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All About Family Week

Last week we did activities related to the theme ‘Family’. Well, we tried to. It was just plain busy last week, and we didn’t get to do all the things I planned. However, it was mostly busy because we had family from out of town visiting, so it all fit into the ‘Family’ theme anyhow. 🙂 We also got a bunch of new puzzles and blocks from Amazon.com last week and new toys had all the little one’s attention. Here is what we managed to fit in!

Note: Once again, I’m not sure why my pictures are showing upside down on some screens and not on others; I hope to have this figured out soon.

For science we headed outside to collect rocks, in all different sizes. We then brought them inside, washed them, and arranged them in families. This is something Curly does with almost everything anyway; must be a girl thing! I remember arranging all my marbles into ‘families’ as a young girl.

We were going to paint them and add googly eyes and so forth, but we couldn’t find the glue gun, one thing led to another, and it just never happened. We still kept the rocks – we may do it another time.

We also went to the zoo!

Riding the train at the zoo.

Riding the train at the zoo.

For math we measured everyone with Jenga blocks and made a graph. I asked Curly who was smallest, medium, and tallest by looking at the graph. Last time we did something similar to this she was confused by the terms shortest and tallest; she seems to have picked up on the concept as she had no trouble this week.

We also sorted blocks by color. I mentioned how she has been riveted by our new blocks and puzzles; I have to admit that so have all the adults! I bought her a package of Wedgits and they have been a serious hit!

Sorting by color.

Sorting by color.

Here's what Daddy built - I meant it when I said the adults are having fun with these as well!

Here’s what Daddy built – I meant it when I said the adults are having fun with these as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Music and Movement we reviewed Thumbkin, the whole version. I’m sure most of you know it.

“Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?

Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today sir?
Very well, I thank you!
Run away; Run away.

Where is Pointer? Where is Pointer?
Here I am! Here I am!
etc”

For literature and literacy, here is my book list from the library. I also had a few books at home that related well to the theme, including:

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

There were also a few I was unable to find at the library that may work well. I can’t say how good any of them are, as I didn’t see them.

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
My Mom and Dad Make Me Laugh by Nick Sharratt
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle

To go along with Blueberries for Sal, we bought some blueberries (Curly really wanted to pick some, but I think the closest blueberry patch is about 300 miles away – they just don’t naturally grow here on the prairie! 🙁 ) and had blueberries and cream. I was going to bake muffins, but it was just too hot for baking. The blueberries and cream were a perfect cool summer treat!

Curly is enamored with her new ABC puzzles – uppercase and lowercase. They are more challenging than her wooden puzzles as the letters are bendable, and you need to kind of push them in their place. I think that was actually her favorite part! I also had her trace the letters with her fingers.

The rest of this week was spent hanging with family and going to the Fair that’s in town. Hope you all had a great week!

Hot rodding at the fair!

Hot rodding at the fair!

 

To The Zoo!

One of our summer highlights is getting the family pass to the zoo. It is especially exciting this year, as the zoo has been closed for the past 2 years due to serious flooding issues. Now that it has re-opened, the animals are slowly being brought back from zoos across the country that were temporarily housing them. It’s exciting to go every week or two to see which animals are home again! Today, the lemurs and gibbons were back.

Ruffed lemur. The lemur cage is kinda neat- it has walkways so they can go to several different cages.

Ruffed lemur. The lemur cage is kinda neat- it has walkways so they can go to several different cages.

They are kind of hard to see, but there are a few Ring-Tailed Lemurs in the background.

They are kind of hard to see, but there are a few Ring-Tailed Lemurs in the background.

Curly had a great time watching the lemurs, and then we had to go see her favorite – the Bobcat.

The animals were all out of their hiding spots today, including the Bobcat!

The animals were all out of their hiding spots today, including the Bobcat!

The zoo is not only a family favorite, but it’s a great place to take advantage of ‘teachable moments’. Those are the moments when your kid is focused on something and will happily listen to you teach them a tidbit. If you pay attention, there are numerous opportunities throughout the day to pounce on your young one’s curiosity and teach them something. The things they learn in those moments are the ones that seem to really sink into their super duper little brains!

For instance, my daughter knows the names of several different kinds of fish at the pet store. “Mom, let’s go see the Oscars!!” It’s something she’s interested in, so instead of saying “Look at the fishies!”, I say “Look at the Oscars! They can grow really big.”

Really, you can’t count those moments as preschool. That’s just parenting. I admit I enjoy all these opportunities I have to have fun now that I’m a parent – without Curly, I would never get a season pass to the zoo!

Tea I’m drinking today: Dragonwell from Silk Road Teas, iced