Friday, September 27, 2013

A Day With Little Nino's Pizzeria

While we are not actively using Five In A Row as our curriculum this year, we do still enjoy the stories.  Little Nino's Pizzeria by Karen Barbour was no exception. (This is an affiliate link.)

To go along with the story, we did a pizza craft.  I first did this craft with Miss M when she had just turned three, but she did not remember it.  I cut pizza-shaped triangles from craft paper, and the kids painted the red sauce onto the pizza.

 Then they glued a toilet paper roll to the top for the crust.  Finally, they topped it with olives and cheese (their favorite toppings) cut out of construction paper.

Miss M actually did all of the cutting for the toppings.

I love how Miss M made hers (on the right) look like someone had taken a bite already!

We also made our own pizza's for lunch.

A tasty way to enjoy a fun book!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Trying A New Method of Painting

If you have read my blog for very long, you know I love to try new art techniques with the kids.  However, this is one that The Bug came up with all on his own. 

He had asked to use the watercolors and was happily painting away.  Apparently painting with his hands on the brush got boring, so he decided to use his mouth for a while. 

He actually dipped the brush into the paint and painted on his paper for a few minutes this way! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

First Grade Hands-On Fun!

I just wanted to share a few of the activities Miss M has been working on lately.  Even though she is a child who LOVES worksheets, I still try to include some hands-on activities in her day.

We have been playing a lot of math games lately.  This is a place value version of bingo. 

 We have also been doing a lot of nature study.  Bird feathers, sea shells, rocks, a fully preserved dragonfly (rescued from the hood of my car by The Boyscout), and pinecones have been on our inspection list lately.

When studying ancient history, we discussed how one of the first boats called a coracle was made by stretching skins over a round wooden frame.  Miss M made her own version using pipecleaners and a plastic baggie. 

Just a few of the fun things we are doing in first grade this year!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Little Scientists and Surface Tension

We are doing a wide variety of experiments this year that both Miss M and The Bug can participate in.  One of the first topics we studied was surface tension. 

We filled a drinking glass to the brim with water and then gradually add pennies.  By adding pennies slowly, we were able to add an additional 30 pennies to our already full glass without spilling. 

Our glass actually got a very good bulge going that the kids were able to observe even without the magnifying glass.

Next, we did an experiment to change the surface tension.  We spooned water droplets onto the table and observed how they held together.  Then the kids touched them with a straw dipped in dish detergent and watched what happened to them.

I love simple science experiments with a big impact!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Ballerina

This girl LOVES to dance!

Monday, September 16, 2013

American Girl Studies: Kaya's Parfleche

One of the things we are doing for Miss M this year is a study of American History using the American Girl dolls. We started with Kaya, and have been having a lot of fun reading the stories and learning more about the Nez Perce tribe.  Miss M was very excited when she realized the first story takes place at a spot she has actually visited.  We saw these petroglyphs and pictographs last year on a visit to Washington State.

One of the first activities we did was to make our own parfleches.  A parfleche is a painted rawhide envelope used for storage.  Women drew patterns onto wet hides and then filled them in with bright paints.  We followed the pattern found here to make our own out of a brown paper bag.

 After we cut the bag into the proper shape, Miss M first drew and then painted her designs on.

Once it was dried, we folded in the long sides, then crossed the shorter sides over each other and secured them with a shoelace (our version of rawhide string).

This is one of Miss M's favorite parts of our day, and we have many more activities planned before we leave this time period.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Badger Story and Craft

The Bug picked a selection of badger-related stories out from the library on our last trip.  We read five different stories, although Badger's Fancy Meal by Keiko Kasza was our favorite. (This is an affiliate link.)

Then, he asked me to do a badger craft.  A quick scan of the internet found us a pattern for badger masks at Activity Village.  I did the cutting, he and Miss M did the gluing.

And then they pretended to be badgers for the rest of the day.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Back to School Photos

We officially started back to school almost three weeks ago, although we are still finding a rhythm for our days and gradually adding subjects.  These pictures were taken the day that all of our neighborhood friends headed off to their first day of public school.  We have always taken a picture of The Boyscout that day, and he reminded me that this year should be no exception just because he was home!

The Boyscout, our 8th grader this year.

Miss M, our 1st grader!

The Bug, our preschooler.
This was by far the best of the group shots.  It was already hot and sunny at 9 a.m., and The Bug was more interested in running barefoot in the grass than taking pictures.