Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More on Frog and Toad

Early this year Ian drew these.

F-Frog Unit

Frog...We have been waiting for this unit!

Because...Frog and Toad Together is THE book that helped my son read (sorry, MFW). Seriously. This was how it begun. His dear friend (an auntie) gave him the book. First we read to him. WE fell in love with the most humorous book!!! Then we found some videos online!! Oh my. This really started him on the book. Then he watched so many times (and we read so many times...I can't count) that he started memorizing the stories. Then he started to relate to the words. And he started reading. As in REAL reading. Not like a couple words reading. He can read every single word in that book after a couple weeks.

Then we got him the Treasury (used one from Amazon). We read again, he read and again he could read everything. From there, he started reading other words from other places. And the phonetic stuff we have been teaching him started to make sense.

I remember the days (actually it's just a few months back) Ian would meticulously write down Toad's List of things to do (from The List). He LOVED that. Those words he can't spell he copied. After hundreds of lists that he copied he can write from memory. Then he started writing his OWN lists, using Toad's list. He learnt spelling from here. No special spelling program.

So. This has to be a tribute to Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad. I had to use their pictures instead of the real frogs.

As for other books, I like "From tadpole to Frog" (Simple enough) but I really don't fancy the Froggy series...maybe the fact that his parents are always yelling at him "FROOGGGGYYY!!" (that's not exemplary huh?) or that Froggy always answer "WHAAATT?" whereas our children learn to say "Yes mama?"

Here are what we did:
*Frog Bread (OH GOSH!!!!!!! Super cute!!!) I used the bread recipe here though (Our all-time FAVORITE...it's SOOOOO good)
*Frog Egg Pop (we used out own lemonade) DELICIOUS
*We played the "eat the flies" game using the party serpentine...VERY fun to play with, but won't work. cos the kids can't really get the flies to "stick" (I put tape at the end)
*We jumped around
*We had an indepth (as much as a five-year-old can take) talk about being careful with our tongues.
*We did a coloring of Frog and Toad (oh how he loves it!)

Monday, April 25, 2011

X-FoX Plan

We don't have that many activities for X-FoX but we have lots of books so I intend to read a book every day.

Here are our activities
*Bible Memory Challenge. I made a series of worksheets to help memorize the verse Ps 119:98 (Ultimately he'll have to write all the words)

*I did a tracer using this cool program on this site for my preschooler
*we'll do a comparison of fox and dog
*We'll do the rhyming game
*We'll read Gingerbread Boy and bake gingerbread

Wild Fox, A true Story by Cherie Mason

Fox In Socks by Dr. Seuss
The Gingerbread Boy" the author is Paul Galdone
Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney Three Aesop fox fables

Dr de soto

Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox

Your commands makes me wiser than my enemies
because your commands are always in my heart. Ps 119:98

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

F-Frog Plan

We have been WAITING for this unit!! Just because "Frog and Toad" books are our very very favorites. They are the books that "taught" my son to read and spell. SERIOUSLY. I'll have to write a post JUST on these two FUNNY amphibians.

Anyhows, because of that I've decided to put up THEIR pictures instead of the real frogs (they look so much cuter anyways).

For our unit, here's the plan

*Lots of frog and toad stuff (reading and videos)
*Frog Lapbook (get ideas here) and a pop up card here
-Difference between frog and toad
*Caterpillar and polliwog video
*Easy paper frog craft for the preschooler
*Play leapfrog

Some fun online games
*Frogmania (eating dragonflies)
*madlibs (if your K'ner can write this will be so fun)
*tic tac toe

*Frog egg pops
*Frog bread (OH MY GOODNESS, this is SOOOO cute. My hubby said "This is getting out of hand")
*Frog fruit

From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer(this is easy to read)

A boy, a dog, and a frog by Mercer Mayer (book without words)
Froggy Goes to the Doctor
Froggy Day out with the Daddy
The Life Cycle of a Frog (great info and pics)
Frog and Toad Treasury
Days with Frog and Toad

Monday, April 18, 2011

B-Butterfly Unit

B-Butterfly unit was so much fun!! We had tons of crafts, activities and our preschooler was REALLY involved. Well, mostly because she loves crafts.

We had great fun with the food too! Here are what we did:
*Pasta life cycle ( I REALLY like this...thank you to my friends for giving me the different pastas!) I ended up buying bowties, so we made a lunch out of it.
*Dramatizing life cycles. The kids love it too. And Colleen painted the wings beforehand. Can you see we used grocery bags? Got the ingenious idea from the forum
*sun-catchers. OOOH...these are so beautitful!
*Drop paints using eye dropper and then fold into half for a love symmetry effect
*Ian read Hungry Caterpillar and used props from here
*For Math this week we made our own weigh balance (such a creative idea!!! I found on the web) and did some weighing. It was fun.
*I think we had too many books of the same idea...so it was redundant.
*We watched a DK DVD on butterfly. It was fun.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

B-Butterfly Plan

B-Butterfly is an amazing week!! We have so much to do I think we might do more than 6 days. We'll see.

Here are some of the things I gleaned from all the great ideas I've seen from the forum and the internet

Grocery bag wings (use grocery bags to make butterfly wings)

tissue butterfly
caterpillar becomes butterfly craft
Paint a butterfly

Sun catcher (thanks to a gift from a friend)

Life Cycle
Nice photos here
Other info of the butterfly and here
Make cards and a poster
Activity (from the manual)
Pasta poster (got from the forum)
  -egg (rice)
  -caterpillar (rotini)
  -chrysalis (shell)
  -butterfly (bowtie)

Flutter-By Franks (got this from the forum)

1 tube (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls
4 hot dogs (or turkey dogs, if you prefer)
Ketchup & mustard

Unroll crescent dough & separate into eight triangles; cut each triangle in half. Roll each piece into a ball; flatten to 1/2-inch thickness. For wings, place four dough balls in a square shape 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Cut each hot dog length-wise 1/3 the length of the dog (makes the butterfly antennae). Press a hot dog between each set of wings.

Another snack here

Lunch idea: use sandwich, carrots etc to make butterfly

Connect the dots
Great preschool worksheets
Days of the week worksheets
Hungry Caterpillar sequence pictures

Other videos

From Caterpillar to Butterfly - Deborah Heiligman
Hurry and the Monarch - Antoine O Flatharta

Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way - Elizabeth Ring
Where Butterflies Grow - Joanne Ryder
Butterfly Story by Anca Hariton

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent
Magnificent Monarchs by Linda Glaser
Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert

Are You a Butterfly? by Judy Allen & Tudor Humphries
Butterfly House by Eve Bunting
2 Cor 5:17
Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.

The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

若有人在基督裡 他就是新造的人舊事已過都變成新的了

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

J-Jewel Unit

For J-Jewel, we had SOOO much fun with our acrylic jewels. We did a lot of stuff with them
*Jewel patterning
*Jewel Hunt (Which was a hilarious story, read from pics)
*Jeweled cross
*Jeweled crown
*the toddler played with them, putting them in containers and dumping out

Other things we did
*Ian (and me. cos I only know the simplified version)learn to write the Chinese character "Bao" (precious). Not an easy word. We write it everyday.
*Made necklaces adn bracelets. The kids LOVE them!!
*We really like Diamonds and Toads.
*baked these really yummy Thumbprint cookies

Saturday, April 2, 2011

J-Jewel Plan

We've already started on the unit and we enjoy the fun with the "jewels".

We LOVE the books too! I'm glad many years back I bought this pack of acrylic jewels...for fun. I thought I'll be able to do something for the kids in therapy. I didn't do much. So, we are going to have lots of fun with them!
Plan for this unit:
*Jewels on cross (using popsicle sticks)
*Jewels on crown (using the template here )
*Make necklaces/bracelets from pony beads (we already did them and the kids LOVE it!) *Use the acrylic jewels for patterning
*Do a jewel hunt
 *Learn the songs "Jesus You are more precious than silver" and maybe "When He cometh " *Coloring for J (I used the J is for Jesus on this site
*Make a thumprint cookie? (with raspberry jam filling)

Book list:
*The girl who wore too much (great book, good learning!)
* Moon Lake
*Benjamin's Treasure
*Diamonds and Toads (our kids REALLY like this one)

Bible Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord Philippians 3:8 (CES) 我以認識我主基督耶穌 為至寶 腓立比書 3:8