press the ends together.  When you open the unglued portion, your canoe should look like this.
 Add some Indians and enjoy!
 Then, we set out to make the 'Paper-Cup Tepee' out of our Happy Thanksgiving! Things to Make and Do book by Judith Conaway, pages 34-35.  For your tepee, you will need a paper cup, a piece of construction paper, markers, glue, scissors, a pencil, and some twigs.
First, trace the outline of the wide end of your cup onto your paper.  Cut out.  This will be the floor of your tepee.  Next, make a small diagonal cut into your cup, from the wide end, and fold back to make the door of your tepee as shown.
Cut our the narrow end of your cup.  Apply glue to the rim of the wide end and adhere your paper circle to the same.  Let dry.
 Then, get to decorating your cup!
 Finally, cut your twigs into 2-inch pieces and glue to the inside of the cup, like below.  Your tepee is ready to be displayed and occupied!
 Later, for an afternoon snack, we made the 'Indian Cornbread' recipe out of our Happy Thanksgiving! Things to Make and Do book by Judith Conaway, pages 40-41.  For it, you need 1 cup cornmeal, 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon salt, and oil.  To start, stir together your cornmeal and salt in a bowl.
 Add your milk and 1 teaspoon of the oil and mix well.
 Then, pour 3 tablespoons of oil into the bottom of a frying pan and heat on medium until hot.  Once hot, drop a large spoonful of your batter into the pan.
 When set, flip it over and brown on the other side, like a pancake, until both sides are golden.
 In our review of the letter Hh, we made the 'H-h Horse' out of our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 20.
We also did some Thanksgiving decorating by coloring some little wooden wall plaques that I bought at Hobby Lobby last year after season (only 20 cents each at 90% off!).  
 Lookin' good, Mags!  :)
 We hung them on drawer knobs for the season.
For our last Native American craft for today, we made the 'Paper Plate Dream Catcher' out of our Toddler's Busy Play Book, page 177.  To make your own, you need a paper plate, yarn, a hole punch, beads and feathers, glitter glue (optional), curling ribbon, and scissors.
 For the first step, cut out the center of your plate, being sure to leave the rim intact.  Punch holes around the rim, like below.
 Next, cut a long piece of yarn and pull it through one of your holes, knotting it at the back.  Let your child weave the yarn back and forth across the center opening and through the holes, sliding a few beads through the yarn to be in the middle.  (Mags liked the idea that she was 'spinning a spider's web.')
 Once your center is complete, add three 12-inch pieces of curling ribbon by tying them through three holes that are next to each other.  Tie on more beads and feathers to your ribbon before curling the remaining ends. Decorate your dream catcher's rim with glitter glue or crayons or markers.  Finally, tie a length of yarn to two adjoining holes at the top (opposite your curling ribbon pieces) to use as the loop for hanging your dream catcher.
 Showing off her artwork and making Native American sounds ... :)
 We then hung it over her bed to "catch" the good dreams.
Finally, we made uppercase letter H and lowercase letter h using little paper hearts.

In addition to the above, today, 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, 'Families.'  Then, we read Psalm 133 together.
Election Day:
1.  We read Sesame Street's I Want to Be President by Michaela Muntean.
2.  We watched our You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown DVD.
3.  For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'Who do you know that you think would make the best President?' Of course, she answered, 'Daddy!'
World Kindness Week:
1.  Together, we read the 'Signs of Caring' as seen in our Character Counts! Parents Guide, page 24.  We then discussed what it means to be kind.
2.  We completed page 5 of our Character Counts! Respect workbook, 'Be Kind to Living Things,' which required her to identify the pictures on the page that could be hurt by mean words and actions.
Camping Trip Prep:
1.  We read S is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James.
2.  We read Sleep Out by Carol and Donald Carrick.
3.  We read The Lost Lake by Allen Say.
1.  We read Thanksgiving Is … by Gail Gibbons.
2.  We read Thanksgiving by Kathryn Kyle.
3.  We read Thanksgiving by David F. Marx.
4.  We read Holidays: Thanksgiving by Lynda Sorenson.
5.  We read Thanksgiving Day Alphabet by Beverly Barras Vidrine.
6.  We read Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child.
1.  We attended Preschool Adventures at North Columbus Library.

Thanks for checking in on us!  Tomorrow, we'll be making moccasins and 'Maple-Nut-Berry Popcorn Balls,' as well as another fun camping snack, so come back!

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