PreK Week 4 Review

We had a fun and creative week!  My artistic children had a blast.

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Bible

We read ‘A Wife for Isaac’, ‘Jacob Receives the Blessing’, ‘Jacob Flees from Home’, and ‘Jacob Deceived’ in our Storytime Bible.

Exploring the Human Body: Skeleton

We continued reviewing the skeleton with some hands-on activities.

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Math

We learned about ‘greater and lesser’.

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Reading

Along with continuing short ‘a’ CVC words, we added the short ‘i’ this week.  Libby is doing wonderful at sounding out words.  Ian now can recognize all letters, capital and lowercase.  He knows all letter sounds except ‘q’ and ‘x’ – which in my book are the tricky ones!

Handwriting

Libby finished up the capital letters and began working on numbers.

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Learning through Literature: The Art Lesson

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This week we read The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola.  It is a book written about himself as a young budding artist.  We explored many different media this week and let our inner artists come out!

To get started, I gave Libby and Ian their own sketch pad, and told them that as artists, they could use them whenever they felt inspiration to make art.

20130914-170708.jpgThey got to work right away.  I asked them to make a self portiat of them doing something they enjoy doing, as Tomie had drawn himself making art.

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Libby drew herself on a boat with a rainbow in the sky!  She said wants to go to Michigan and ride in a boat with Papa.

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Ian said he wanted to be a ‘Monster’.  🙂

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We used various art materials throughout the week.

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Chalk

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Clay

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Melting Crayon

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Oil Paints

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‘Monster’ by Ian

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‘A Scary Masterpiece’ by Libby

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Bath Crayons, Ian’s Letter ‘T’

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And we also painted pottery at a local shop.

We carried out an experiment with crayons.  We wanted to know what would happen in we put the crayons in the sun, and we were right – they melted!  For fun, we put a few in the shade, a few in direct sun, and a few in the car.  We all thought that the ones in the car would melt fastest, but we were wrong!  The crayons in the direct sunlight melted first.  But Libby was correct in her hypothesis that in the sun, her crayons would melt.

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From L to R: Shade, Car, Direct Sun

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Libby narrated and I dictated her words.

So after we figured out that with heat crayons melt, we used some of our older broken crayons to make new fun crayons!  We put the broken pieces in a silicone cupcake container and ‘baked’ them until melted, then let cool.

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We mapped our story:

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And had yummy crayon treats -pretzels dipped in colored melted candy on each end.  Here is the printable I used for the wrappers.  I told the kids that I had bought them new crayons – and they almost believed me!

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And finally, we had a fun field trip to our local art museum: Kings Art Center.  I was able to sign the kids up for a painting class this coming Saturday which the kids are excited about!

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We walked to a local pizza place that has great abstract art murals on the walls for lunch.

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This was such a fun week.  It is amazing to watch each child blossom into their own persons and find themselves.  Art is such a great way to express thoughts and I hope they both retain their love of art as they grow.

One thought on “PreK Week 4 Review

  1. What a fun week and you are one brave Mama introducing your children to all that messy stuff! All kidding aside, they both have such artistic natures its great that you are introducing them to other and more advanced medias! We sure would love it if Libby would come to Michigan to ride in the boat with Papa!

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