Archive for November, 2013

Week in Review

27
Nov

Here are some of the activities we have been doing lately:

Week in Review

History:

We had so much fun doing our Thanksgiving unit and I am really sad that we’re all done with it. But, I’m excited for all of the fun stuff we’re going to do during December!

Thanksgiving Activities

I saw this idea on First Grade Parade- isn’t it so cute!  We read “If You Sailed on the Mayflower” and then put interesting facts on our Mayflower.

Thanksgiving Activities

Then Hailey (and Hunter) made a cute Mayflower.

Thanksgiving Activities

Hailey’s was turned into a book of Mayflower facts.

Thanksgiving Activities

She picked 5 interesting facts and then wrote a sentence about the fact and drew a picture of it.

Mayflower Activity

We also made this fantastic Mayflower which Hailey and Hunter absolutely love!!

Pilgrim Craft

We made this really fun Pilgrim Craft and talked about what it was like to be a Pilgrim girl or boy.

We also used the Plimoth Plantation site and read about what the children did for fun.  We read that they enjoyed gliffes, which are like tongue twisters.  So, we had a lot of fun and laughs trying out some tongue twisters.

Language Arts:

Week in Review

Hunter loves reading time and always stops to listen to Hailey read.  We are going through these Emerging Readers pretty quickly.  Rather than spreading them over 5 days, Hailey has been reading them in 1 or 2 days.  She really enjoys reading the books and I think it is helping to build her confidence by reading these easy books.  We’ll be moving on to the harder books soon!

Week in Review

We played an Irregular Plural Nouns Go Fish game and Hailey won – she was just a little bit excited.  It was a great way to reinforce what she had been learning.

Math:

Week in Review

Math is definitely Hailey’s least favorite subject.  I try to find ways to make is fun for her, but she really doesn’t enjoy it.  We played a clock matching game- she had to find the time on the clock and then match it with the time in words (half past 3).  It ended up being really hard but she still seemed to enjoy it.

 Science:

We did a pumpkin unit for science and used the Pumpkin Patch Palooza unit from Mrs. Jump.

Pumpkins

Hailey counting the lines on her pumpkin as part of a pumpkin investigation.

Pumpkins

Hailey’s completed paper.

Pumpkins

We also cut open a pumpkin to explore the inside.

Pumpkins

We described the inside and outside of the pumpkin.

Pumpkins

We roasted pumpkin seeds with the seeds from the pumpkin we cut open.  They turned out yummy!

Pumpkins

Hailey read a little pumpkin book to Hunter to help him learn the life cycle.

Pumpkins

We read “Pumpkin Jack” and then made our own Jack.  It’s sitting in this container so that we can observe what will happen over time.

Pumpkins

 We also planted some pumpkin seeds and some corn seeds to see which one will grow faster and taller.  I am just hoping something will grow!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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Pilgrim Craft

26
Nov

As we finished up our Thanksgiving unit, we made some adorable Pilgrims.

Pilgrim Craft

Hailey and Hunter worked hard creating their Pilgrims.

Pilgrim Craft

Hailey adding an apron to her Pilgrim girl.

Pilgrim Craft

Hunter got a little distracted by the  book basket and stopped to read a book.

Pilgrim Craft

When Hunter’s Pilgrim was finished, he decided to dance with him.

Pilgrim Craft

Hailey’s finished Pilgrim Girl.

Pilgrim Craft

Hunter’s finished Pilgrim Boy.

Pilgrim Craft

The finished Pilgrims.  Hailey did a little paper and wrote what she would do if she were a Pilgrim Girl.  She wrote, “I would do my chores without complaining and I would try to play with my dolls.”

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Poppins Book Nook- Animal Theme

25
Nov

PoppinsBookNook

The theme for this months Poppins Book Nook was animals.  Since we were learning about Thanksgiving this month, I decided to go with a turkey for our animal.

Fun With Turkeys

We used a few different books to go with our theme.  We read “A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting, which is a super cute story!  Then we read 2 non-fiction books- “All About Turkeys” by Jim Arnosky and “Turkeys that Fly and Turkeys That Don’t” by Allen Fowler.  We learned so much from those 2 books!

Fun With Turkeys

As we read the non-fiction books about turkeys, we added feathers to this turkey.  Each feather has an interesting fact about turkeys.

Fun With Turkeys

I had Hailey write in her journal pretending to be a turkey and giving reasons why she should not be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey Fun

We also made some turkey crafts, you can see the full post here.  These are the cute hats we made.

Turkey Fun

Hailey made this turkey with a cute poem on it.

Turkey Fun

Hunter’s turkey

Each month you will have a chance to win a book from the Poppins Book Nook group related to the theme of the month.  This month you have a chance to win National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia.  The only rule is that you must live in the US to win.

Animal Encyclopedia Giveaway

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Tot School

24
Nov

Hunter is 23 months old.

Tot School

It’s hard to believe that November is almost over!  We started doing tot school last January and I can’t believe it’s been almost a year.

Tot School

Hunter’s letter was G this week.  We added it to our tree and he was able to find it and point it out.

Tot School

Hunter made a G craft for our letter wall.

Tot School

G is for Giraffe

Tot School

Our color this month was yellow.  Hunter knows his colors now, so I will probably stop having a focus color next month and just make sure we do a lot of reviewing so he doesn’t forget.

Tot School

We have been learning all about Thanksgiving, and Hunter made this Mayflower.

Mayflower Activity

Hunter also helped to make a Mayflower boat- you can see the Mayflower post here.  Hunter loves it!  He loves sitting in it and it’s funny to hear him say he’s sitting in the Mayflower.

Tot School

We also learned all about pumpkins this week and Hunter really enjoyed that.

Tot School

The pumpkins are attached to this little board with Velcro.  We sang a little song to go with our pumpkin patch to the tune of “Oh My Darling, Clementine.”
I saw a pumpkin, a big fat pumpkin
It was hanging on a vine
[Hunter] came along and picked it
Took it home and said, “It’s mine.”

Hunter loved picking his pumpkins :-)

Pumpkins

We also cut open a pumpkin to see what the inside was like.

Tot School

Hunter really enjoys reading books from our book basket.

Tot School

We made a little book about how pumpkins grow.  This book came from the Pumpkin Patch Palooza unit I am using with Hailey.

Pumpkins

We also planted some pumpkin seeds… we will see if anything happens.

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