Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I took Master 4 to the movies today to see Toy Story 3 and although I LOVED it, I have to say he was quite frightened at times. I have been quite careful in what television and movies my children watch and have to admit I was quite shocked to read the Toys Story 3 Movie Review For Parents when I hopped on line tonight:
500ml thickened cream
Spread one biscuit with cream then sandwich with another biscuit. Repeat until all biscuits have been used and form a log. (or whatever shape/letter/number you like!)
Spread remaining cream over log to cover entirely.
Cut cake diagonally into slices.
- Grip the pencil ~ at least 2.5 cm from the point
- Tilt paper so that arm is at right-angle to bottom edge of paper (and the top right corner of page is toward writer)
- Write with the hand below the writing line and the wrist straight
If you have a beginning writer who is showing signs of favouring his/her left hand when writing be sure to check this link out http://handedness.org/action/leftwrite.html
Monday, June 28, 2010
We can't go over it. We can't go under it.
Uh-uh! Mud! Thick oozy mud.
Fresh celery stalks
- Fill the glass of water about 1/2 full with water. Add 8 to 10 drops of food coloring to the water. Although you can use any color, the darker colors will show better. Mix carefully with a spoon.
- Trim the ends off several stalks of celery at a slight angle. Leave the leafy ends on the celery. Put the trimmed celery into the glass of colored water. Set out of the way in a safe place.
- Check the celery hourly. The celery will begin showing colored streaks running up the stalk.
- Ask your children what they think have happened. Point out the little red marks on the leaves. Take the celery out of the glass. On a cutting board, use a knife and cut across the celery stalk. Notice that the strings of the celery are colored and the outer edge of the stalk has little colored dots.
- Explain that the water is absorbed or sucked up by a plant. It travels up the stalk and then into the leaves.
* Another good example to use is white carnations.
We made rainbows today. This is a great activity to do with the kids, helping them to see that when colors are mixed, they make something new.
What you need:
Milk or water – If you don’t feel comfortable drinking milk with food coloring, you can use milk that’s past it’s date OR you can use water for this too. I just like how the milk makes the colors show up so bright. Food coloring – red, yellow, blue clear drinking glasses stir stick We lined up our glasses in a row, making it easy to see all the colors in the order of a rainbow. Then we poured our milk into each glass, about half way full. I then started by putting one drop of food coloring into the cups.
- We did the red first (which made pink, but I only wanted to use one drop of color, you could use more).
- Then we skipped one glass and did the yellow next. We went back to the one in the middle and dropped in one red and one yellow drop of food coloring. Using our stir stick, we mixed them together. We now had Orange!
- Then we continued on down the line. Yellow and blue for green...
- ... blue and red for purple.
- Once you see your rainbow, show the kids what would happen if you mixed all the colors together and Brown milk will appear.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
What makes a rainbow? Rainbow activities are a wonderful way to teach colours. I have blogged about some of the activities and books I have been using with Master 2 whilst teaching him his colours.
What fun we had in the ribbon section at Spotlight looking for the colours of the Rainbow inspired by reading our book. As you sing the song below get your child to hold the ring and pull out the colour ribbon that the song suggests - they will love it!
Take a little bit of red (echo),
And a little bit of orange (echo),
Add a stripe of yellow (echo),
And a stripe of green (echo),
A little bit of blue (echo),
A bit of indigo (echo),
Don’t forget the violet (echo),
Then what do you know? (echo),
It’s a rainbow (echo),It’s a rainbow (echo).
A little bit of rain,A little bit of sun,When they come togetherThey make rainbow fun.It’s a rainbow (echo),
A wonderful, wonderful,Magical, magical,Colourful, colourful,Shining rainbow (echo).
This game develops colour and symbol recognition and fine motor skills. I love this game and find I can do so much with it for both my 2 year old and 4 year old.
- Buy a selection of pasta and put it in zip lock bags
- Add about a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to each bag of pasta and several drops of food coloring desired to each bag depending on how much pasta you are looking to dye. Make sure the bag is securely closed and shake so that the coloring and alcohol sufficiently cover all of your macaroni.
- Then dry them on paper plates or wax paper over night.Food colouring can stain, so be careful. You’ll want it completely dry before you start to work with it again, as you don’t want any colour to drip. I put mine out in the sun to dry faster.
- When the pasta is dry you will have a beautiful variety of beads to make awesome jewelry. Or you can use the pasta for other arts and crafts. You can even just fill a clear jar with the colorful gems and use as a vase for dry flowers. Coloured pasta shells are great for this!
- Have your child string on pasta, all sizes and shapes. You can introduce patterns or do counting with your child.
- The perfect necklace for mum!
- Use various pasta shapes/colours to create a picture.
- Put all the coloured pasta into your water/sand tray baby bath and let them enjoy this sensory activitiy.
- Sort the pasta into colours in the muffin tin!
Food Coloring (2-3 small bowls)
Pastry brush or new paint brush
Fork or Spoon for stirring.
2. Add 1-2 drops of food colouring to the milk in each of the bowls. Stir the dye into the milk.
3. Put the bread, milk paint and brush in front of your toddler.
4. Let him or her paint on the bread with the “milk paint”. Flip the bread over for more fun.(You can toast if preferred)
food colouring (four different colours)
2. Add one drop of each food colour to the milk (in towards the centre is best)
Freeze tempera mixed with water in Popsicle moulds and then paint with "paintsicles" on watercolor paper. A dish of salt and a small bowl of water with a dropper helped create beautiful textures. Wetting the paper first with a brush or droppers full of water help the frozen paint slide across the paper. Dipping the end in salt for a minute helped speed up the melting process creating thicker paint, more vibrant colors and a grainy texture. Stamping the ends resulted in rings while sliding on dry paper made scratchy lines.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
These worksheets are designed to help kids develop their scissor skills. Being able to cut basic lines is an important fine motor skill for children and these printable pages will give them some good cutting practice. The worksheets include straight lines, curved lines, zig-zag lines and some random curvy lines. These preschool worksheets are perfect for any parent, teacher or homeschooler looking to help kids develop their fine scissor skills.
This is a very interesting article as it is a question I have been asked many times throughout my years of teaching Prep. I now find myself in this situation as my son's birthday is June 11th and the cut off date for starting school in Queensland is June 30th. So what decision have I made?
I have decided to delay my son from starting school as he would only be 4 1/2 for the first 6 months of school, and would be in a class where some children would turn 6. After teaching in the UK for 8 years pupils are extremely early starters in the classroom and I did not want this pressure on my boys at such a young age.
There is never a rush for children to start school. I think each child's situation and development differs and parents can always discuss concerns or ask for advise from their kinder teacher before making the decision.
- Tea Pots - I'm a Little Tea Pot, Polly Put The Kettle On
- Spiders - Incy Wincy Spider, Little Miss Muffet
- Strawberrys - FIve Little Ladybirds
- I’m a little seatbelt (Sung to the tune of I’m a little teapot)
- Flowers - Mary, Mary, quite contrary, Springtime Song (Tune: Did you ever see a Lassie?)
- Teddies on Sleigh - Jack Frost
- Shape Bottles
- Number Bottles
- You could make a bottle that has laminated pictures from a story you have read, children identify main characters in the story.
Using a butterfly template add dots of coloured paint to one side of the template. (Best to fold it in half first) Then fold the butterfly in half and gently rub in the paint. Unfold the butterfly and wow what a beautiful sight! It's also perfect to use when looking at the Life Cycle of The Butterfly. I purchased this Life Cycle of a Butterfly set that gave Master 4 a good visual understanding when he was placing the cycle in order. (You can always use cut out visual aides) http://http//www.dltk-teach.com/books/hungrycaterpillar/felt_fun.htm
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Like any young kids my boys love balls and the opportunity to roll (or should I say throw) them at any time - even better when they are covered in paint!
I love this activity of rolling tennis balls in different coloured paint and rolling it to a partner. The children were squealing with delight as they rolled it to their friend and saw the patterns it left behind. Once the children had rolled a few colours it brought about talk of the colours mixing together to make new colours. It was also a great hand-eye activity requiring them to stop the ball before it landed on the floor! (well in most cases!!) The finished products looked amazing and I'm definitely going to display this somewhere for all to see.