Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Mural

We have been having summer-like weather lately, so we took advantage and did some outside painting. The kids (all three of them) made a hand and foot printed mural.

M and J used their hands to make grass, flowers and a sun. (J used a brush for the sun but his fingers for the rays.)

Baby B used his feet to make the clouds and flowers.

It was messy,

but everyone had fun,

and it gives a pop of fresh spring color to our dining room walls.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Homemade Pan Flute

We have been studying musical instruments the last few weeks, so of course, we had to make a few of our own. We have done the oatmeal drums and the homemade maracas before, so this time we made a pan flute.

This is the simplest project, using only straws cut in differing lengths and tape. It should have only 8 straws to make the scale, but M insisted on 10. And yes, it really does play if you blow across it.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Purse

Miss M love to put her "treasures" into bags and purses and carry them around with us. She certainly has no shortage of tiny bags to carry with her, either. However, when I saw the pattern for a spring felt purse over at You Can Make This, I knew she'd love it.

I cut the purse pattern out and whip-stitched it together. Miss M selected all the items to make the flowers (buttons, a silk flower we cut apart, appliques we had in our craft room and felt sticker hearts we made into petals); she cut the ribbons herself and glued it all down. I had her use elmer's glue to place everything, and then when she was laying down for quiet time I went back and hot-glued them on for strength.

She loves having made her own purse, and this complete project only took us 30 minutes or so to do.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Signs of Spring: Planting

Spring has definitely reached our part of the country (we were 78 degrees today) and that means it's time for us to start thinking of our gardens. M and I spent some time this week starting seeds to grow inside for the next month or so.

M helped to prep the tray:

plant the seeds:
and even water them:

I think that watching the seeds grow will be a great science lesson for her. After Easter, she and I will transplant them into our beds outside.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fifth Grade Spelling Bee

J had his fifth grade MTA (Dyslexia program) spelling bee this past weekend. He spelled all of his words correctly and got a gold medal! This is a great accomplishment for him, and we are so proud of how hard he has worked in this program the last three years.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Shamrock Measuring

Miss M loves when we do non-traditional measuring. Friday, I printed out a 8-inch wide shamrock picture and M estimated it's length and measured it using a variety of objects.

We used kidney beans, pasta wheels, mini pencils from Ikea, small shamrock stickers, little people and cars to measure with.

(The shamrock was printed from Chalk Talk.)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Reading Games: Beginning Sound-O

Miss M and I have been playing a lot of pre-reading games lately. She knows all of her letters and all of the sounds they make, but hasn't been able to put them together into words yet. So, we are working on isolating and identifying beginning sounds.

I printed out and colored simple clip art pictures - one for each letter - and glued them onto cardstock. On the back I wrote the name of the item, underlining the first letter in red. I made two sets, one with short vowels and one with long vowels. We play with these in several ways.

1. Miss M draws a card, names the picture, isolates the beginning sound (b-b-bear) and names the letter it begins with.

2. I printed bingo cards with the letters of the alphabet on them. We mix up the cards and then Miss M draws one and tries to match it to the correct letter on the card.

3. Since there are two sets, I remove the cards for A,E,I,O,U and then we try to match up the two cards that begin with the same letter - bear and butterfly for instance.

Miss M is really enjoying playing these games, and I have noticed an improvement already!