Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree~

Our book for today was Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree.  A darling story of how snipping off the top of a tree many times can make someone's Christmas a little brighter. As we were reading, the littles noticed how the same thing kept happening over and over and at the end was back right where it had begun. {Circular Story} I had the story pieces all ready to go for sequencing but because they noticed the circle, I decided to switch it up and record on a paper plate.
  I numbered the plate with 1-7 and we retold the story gluing pieces around the edge. I pulled out paper and sequins to create Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree in the middle. Talked about how writing the story in a circle made it interesting and SO fun!
WP wanted a pic of his masterpiece. :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Angels We Have Heard on High~

We have really loved using Truth in the Tinsel for Bible time this month. Today our story was about the angels. We wrote in our bible journals and made beautiful angels~
 Go HERE for a tutorial.

Luke 2:14
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Writing Strategy~

As fine motor continues to strengthen and SJ/WP practice writing, it is sometimes hard for them to concentrate on all the mechanics of the skill:
pencil grip, formation of letters, upper/lowercase, etc.
I get an email each day from Dr. Jean with lots of early childhood ideas and last week found a super idea to help with formation of letters. For

A  B  C  D  E  F  G - G?
Hang your bottoms down, down.
Hang your bottoms down.
Some letters stand tall.
Some sit on the ground.
But hang those bottoms down, down!
For SJ this was huge but not because of this song.
 I had taught her the lines as sky, clouds, and ground. If she writes a t, I say it touches the sky. If she writes an a, I say it sits on the ground and touches the clouds. If she writes a y, I say hang the bottom down. Saying this one thing was SO funny to her, it completely changed her writing. :)

Sometimes it just takes the smallest of ideas to make the lightbulb come on.
Right now I am just calling attention to my letters written and asking her if they are high, ground, or hang bottoms letters. She loves this game and also starting to pay attention to some of her formations as well.
Good job SJ! 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Pine Tree Parable~

Today we read The Pine Tree Parable for our storytime~
 Our Art project was our very own beautiful pine trees.
I showed them an example, drew a swirl tree in pencil, and they traced with paint.
I gave them lots of items to use for decorating:
foam shapes, glitter paint, puff paint, sequins, glitter glue.
They loved the finished product.

2 Corinthians 8:9

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Poem Work~

My s-i-l gave me such a great suggestion for EK from her teaching experience as a 3rd grade teacher.
I found a poem online, printed it, and we worked on reading at first.
Echo reading is one of our favorites and she had it down quickly.
I cut and taped it to her journal, made a couple of categories, and she began color coding nouns/verbs then recording them.
   Thank you Amy for the awesome idea!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Language and Spelling~

Our language curriculum has been a very good choice for us this year. We are about 3/4s through First Language Lessons. Both girls have a firm foundation so we continue along. Each day the lesson gives you a written activity and I have EK complete in her journal.

Today we reviewed all we have learned about nouns and our new info about verbs. We put them on the wall and EK used a pointer to read. Both girls wrote the definition of a verb in their journals then decided on a verb to illustrate/write about.
Later in the morning I was working with EK using our new Spelling curriculum and had her code some of the words to connect back to our language lesson: Box the proper nouns, circle the common nouns, and squiggly line under the verbs. She did really well with spelling and grammar coding!!!
SJ just enjoyed drawing on her board... awesome!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Farm Field Trip~ {Fun Friday}

Today a few classes from North Hart were visiting my dad/brother's dairy farm so we decided to go too.
It was a really awesome way to get the feel of how it must have been for Mary and Joseph in the stable...
EK: cold, WP: stinky, SJ: dirty but perfect for God's plan to unfold.
   Jason, Daddy, and their crew really had everything looking great for the big visit.
We wrote thank you notes when we got home.
EK loved the baby calves.
SJ loved the chocolate milk.
WP loved the tractors.
 Thank you Jason, Mr. Ed, Ms. Paula, Carlos, and Manuel.
We enjoyed our Farm Field Trip!!!   

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cranberry Christmas~

We began our day reading from our Advent Chapter book Jotham's Journey, then our Truth in the Tinsel reading/ornament, and also from our Jesus Storybook Bible
The littles LOVED Cranberry Thanksgiving, we HAD to have Cranberry Christmas too.
A lovely story we will enjoy reading every day this week~
 One of the characters in the story is Mr. Whiskers and boy does he have whiskers. I asked them if they knew anyone else this time of year that has big whiskers... SANTA!
That lead into our art activity for the day~ Santa Wind Socks.

1 8x12 white paper
1/4 sheet 8x12 red paper
1/2 sheet 8x12 pink paper.
~ Glue red to top of white (hat)
~ Glue pink right under red (face)
~ Cut fringe on the bottom white and roll with pencil to make whiskers
~ Add wiggly eyes, pom pom nose, smile, cotton
~ Staple into a wind sock and add hanger   

Just so you know, we always do things like I just shared in addition to our reading/writing/math curriculum.