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Cranberry Thanksgiving Literature Unit

November 27, 2014

We revisited the book, Cranberry Thanksgiving last week.... for the third time!!
For a blast into the past, read about our 1st Row here and our 2nd Row here!
Concepts we touched on this year from our Five in a Row manual were:
New England States
Thanksgiving
Alliteration
Elements of a Story
Iodine Test for Starch
Cranberries
Silhouettes & Cool Colors

In my up-teenth attempt at keeping some type of journal/ notebook of our studies, I bought a blank journal and added elements of each days work throughout the week.  We'll see how it goes....

Along with reading a Thanksgiving in Plymouth Colony that I picked up at a book sale, we watched an episode of Drive Thru History on the Pilgrims, and made our Thankful Tree.  We've done something different each year, but I really like this addition to our mantel!
We also made Thanksgiving Bracelets; it is more for the younger kids, but Little Sis and Big Brother both enjoyed digging through my bin of beads to pick out the colors that represent the Thanksgiving Story.
We watched a little segment of how cranberries are harvested and added a lapbook piece we found
for Cranberry Thanksgiving to our notebook.  With several cranberries, my son decorated the page by stamping them with ink.
A simple and quick Cranberry Craft!
 A super fun activity to teach Alliteration based on the poem, Bleezer's Ice Cream.  My son made up some new flavors: Chocolate Cherry Crunch, Mint Macaroni Munch, and Pizza Pepper Pickle Punch.  Mmmm... Yum???
 After pointing out the Elements of a Good Story, my son made up his own about a dragon named Dominic who got lost in a forest and ate some poisonous berries.  We used this fun Roll A Story worksheet to help us figure out the character, place, and setting.

 Testing different foods for Starch with Iodine.
Using our stash of bleeding tissue paper, Little Sis and Big Brother worked together to create this fun Warm/ Cool Colors Weaving art piece!  Well, we had a bit of an issue with weaving it together for some reason, but figured it out!
 Silhouette Keepsake; I've always wanted to make a silhouette and used this super easy tutorial to do it!
.... And of course we baked Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread!!  Although, it didn't last long enough for me to take a picture!  We added some white chocolate chips and walnuts to the recipe this time : )  My son pretty much made it all by himself-- measuring, mixing, pouring, etc! 
 
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Counting Sprinkles Busy Bag

November 25, 2014

For the Poppins Book Nook November theme, To the Kitchen, we chose to read a book that is well-loved around our house...

"If You Give a Cat a Cupcake" by Laura Numeroff.  
Actually, we enjoy all of her "If You Give" books!  Are you a fan, too?
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A cupcake leads to sprinkles (of course!) which leads to cleaning... the beach... the gym... the lake... the science museum... back to the beach... and a race home where the sand reminds him of sprinkles, which of course calls for a cupcake! Phew... a full day for one little cupcake!
Preschool Math
For a go along activity for our book, I made a Counting Sprinkles Busy Bag for my daughter.  I printed and laminated my cupcake cards and provided Little Sis with a muffin cup of sprinkles.  We counted to 10 and used the cupcake cards to count out sprinkles.

Preschool Math

Would you like to use this free printable with your child?  I've made our Counting Sprinkles Cupcake Cards available to you, too!  In case you have no sprinkles, sequins, small buttons, paper punched dots, and/or pony beads all make great alternatives to using sprinkles for this activity.  Enjoy!

For more To the Kitchen books and activities, check out what the other co-hosts of the Poppins Book Nook have cooked up for you this month!



Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God�s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy�s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy�s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A �Peace� of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

The Poppins Book Nook will be taking December off, but we'll be back in January for a book and activitiy for January's To the Laboratory! book club theme!
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The Big Green Pocketbook Preschool Activities

November 24, 2014

Little Sis received the book, The Big Green Pocketbook just before she turned 3.  I had not read the book before, but knew it had to be a good one if it was part of the Before Five in a Row book list. Surprisingly, for a "longer" picture book, it quickly became a favorite!
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To begin our Playful Preschool plans in November, we spent a week doing different activities to go along with The Big Green Pocketbook!  During our week, we followed the schedule I shared in our Preschool Plans post; thankful that I decided to do it this way-- it makes planning so much more manageable and gives Little Sis something special to do each day.  Now whether or not she does it is a different story ; )

Have you read,The Big Green Pocketbook before? It is really a sweet story about a mother and daughter going about town together.  And as they do the little girl collects things from their journey to town.  There is a surprising twist at the end of the story, so you'll have to read it to find out what happens!

Here's a bit of our week:
Math Skills
  • Ice Cube Patterns-- Over the summer I purchased some citrus ice cubes and since the little girl in the story picked up some orange slices for daddy at the store, I made a little patterned task tray using the ice cubes.
  • Stack the Coins Money Game-- she stopped at the bank "where the cool marble walls smelled like pennies...."
  • Shapes Print {art & math!}-- to incorporate the little girls shirt covered in shapes.

Literacy Skills
  • Uppercase/ Lowercase Name Recognition-- while at the insurance office, she "typed her name first in big letters, then in little letters."

Sensory Play
  • Mess-free Color Mixing-- I added a squirt of blue and green paint into a zip lock bag, and had little sis squish them around to make green.

Craft
  • Lace a Foam Purse-- Using a large piece of green foam, I folded it in half and cut out the purse shape, then used a hole punch to punch holes around it.  
Extra Fun
  • Story Tray-- with the book and tray full of story elements, Little Sis and I sat together on the couch and read the book.  As I read, she added the items to her purse.  We had felt lollipops, punched tickets, key chain, orange slices, a calendar, crayons, etc!  At first she wasn't sure of this activity, but I think it was a success 3 readings later : )

In the end, it was a wonderful week!  To top it all off, the whole family went to an old-fashioned ice cream shop.  Our ice cream wasn't square shaped, but it was a fun and yummy family outing!  We've shared a few activities from other Before Five in a Row books..... take a look!
Blueberries for Sal Preschool Math Activities

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DIY Lego Duplo Puzzle Busy Bag

November 21, 2014

Building blocks are a great way to reinforce and build fine motor skills.  Along with hand-eye coordination and concentration, your little one is manipulating the blocks to connect using certain grasp positons that will be necessary to strengthen for writing.  
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I put a fun busy bag together for my daughter using our Duplo Lego blocks; I turned ordinary yellow, blue, and green blocks into a picture puzzle!  I used three colors to help give my daughter a way to self correct if a piece seemed out of place.  

To make your own Lego Duplo Puzzle, you'll need to gather a picture you don't mind cutting up, several Duplo Legos, double-sided tape, ruler, and scissors and/or xacto knife
 It was hard to pick a picture I didn't mind cutting up, but I ended up choosing a picture from our last trip to Disney.  However, a postcard might work well, too.   I used 24 Lego Duplos for the 4x6 picture.  I stacked the Lego Duplos vertically and drew three columns on the back of my photo using a tower of Duplos as my 'ruler.'

Next I measured the height of one Duplo block and marked 8 blocks within each column.

My measurements weren't entirely perfect, but close enough.  Then take scissors or an xacto knife and cut apart your puzzle.

Attach each picture piece to your Duplo Legos with double-sided tape and you've created a very personal puzzle that you can keep in a bag to be pulled out when you need a few minutes to get something done and/or for quiet time! {Just make sure you attatch tape each column of your puzzle first or it may be a bit tricky trying to piece together your picture puzzle!}
Happy Building!!

A few more Fine Motor Ideas for you! 
Thanksgiving Writing Tray from Still Playing School
Fine Motor Turkey Craft from House of Burke
DIY Lego Duplo Puzzle Busy Bag from School Time Snippets
Boredom Buster - Writing on Windows from P is for Preschooler

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Felt Fall Tree Color Chant

November 19, 2014

Last year I shared a really playful apple tree color chant, and today I'm re-sharing that activity with our Felt Fall Tree.
Preschool Color Prompt
Our Felt Fall Tree also lends itself for some free-play-- in the words of Little Sis, "Let's Decorate!"  Love when there are multiple ways to play and explore during an activity.  I obviously had it in my mind to use it as a playful way to reinforce colors, but Little Sis also enjoyed sorting the leaves, decorating, counting, and having the "wind" blow all the leaves off the tree!
To prep for this activity, you'll need to gather some felt!  Brown for the tree trunk and any and every color you wish to use for the leaves.  While getting this activity ready, Little Sis insisted on blue, pink, and black leaves, too!

From a whole sheet of brown felt I cut out the tree trunk and then eye-balled a leaf-like shape for the leaves in all the other colors.  It fit perfectly on our DIY Felt Board-- which is simply white felt tucked over a frame!

Once everything is cut out, it is time for the Color Chant!  Originally the color chant included a monkey, but since it is a Fall tree, Little Sis became a Squirrel.  The chant goes like this....
Little Squirrel, little squirrel up in the tree...
Can you get all the [color] leaves down for me?....

Continue the chant until all the leaves are off the tree.  
Have fun playing and exploring colors!  It would easily make a great quiet time activity, too... we ALL could have more of those ideas handy!
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