Tuesday, November 15, 2011

'Pilgrim Buckle Belt' and 'Paper Bag Pumpkin'

Happy Geography Awareness Week!  Today, we were both a bit stomach sick (Maggie had the 24-hour stomach bug in all its glory yesterday, and I started today), so we had plenty of time on our hands since we were sitting around the house with nowhere to go.  We got a few Thanksgiving projects done, and started our work with the letter Ii, hoping that we'll be better for our field trip Friday to the fire station.

In our study of Geography Awareness Week, we looked at the globe together and discussed the continents, the countries, and located our own.
 Completing page 1 of our The World workbook, which required her to color the oceans on the map blue and the continents green ...
 Later, we completes the Sticker Stories: The Thanksgiving Play activity book that we got, which required her to complete the illustrations for the story using the stickers provided for each page.
 After that, we made the 'Pilgrim Buckle Belt' out of our Happy Thanksgiving! Things to Make and Do book by Judith Conaway, pages 20-21.  For the same, you need black and yellow construction paper, scissors, and glue.  
 Cut your black paper into four equal strips, lengthwise.  (We only needed two because Maggie's waist is so small, but you may need three depending on your child's age.)  Then, cut out of the yellow paper, buckle pieces, like below.
 Glue your buckle pieces onto the ends of two pieces of black paper.
 Connect the buckle and size your child's waist from the back, gluing the black paper in place to fit.
 We made an insect out of the letter I, as seen in our Alphabet and Counting workbook, page 22.
 We enjoyed pumpkin jell-o jigglers for snack!  (The molds were found at the Dollar Tree!)
And, finally, for our last project of the day, we made the 'Paper Bag Pumpkin,' as seen at http://crafts.kaboose.com/paper-bag-pumpkin.html.  For the same, you'll need a brown paper lunch bag, newspaper, brown construction paper, orange and green paint, a paint brush, scissors, and ribbon.  (The site suggested green raffia, but we had none so we went with ribbon!)
 First, paint all sides of your paper bag orange.
 Once dry, roll the top of your bag down a couple of inches and paint it green.
Next, cut a 3-inch wide strip from your construction paper, lengthwise, and roll to make your stem, like below.
 Stuff your paper bag with newspaper to give your pumpkin shape.
Using your ribbon, tie the bag tightly under the green rim, securing the stem in place with your knot.  Cut the green portion of the bag to resemble leaves and curl your ribbon to complete your pumpkin!  Very cute!

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, 'Jumping,'  about thanking God for our legs and all they do for us.  Then, we read Acts 3:1-10 together.
Geography Awareness Week:
1.  We read In My World by Heather Adamson.
Thanksgiving:
1.  We read The Story of The First Thanksgiving by Elaine Raphael.
2.  We read The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern.
3.  We read Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast by Katie Waters.
4.  We read Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson.
5.  We read Pumpkins by Ann L. Burckhardt.
6.  We read It's a Fruit, It's a Vegetable, It's a Pumpkin by Allan Fowler.
Letter Ii Review:
1.  We read My "i" Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure.
2.  We read Ii by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann.
3.  We read Ii by Kelly Doudna.
4.  We looked at the Ii letter page we made last year to review words that start with I.  Then, we looked at our picture dictionary under Ii as well.
5.  We completed a dot-to-dot uppercase letter I and lowercase letter i.
6.  We completed pages 28-29 of our Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read Pre-K Level Workbook, which required her to color the uppercase I and lowercase i, and identify the pictures in the group that begin with the i sound.

As always, thanks for checking in with us!

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