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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter Preview

I snapped some pictures before I let the kids at these on Monday. Just incase any of you want to try them this week:)

What’s inside?

I put one tiny object in each egg. The child opens the egg and places the object on the white felt.

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Ribbon Weaving

I got the rack at the dollar tree and the ribbon from my stash:) The activity works fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

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Open/Close Color Matching

Roll the die and open that color. Keep rolling till you open them all.

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Egg Patterns and Tonging

Use the tongs to transfer the eggs and if the child would like they can make a pattern.

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Counting Eggs

Match the numeral on one half to the correct number of dots on the other half.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Part 2- Flowers and Plants!

Circle Time

We read Clifford’s Spring Clean Up, The Lorax (LOVE!), and Mouse’s First Spring

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We sang “Flower Shop”. It’s the same song as “Bakery shop” but there were “10 little flowers with petals on top!” The kids loved the variation and I made laminated flowers to go along with the song!

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We also sang, Plant a Little Seed, Apples Peaches, Pears and Plums, and Farmer Brown had 5 Green Apples. If any one want to hear the sung, let me know and I will make some videos:)

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Our neighbors have this lovely pecan tree that follows the seasons perfectly! It’s right outside our playroom window so I refer to it during circle quite often. You can see in this picture that it is getting tiny spring leaves!

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Small Group

Parts of a Flower

I used a sharp knife to open a flower and we used a magnifying glass and flower diagram to identify all of the parts and their purpose. After that the kids all got a chance to open a flower(with their fingers, not the knife).

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We painted wooden chip board flowers (pack of 10 at the dollar tree). Big hit and they turned out pretty!

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On the Shelf

Button flowers! Best picture I got this week but there are more stems and more buttons in the bucket.

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We used some printables from Homeschool Creations

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We looked at cotton blossoms with a magnifying glass

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I put out lots of floral papers from my scrap book collection, in the art area.

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Counting with flower erasers

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Outside

We took walks through my garden everyday to see how seeds were growing and how flowers were blooming.

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We have a new trampoline from my dad and it was a huge hit all week

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Flowers in the sand box is always a hit

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And Running! LOL These kids love to run!

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring! Part 1-Insects!

Circle Time

We read Monsters Among Us, Bob and Otto, and Butterflies and Moths.

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We sung Ants Go Marching, The Fireflies at Night, and the Fuzzy Caterpillar.

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Lot’s of free reading time during play time. I found some great books on insects at the target dollar spot.

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Small Group

Monday: I put large fake insets on the table for the kids to draw pictures of.

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Wednesday: We talked about the butterfly life cycle and then drew butterflies. We used foam stickers to decorate the wings.

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Friday: We used our old playdoh, sticks, straws, pipe cleaners and google eyes to create insects. It was a great was to talk about the parts of an insect.

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On the Shelf

3D Insect book! VERY Cool!

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Real insects that I pinned and put in test tubes. These were all collected DEAD! I don’t kill the bugs. I teach my children to respect nature so I just wait until I find insects that are already dead. I put these out with a magnifying glass and insect flash cards.

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Insect parts activity that I made.

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Counting bugs. Use tongs to make towers. Each bug has a number written on top.

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Outside

We took many walks in the garden and released lady bugs.

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Saw Butterflies

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And hung up our praying mantis egg cases! Can’t wait till they hatch!

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