Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wampanoag Wednesday

Today was full, with a visit to the library (for a story time and craft about turkeys!), and a study of Native American music and 'Our Bodies.'  We made Native American instruments while we listened to spirituals and flute music, then did several projects we called, 'Body Art,' including tracing our feet and hands, measuring them, and more!  Here are some pictures from today:

At the library, starting on our turkey craft ...
 Lately, she has been drawing lots of faces, arms, and legs, and she did the same with her turkey craft!
 Working on our Native American rattle instrument, using a Y-shaped twig, yarn, feathers, beads, and shells.  It was a lot of fun to make!
 All done!  We then played it along with the Native American music we were listening to.
 Now, making a Native American drum ...
 With her instruments ...
 And on to our snack ... edible teepees!
 She liked placing the fruit loops on the teepees' poles!
 Now, for the destruction ... the best part!  YUM!
 BODY ART!  Here, she's ready to be traced.
 Coloring in her eyes ...
 She was sure to find the brown crayon!
 Then, we measured her in inches, from head to foot ... almost 42 (but she was stretched out and not standing). 
 Measuring our foot tracings ...
 And our hands ...
 Then, more body art ... adding facial features to skin-toned circles ...

We had so much fun today!  Here is all that we did:
1. We attended Preschool Adventures at North Columbus Library, where we read books about turkeys (10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson, and Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr), then made a turkey craft.
Letter 'K':
1. We found the 'K's in our letter magnets and spelled out words that start with 'K.'
Harvest/Thanksgiving/Native Americans:
1. We read This is Thanksgiving by Harriet Ziefert.
2. We read The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
3. We read The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola (a Native American tale).
4. We read Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall by Leo Yerxa (a Native American tale).
5. We read Pooh’s Pumpkin by Isabel Gaines.
6. We made a Native American rattle out of a Y-shaped twig, yarn, feathers, beads, and shells, then played it while we danced to Native American music.
7. We listened to different Native American music online, including spirituals, flute music, and war dance music.
8. We made a Native American drum, using a margarine tub, construction paper, markers, and feathers.
9. We made 'Teepee Treats' by inserting toothpicks into the tips of sugar cones, then decorating with icing, pretzels, fruit loops, and candies.  (In hindsight, I realize that pretzel sticks would have been a better choice for the poles!)
Our Bodies:
1. We read My Head by Lola M. Schaefer.
2. We read A First Book About Bodies by Nicola Tuxworth.
3. We read My Feet by Aliki.
4. We read Heart by Justin McCory Martin.
5. We identified the different parts of our bodies, and what those parts do for us.
6. We read Brain by Justin McCory Martin.
7. We read Muscles by Justin McCory Martin.
8. We looked through our Encyclopedia Britannica: Fascinating Facts: Human Body and discussed the pictures and content in brief.
9. We did lots of 'Body Art,' including tracing and measuring our bodies, adding features to our tracings, and noticing the differences in size between Mommy's tracings and her own. 
10. We glued facial features to different skin-toned-colored circles to create faces.
11. We observed our fingerprints and noted that Mommy's prints are different from her own.

Check back with us tomorrow when we do a study of cranberries (including some dissection and cooking!), and delve into 'Bones and Teeth'!

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