Saturday, March 17, 2012

Week 28 of Pre-K

Bible Verse: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth (Psalm 100:1).

Making a Pictograph
 Jenni made a pictograph showing how many boys and how many girls we have in our family, making sure to include a spot for Baby J since we do not yet know if the sweet babe is a boy or a girl. I asked Jenni what she added to Eric's face after drawing his eyes, nose, mouth and hair. She said she was adding a couple hearts so he would know that she loves him. :)

After completing the graph, we went over some simple math stuff - how many in each row, how many are in our family, how many will be in our family after Baby J is here, how many boys we have in our family now, how many girls we have in our family now, which has more, less or the same, etc.

Making a Real Graph
 Jenni made a graph with the counting bears to show our family's (including Grandpa and Grandma) favorite teddy bear colors. We discussed which column had the most teddy bears, which had the fewest teddy bears, counting the total, etc.

Creating Patterns
 I gave Jenni a handful of counting bears and asked her to create a pattern with the colors she was given. She chose to make an ABC pattern with red, blue and yellow.

Covering a Design in More Than One Way

Jenni used pattern blocks to cover designs in different ways. She loves this kind of problem solving!

Sorting Tangrams
 I told Jenni to sort the pieces in some way.
She sorted them by size.
 She sorted them by color.
 And she sorted them by shape.

Eye Color Graph
Jenni graphed our "big family's" eye colors. She determined the most frequent eye color, least frequent eye color, amounts of each, and total number of people represented on the graph.

Reading and Following a Recipe: Green Water

 I wrote a recipe for "green water" (two cups of yellow water and two cups of blue water) and Jenni had to read and follow the recipe using a one-cup measuring cup.

Reading and Following a Recipe: Rice Krispies

Jenni made Rice Krispies treats. She read the recipe, measured the amount of each ingredient, added and mixed it in and made a delicious treat. We later added a peanut butter chocolate frosting to part of the treat.

Rice Krispies Treats
3 T. butter, 4 cups mini marshmallows, 6 cups rice krispies cereal
Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Mix in cereal. Stir until well coated. Spread the mixture into a greased 13x9-inch pan. Cut into 2-inch squares when cool. Best served day of.

Covering Designs Using Tangrams

I gave Jenni two small triangles and a square from our tangram set and allowed time for Jenni to cover each design.

Explode the Code

  Reading, writing and spelling skills

Ice Pops

 After the kids watched Sid the Science Kid they wanted to try a few of the science activities. We first made Ice Pops. Jenni inserted a Popsicle stick in a banana slice, placed it in a cup, and then poured juice into each cup. We placed them in the freezer for a few hours and once frozen the kiddos enjoyed their juice pops.

Frozen Fruit

  Another Sid the Science Kid activity - We observed reversible change by observing water as it freezes and melts. Jenni placed cut grapes in each section of on an ice cube tray, covered the grapes with water and put it into the freezer. Jenni predicted what would happen with the water and fruit in the freezer. When the ice cubes were frozen, we removed them from the ice cube tray and observed what happened to the water around the fruit. Jenni then had to brainstorm ways to get the fruit out of the ice cubes.

Workbook Activities

Jenni enjoyed coloring a few different pictures. The goal was for her to focus on coloring slowly enough to stay within the lines. Jenni picked what she thought was her "prettiest coloring" and wanted to save it for Grandma. :)

 Joshua enjoyed getting out the math manipulatives and working with them. Here he is working with the linking cubes and does a fairly good job snapping them together - it's hard work!

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