Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bean Bonanza!

Today, we started our lessons on the letter 'L,' continued our Harvest studies with beans, and learned how sleep and exercise are important for our bodies.  Here are today's photos:

Maggie's picture of her caterpillar, 'Little Fella,' who is cocooned in our kitchen this very second!  She is drawing so much these days!  :)
 Today's Harvest item was beans, and it is truly amazing all the things you can learn and do with one $2 bag of 15-Bean Soup mix!
 First, we lined up our 15 cups so that we could separate the 15 types of beans from our mix.  (This was great mathematics play ... lots of counting and grouping!)
We discussed their different colors and shapes, as well as their textures.  (One type of bean, in particular, resembles a miniature walnut!)
 We then made different shapes on paper using our beans.
We set aside a few beans for our 'Bean Germination Science Experiment.'
 We laid those beans on a wet paper towel in an aluminum pie tin, then covered it with saran wrap.
 We put them in the window, in the sunlight, next to our amaryllis plant and 'Little Fella,' where we can watch what they do over the next week.  (Any more science projects, and I'm going to need a bigger table.)
 Then, later, washing our beans to make 15-bean soup!

So, for dinner, it's 15-bean soup (with ham) and crescent rolls.  We'll let you know how it turns out!  As for today's rundown, we did the following:
Letter 'L':
1. We discussed and looked at big letter 'L' and little letter 'l' and words that start with 'L': lamp, light, lights, lemon, lollipop, lion, leg, leaf, leaves, lettuce, love, lace, lamb, lizard, lady, ladybug, etc.
2. We read My 'l' Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure.
Thanksgiving/Harvest/Beans:
1. We read Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons.
2. We read Blue's Thanksgiving Feast by Jessica Lissy.
3. We read Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child, then sang the song.
4. We discussed how beans were an important part of the Native American diet and how they come in many different varieties.  We also discussed how the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to grow beans after they settled in the New World.
5. We dissected a bag of 15-bean soup mix, sorting the beans, making piles of like sizes, colors, and shapes.  We discussed their textures and then used the beans to make different shapes on paper.
6. We set up our 'Bean Germination Science Experiment,' by choosing 4 different types of beans from our bean mix, then placing them on a moist paper towel, under saran wrap, in sunlight, so that they will sprout.  We will be examining them over the next week, identifying their primary roots and stems, then planting them in a transparent cup.  Once sprouted, we will dissect the largest bean instead of planting it.
7. We made 15-Bean Soup for dinner.  (Maggie helped by washing the beans, measuring out the stock, pouring our ingredients into the pot, and stirring!)
Our Bodies/Sleep and Exercise/Keeping Well:
1. We read A Good Night's Sleep by Allan Fowler (in bed, where we sleep).
2. We read Sleep is for Everyone by Paul Showers (in bed, where we sleep).
3. We read Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss (in bed, where we sleep).
4. We discussed how our bodies need a proper balance of sleep and exercise in order to run properly.
5. We exercised.
6. We watched the following clips on our Sid the Science Kid: Feeling Good Inside and Out DVD:
          1) 'The Big Sneeze' (about keeping well, washing our hands, etc.);
          2) 'Getting a Shot: You Can Do It!'; and
          3) 'Must See TV' (about the importance of moving our bodies).

Tomorrow, we are busy, with Preschool Adventures at the library, as well as lots of errands to follow, but we'll come home to make a fall leaves garland about the things we are thankful for, and to learn about our five senses and focus on our sense of sight.  See you then!

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