Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wheelin' Wednesday

Today, we continued our study of the letter 'E,' fall, and transportation, specifically, cars and traffic signs and symbols.  Some photos:

This is at the Preschool Adventures story time and craft this morning
at the North Columbus Library.  We studied shapes.
 Playing with her 'Fall Feely Bags' -- closing her eyes, feeling items
 that we see in the fall, then trying to guess what she is feeling.
 Making a pumpkin patch with painted knuckles for the pumpkins, and green thumbprints for stems!
 And adding the vines with a Q-tip ...
 Our knuckle and thumbprint pumpkins!
 I just had to post this picture because we were playing songs about transportation, and she told me she was going to get her drum.  I figured she meant the red and blue one you see in the center, but I was amazed to find that she had put together an entire drum set alone with empty containers and plastic cauldrons we put out with our Halloween decor!  I was so impressed!
 Making a traffic light (she knew the placement of the colors!) ...
 Flying her matchbox cars through a wrapping paper tube
proved to be lots of fun!  We observed which ones were faster.
 Making tracks in our play dough!
 And then making tracks with paint on paper.
Observing the differences in tracks made by smooth wheels and rough wheels.
One paper was not enough!  Here, we are on our third piece!
The rundown:
1.  We mailed Aunt Mary Lee's birthday card.
2.  We went to Preschool Adventures story time and craft at the North Columbus Library where we studied shapes.
Letter 'E':
1.  We found the 'E's in our letter magnets and spelled out words that start with 'E.'
1.  We read Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.
2.  We read Fall Leaves Change Colors by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld.
3.  We read The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis.
4.  We played with our 'Fall Feely Bags' and guessed by touch what items we find in the fall, including, leaves, acorns, pinecones, and an apple.
5.  We did our 'Pumpkin Patch Painting' using our knuckles for the body of our pumpkins, and our fingerprints for the stems.
Transportation (Cars, Traffic Signs and Symbols):
1.  We read Alphabeep by Debora Pearson.
2.  We read Cars Rushing! Honking! Zooming! By Patricia Hubbell.
3.  We read I Read Signs by Tana Hoban.
4.  We read Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord.
5.  We read If I Could Drive a Car Hauler by Michael Teitelbaum.
6.  We listened to the following songs on her Wee Sing In The Car cassette tape:
           1) 'Riding Along';
           2) 'Cruisin' Along';
           3) 'John Brown's Chevy'; and
           4) 'Five Big Dump Trucks.'
7.  We watched the Travel Adventures DVD that we borrowed from the library.
8.  We read the 'Red Light' poem.
9.  We sang the song, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Traffic Light.'
10.  We made a traffic light craft, identifying the placement of each color, and what each color means.
11.  We zoomed our matchbox cars through a wrapping paper tube and observed which cars went through faster and farther.  (Yes, we're already learning physics!)
12.  We rolled our matchbox cars in play dough to see the differences in tracks between cars with smooth wheels and cars with rough ones.
13.  We made our car tracks on paper using her matchbox cars and different colors of paint.

Tomorrow, we'll delve into trucks, continue with our fall crafts, and make the 'E' page of our letter book!

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