Since the last time I posted we have continued our M lessons. We did more measuring. This time we measured dry beans with the measuring cups. I tried to show them how we needed to fill the 1/2 cup 2 times to fill the 1 cup and so forth. Not sure if anything stuck with them or not, but the foundation will be there. We do talk about measurements and fractions while we bake too. So there was plenty of that going on right before Christmas. Here are some pictures of them playing in the beans:
We have been working on the letter M for a little over a week now. I have managed to incorporate art (crafts) and letter/sound as usual. We also snuck in a little math and science. We started out by making mittens. I traced around each girl’s hand in a mitten shape so it would be her size mitten. Then, after I cut them out the girls were able to color them and add star stickers. I also cut out zig zag shapes for the cuffs.
Wellll…. I thought I was done with our letter L unit, but I forgot we hadn’t taken time to make the fresh squeezed lemonade. So, we took the time to make some before lunch today. I found a recipe for “Perfect Lemonade” here. Her secret is to heat sugar with an equal amount of water to dissolve the sugar so you don’t end up with sugar down the bottom of your pitcher.
I realize Thanksgiving is over, but I wanted to share our Thanksgiving crafts. I was not very creative, so I found my ideas at other websites. Unfortunately, we didn’t get all our crafts completed. I was going to make them pilgrim girl hats to wear, but Tabitha didn’t want one and I ran out of time being busy with Thanksgiving dinner, so I just gave it up. Why make it if she won’t wear it? Here is the link where I found the pattern.
Well for the letter C we made Construction paper Candy Corn. I took white paper and cut out a candy corn shape (about 6 inches high). Then I traced the bottom third onto yellow paper and the middle onto orange paper and cut them out. Then the girls glued them onto the white paper. They each did 2.
We did our Aa lessons last week, even Amelia had fun. We are just reviewing right now. We had done letters A-L from January ’09 through June ’09, but we sort of took a break over the summer. Originally the lessons for each letter were spread out over a one to two week period. We did a lot more than just the art projects. We read books and poems suggested at the letteroftheweek.com website. We made a poster to hang up the letter of the week and printed out 6 pictures per letter. 2 copies each. One of the copies were for the poster (I used velcro to stick everything on), the other were for flashcards. Picture on one side, word on the other. We also tried to incorporate some classical music if a composer was available for the letter/sound. The art projects I came up with were of my own creation, not suggested by the letter of the week website.
A place to post, finally. This blog will be a record of all the creations I come up with while working with my dear angels. Yes, I call them my angels, they are so precious. Tabitha is 2 1/2 and Amelia is 14 months old. We are so excited to be getting back to “lessons” now that big brother and sister are back in school. We made a countdown chart and everything because when I mentioned to Tabitha that Steven and Krystal were going back to school and questioned if she would like to start lessons again, she got so very excited.