Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I thought a smmart way to spend our summer would be to fill our summer weeks with different themes. This week has been all about insects. Boy, have I learned a lot! (Like, did you know that lady bugs are actually called Ladybird Beetles and turn onto their backs to excrete a smelly ooze from their legs when birds and predators come threatening?)
Early this morning I thawed out a few balls of frozen roll dough (or you can whip up a batch of dough from scratch) and shortly after breakfast the dough was thawed enough for us to sculpt our masterpieces.
We made sure to talk about an insect's head, thorax, abdomen...as we secured the six legs and wings to the insect's thorax.
Our littlest helper even placed the 7 ladybug spots onto her little bug.
Then, into the oven...Brush with melted butter...and Voila!
A yummy snack. The girls really liked pulling off the wings, legs, spots, antenae...and eating those separately as they dipped each bite into cream cheese or a little butter.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Alliteration- n. The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables, as in “on scrolls of silver snowy sentences” (Hart Crane). Modern alliteration is predominantly consonantal.
Assonance- n. The repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds, especially in stressed syllables, with changes in the intervening consonants, as in the phrase tilting at windmills. www.answers.com
You can find lyrics of a song, nursery rhyme or in a book that shares several examples of alliteration or assonance, or you can make up several phrases of these forms and use them in a story that you create. You can find these concepts in the rhythmic lyrics of music, prose and poetry.
Give your child a bell or rattle. Share with her some examples of what alliteration and assonance would sound like. Tell your child that you are going to read her a story and she should listen for several words together that have the same letter sound. Every time your child hears alliterative or assonance words, your child should ring her bell or rattle.
You could even create several phrases using alliteration and assonance and give your child two different noise makers (bell, rattle, whistle). Have your child make a noise when she hears alliteration and a different noise when she hears the assonance phrase.
Monday, September 7, 2009
One of my favorite things to do with my little family is go to Remember the Maine park in Vernal and let the kids dip their feet in the water or they have an awesome dinosaur musuem that my kids love
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Cut a popsicle in half.
Let your child place the popsicle halves side by side to indeed compare and see that half means two of the same size.
Draw sharpie lines on an icepop. Divide the pop in half and then in fourths with the lines. Ask your child which line we cut to cut the popsicle in half.
Count the number of segments. Where would we cut the popsicle to create ONE/Fourth? What about THREE/Fourths…as you count out three segments.
Divide a popsicle into thirds with a sharpie. Where should we cut the popsicle to create ONE/Third? TWO/ Thirds?...as you count out two segments.
Discuss that the popsicle in its entirety is the WHOLE.
You can even add... 1/2 plus ½ = whole popsicle
1/3 plus 2/3 = whole popsicle
¼ plus ¼ = half popsicle…or subtract.
So, have fun doing popsicle fractions before summer ends!