Eric Carle Week
In continuation of reading month we are exploring another classic, Eric Carle. We discussed how created beautiful images with tissue paper and of course tried our own hand at it too. I love seeing her excitement in seeing the same person that wrote/illustrated one book can create more stories! Eric Carle has so many classics I wish I owned more on hand, I really enjoy his (true) story about the rubber ducks and The Tiny Seed but did not have those around to read unfortunately. When we have our COVID vaccine we will be checking those books out at our local library (or I will cave and buy them online).
Bananagram Words - We used bananagram tiles (you can use scrabble tiles, or magnetic letters too) and spelled out our sight words with them. I had her facing our word wall and of course we went through and read the words we have added to the board. As you can see our word wall isn't super fancy, the words are written 4x6 on flash cards and tapped onto a poster from the dollar store. I gave her free liberties to choose the words she wanted to spell. Each week we add a new word, this week's word of the week is "you."
Chalkboard Letters - I have done this in previous weeks, it's always a hit. I write the letter of the week in chalk and she traces it with a paintbrush that we dip in water. Once done she takes a turn writing the letter in chalk along with her name and anything else she wishes to write. I like this activity because its a nice change from workbooks. It makes writingand letter work FUN which is how they learn best.
Symmetry - Inspired by "The Hungry Caterpillar" we painted one side of a butterfly folded it and noticed how it made the butterfly perfectly symmetrical.
Q is for Quilt - Both my mom and mother in law are excellent quilters so I reached out to them during Qq week. My daughter had a play date with my mother in law and I asked her to show Lucy her quilts she made. When my mom came to babysit my son I had her show Lucy some quilts she made too. This is a lesson in math because she is learning about shapes and how the can be moved around to potentially create new shapes. My mom helped me make this craft for Lucy. She precut various shapes in colored construction paper and I found this paper quilters "block" on this site. She created her own blocks assembling her very own (paper) quilt.
Arts & Crafts
Tissue Paper Butterfly and Art - Inspired by Eric Carle's tissue paper illustrations we made our own tissue paper creations.
Felt Board Stories - We played with felt stories a lot this week. I found an Etsy shop that has a lot of amazing felt stories and I of course bought all of the Eric Carle ones before I started homeschooling my daughter, that's how charming I thought they were. This week was truly the felt story's time to shine! My daughter loved adding the felt pictures that correlated to the story, it builds great listening skills, and patience. Each time we finished I would sit on the sit upon she sits on and say "ok your turn to be teacher, tell me the story!" Which of course she loves! Retelling is so powerful and such an important skill, it builds: confidence, vocabulary. It also enhances reading comprehension and sequencing, and helps a child organize and describe events.
Mister Seahorse Craft - After reading Mister Seahorse we decorated a seahorse (I image searched seahorse for a nice template) with gems, sequins, tissue paper, markers, and of course googly eyes.
Paint Sticks - We recently discovered paint sticks! Lucy painted her favorite Eric Carle Story with them, The Hungry Caterpillar.