This week we had fun learning about Texas and the Wild West! We also attended Daddy’s work Halloween party and had a great time!
We continue to read through our Bible stories. This week we continued reading about Moses leading the Israelites through hard times as they try to make their way to Canaan.
Exploring the Human Body: Brain
We read a few books about the brain and watched BrainPOP’s movie about the brain and its function. Then we did this activity where we layered the brain, skull, and face.
We began working on making sets of 10. We ‘lassoed’ the sets with pipe cleaners because we were cowgirls!
We reviewed letter D and continued to letter B.
We complete Lesson 13 this week. Libby read two stories from her readers, the most recent was The Sad Hog. Next week we will learn the ‘qu’ and ‘x’ sounds.
Learning through Literature: Armadillo Rodeo
“When Bo spots what he thinks is a “rip-roarin’, rootin’-tootin’, shiny red armadillo,” he knows what he has to do. Follow that armadillo! Bo leaves his mother and three brothers behind and takes off for a two-stepping, bronco-bucking adventure. Jan Brett turns her considerable talents toward the Texas countryside in this amusing story of an armadillo on his own.” –Amazon
We love Jan Brett around here. Her charming stories and wonderful interesting illustrations are always a hit, and Armadillo Rodeo was no different!
We also read Heart of Texas A Lone Star ABC, and found Texas on our US map. We learned the armadillos are the Texas state animal and bluebonnets are the state flower. After reading The Legend of the Bluebonnet, we painted our own bluebonnets. We then made armadillos our of craft paper and noodles! We had a neighborhood friend join in for our artwork.
We practiced using descriptive language, just as Jan Brett did when describing the “rip-roarin’, rootin’-tootin’, shiny red boots”. Libby described a boot to me, and I drew it as she described. In the end, it didn’t look exactly how she had hoped! She realized she needed to be more specific with the details! We talked about different ways she could have been more descriptive.
We learned the meaning of the words rodeo, stampede, ranch, and tumbleweed this week, and also ate a yummy ‘tumbleweed’ treat made with pretzels, honey, peanut butter and a bit of chocolate. YUM. I took a picture but somehow it got deleted. Anyways, they were delicious. We also watched videos of rodeos on YouTube. I was worried that it would be too much for the kids but they really enjoyed it! They laughed when the people would fall off! They also liked the rodeo clowns.
For math this week we talked about how many is in a pair. We also read the book Rodeo Time, which was an introduction to clocks and time-telling.
To learn about the desert habitat, we read Why oh Why Are Deserts Dry? We love these Cat in the Hat inspired educational books, L and I really enjoy the rhyming words and actually learn a ton! We watched a movie about desert habitat on BrainPOP, and then made our own cactus using cucumbers and toothpicks. Ian loved this! I had prepared desert sensory bins using cornmeal and desert animals, so they were able to play outside in their deserts.
And of course we had a Cowboy Day! We began by reading Cowboys and Cowgirls Yipee-Yay by Gail Gibbons. Then we dressed up like cowboys ourselves. We listened to country music and followed along a kids square dance video. Lunch was pork ‘n beans, of course! That night, we went to dinner at a western resturant and saw a buffalo on the wall and a real wagon!