Saturday, January 21, 2012

Week 22 of Pre-K

Bible Verse: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17).

A quick review of time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour
 Jenni: "Now Mommy, let me teach you about telling time. I'm going to set the time and you will tell me what time it is. Like I'm the teacher." :)
Love my sweet girl!
Working on position (first, second, third, fourth, etc.)
Jenni copying the patterns from my geoboard

Explode the Code

 Reading, writing and spelling skills

 Jenni practiced spelling with our Banagram tiles. She loves using them!

We are using The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading for phonics instruction and Jenni is reading Bob Books: Set 1 for Beginning Readers. Jenni reviewed Bob Books: Set 1, Books 1-4 and is reading Book 5 this week.

Madeline (Five in a Row)
This week we rowed Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. We enjoyed reading Madeline every day and Jenni enjoyed reading aloud the story since she almost has it memorized!

Godly Character Trait: Order
Madeline lives in a world of order. We make it a point to pick up toys and put them where they belong before nap time and again before bed time. An organized, orderly home = a happy home!

Let all things be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40).

Breakfast Crepes
 Crepes originate from France so Jenni and I thought Miss Madeline could have eaten crepes for breakfast (or for dessert). Jenni LOVES crepes. She thinks they are the best thing in the world. She eats them for breakfast with sliced strawberries.

4 eggs lightly beaten
1 1/3 c. milk
2 T. butter, melted
1 c. flour
2 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt

Whisk together ingredients until smooth. Heat a greased skillet pan over medium heat. Spoon 3 T. crepe batter into hot pan. Cook over medium heat 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Serve immediately, plain or with fresh fruit.

French Hot Chocolate

 We also made french hot chocolate, recipe found here. Best homemade hot chocolate we've made. SO delicious, give it a try!

Social Studies: Geography

 Madeline is set in Paris, France. Jenni located France on a world map and placed the Madeline story disk on the map. We noted that Paris is located on the Seine river which flows through the city and eventually empties into the English Channel. We discussed why so many cities were located on major rivers. (Supplies were transported on the river.)
 Coloring the flag of France
 Facts about France

Social Studies: Human Relationships
 In Madeline, the twelve girls demonstrate important character traits. "They smiled at the good and frowned at the bad and sometimes they were very sad." They learn to recognize what is good and appreciate it. They learn what is evil and to avoid it. They learn what is sad and how to have compassion for others. Jenni created a list of things she could do for someone who is ill or in the hospital, like Madeline after her surgery.

Language: Vocabulary

New vocabulary words added to Jenni's vocabulary file box: appendix, solemn, disaster

Art: Appreciating Variety
 Ludwig Bemelmans has illustrated Madeline with a wide variety of drawings - some large, some small, some monochromatic, some full-color. After examining the illustrations in the book, Jenni selected a page to illustrate.

Math: Beginning Grouping and Dividing Skills
Using forty-eight counting bears, Jenni divided the bears into groups of twelve to represent the girls. Jenni worked on grouping the girls in sets of two (to walk down the stairs), sets of three (to go to the sink), sets of four (to eat dinner), sets of six (to play outside), etc.

Science: Health
On the final pages of Madeline, the other girls wish they could have their appendices removed too. Miss Clavel responds, "Thank the Lord you are well!" We made a point of washing our hands after using the bathroom and also before eating. We discussed the importance of our body's need for exercise, healthy meals, and rest. We reviewed the pages where the girls practice many of these same good health habits in the story.

Lap Journal
 Madeline entry for Jenni's Five in a Row Lap Journal

Joshie loves lining up our counting bears.

Little hands keeping busy
 Just monkeying around :)

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