Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tot School Tuesday: Easter

We did a mini (4 days) Easter unit to learn about the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For more ideas, you can check out our Easter Unit from last year in these three posts:

Craft: Painting Crosses

from various sources including:

Easter Egg Shape Sorter:
"Boo" loved these!

Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers:
Great idea from Happy Home Fairy!  "M" really enjoyed these and quickly learned the story of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.

Definitely a hit!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tot School Tuesday: LH2H Unit 6

"M" is 3 years, 3 months
"Boo" is 1 year, 9 months

The main themes throughout Little Hands to Heaven Unit 6 is the Letter "E", Number 6, and Joseph Becomes a Leader (Genesis 41-48). 

Number 6 Page:
God gave Joseph the knowledge to interpret the King's dream.  Cut out six pillows or blankets and glue to the Number 6 page.

Art Activity:
On brown construction paper the girls were to draw a picture of Joseph no larger than a sticky note.  They then were to paint the paper with thinned glue and sprinkle salt over the glue to make it look like desert sand.  When the glue dried they covered Joseph with a sticky note to represent how Joseph's brothers did not recognize him.

Active Exploration:
Pictures help us remember those we love.  We discussed special things about the people in these family photos.  Joseph had not seen his family for a long time.  He had to keep the memories of them in his mind until he saw them again.  I also turned this activity into an art activity by having the girls paint popsicle sticks to make picture frames for each of the photos.

Art Activity: 7 Fat Cows
Using cotton balls (soft and fluffy, like pillows we dream on), paint 7 cows in the tall green grass.

Wikki Stix Rings:
The king put Joseph in charge of the land of Egypt and gave him a ring to show Joseph was important.

"Boo" must think Mommy is very important because she just kept making my ring bigger and bigger!

Rings and Beads:
sort, stack, make patterns, use strawberry pickers...

3 Letter Words Flash Cards:

Monday, April 16, 2012

More Chicks!

We had heard that our local feed store had some Ameraucana chicks, which we have been looking for (because of their blue/green eggs and cute fuzzy cheeks), so we immediately went to pick up six more chicks.  We came home with 4 Ameraucanas and 2 White Leghorns.  Sadly, one of our Ameraucana chicks died yesterday.  The girlies handled it very well and we quickly buried it in our backyard.  "M" said, "I'm sad Mommy, but it's okay.  The chick will grow big in heaven with Jesus".  Love the sweet, innocent, simple faith of a 3 year old! 

Wanting to get some chicks?  Well, we are new to chicks our self so I am definitely no expert on the matter, but here are some things we have found you need to get started:
*Brooder Structure
This can be as simple as a large, plastic Rubbermaid container.  You will also probably want some sort of chicken netting to cover the container with.  We have found that even at a very young age our chicks and jump up pretty high!
We are using a 250-watt infrared bulb.  The chicks will let you know with their behavior if they are too hot (won't go inside the light circle, spread their wings, pant) or too cold (loud chirping, laying in a pile on top of each other).  Generally you start with the temperature at 95 degrees for the first week, and lower it approximately 5 degrees each week by moving the light up about 2 inches per week.  Since we are keeping our chicks in the garage right now where the surrounding temperature in variable, we need to lift the light higher during the day and lower it at night.
*Floor Covering
We are using cardboard and pine shavings because that is what they were on at the feed store, but you can simply use burlap sacking or newspaper.  You need to keep your floor covering very dry, so expect to change it a few times a day.
*Feeder and Chick Starter
The feed store where you purchase your chicks will be able to tell you what they have been feeding the chicks and make recommendations for you.
*Waterer and Clean Water
You do not need one quite as large as ours when they are so little, but eventually you will.  Our chicks make a mess of their water (kicking in the loose litter), and I need to change it several times a day.  I never fill the waterer more than a quarter full, as it would just be a waste of water.
It is not difficult to care for the chicks, but they do require lots of time and attention.  I check on them 6 or so times a day to make sure they have clean food and water, a dry floor, and good temperature.

A great website I have found for more information is Backyard Chickens.

Have fun and enjoy the many teachable moments!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tot School Tuesday: LH2H Unit 5

"M" is 3 years, 2 months
"Boo" is 1 year, 9 months

Unit 5 in Little Hands to Heaven is mostly a review of the Letters A-D and covers the story of young Joseph from the time his father gave him a coat of many colors until the time he was in prison (Genesis 37-39). 

Craft: Painting Joseph's Coat of Many Colors
I cut a paper towel to look like a coat, and the girls painted it using q-tips.

Number 5 Page: Joseph was sold to be a slave. 
From a magazine, cut out 5 purses or wallets and glue to the Number 5 Page.  "M" did all of the cutting and gluing by herself this week!

Math Activity: Coins
Joseph's brothers were jealous, so they sold him for money.  Inside of a ball of moon dough I hid 5 each of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.  "M" had to find the coins and sort them according to their kind.  She then picked any five coins she wanted and used a crayon to make a rubbing of the coins.

Melissa & Doug's Big Button Number Fun

Melissa & Doug's Sound Puzzles

Colander and Pipe Cleaners

Number Sorting:

Clay and Wikki Stix:
"M" said she wanted to make a bumblebee.  I think she did a pretty good job!

Number Mats:
I used Homeschool Creation's Number Playdough Mats, only the girls covered the numbers with beads rather than playdough and they had to get the appropriate number of beads into the cup using strawberry pickers.

2-Person Parachute:
I ordered this through Achievement Products and it was by far the highlight of the week!