February 2011 - Jenni is 3 years 6 months
We had a really good time exploring the letter Rr! Here is some of what we did...
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
My "r" Sound Box by Jane Belle Moncure
Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky
Inside Noah's Ark by Laura Fischetto
The Bible (Noah's Ark)
The paper was divided into three columns. The left column had the letters r-o-y-g-b-i-v written down the side. The middle column had the color name next to it. The right column was where Jenni colored in the space with the matching color.
I found a coloring sheet online with the rainbow and clouds. I was hoping to have Jenni color in the seven colors of the rainbow into each designated space, but the lines were fairly small making it a little difficult.
Painting the Rainbow
Jenni first colored the sun and clouds with a paint brush. I then gave her several toothpicks and the colors of the rainbow to paint onto her paper in the shape of a rainbow. On another piece of paper I outlined the shape of a boat (to resemble the Ark) and Jenni painted it in with our homemade paintbrush. We then discussed the rainbow convenant...
And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. (Genesis 9:12-16)
We took the 3 primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and mixed them to make the secondary colors. Jenni had a lot of fun mixing the colors together and did a great job remembering what colors mixed together to get the third color. She then made rainbow hand prints :)
Rainbow Counting Bears
Jenni sorted the bears into their matching cups. She then dumped a cup out at a time and counted how many bears were in each cup. We then practiced setting the bears up in 1 row of 10, 2 rows of 5, etc. Counting bears are so fun!
Rainbow Colored Lunch
Part of our rainbow lunch - strawberries, oranges, peaches, celery with peanut butter, black berries and grapes :)
R is for Ranch
Jenni and I went to visit two ranches with our homeschooling group. The parents and the sister of one of the ladies in our group run working horse ranches. At the first ranch we learned about feeding, cleaning, grooming and safety around horses. We saw a pregnant horse that was due to give birth in the coming days, watched men shoe the horses, learned about cleaning the stalls, safety around young horses and older horses, watched riding lessons and much more. It was a neat experience! At the second ranch, we had a sack lunch and walked around the ranch meeting horses and enjoying nature. The kiddos did fun outdoor activities such as bike riding, bubble blowing, and best of all - butterfly catching! It was a gorgeous day, perfect weather, and tons of butterflies flying around the small ponds.