Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Are you in a "mud" to celebrate this day? Ideas

Book suggestions

Harry The Dirty Dog - Gene Zion
Milk Rock - John Kaufman
Stone Soup - Ann McGovern
The Mud Pony - adapted by Caron Lee Cohen

Mud Painting
Gather some squishy mud in a bucket. Mix water with it till you feel it is the right consistency. Spoon some mud onto cardboard and using an old paintbrush begin. The children can use their fingers, an old comb or anything else to make interesting patterns. When finished let it dry to take home.

Dirt Prints
Mix up mud in a bucket and spread it along the ground for about 2 yards. It will need to be about 3/4 inch thick. Now put on two old shoes that are each different and walk along your mud road. Next change to two different shoes again. Take giant steps and baby steps. Smooth the mud to start again.

I love to play
Tune: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"
I love to play in the sand box.
I love to play in the dirt.
I love to play in the wet mud.
I squish it and watch it squirt.

Delicious mud
3 spoons instant chocolate pudding
1/2 cup milk
2 chocolate cookies
Place the cookies in a resealable plastic bag. Use your hands to break the cookies into tiny bits. Pour the milk and the pudding mix into a small jar or a margarine tub with a tight-fitting lid. Shake for three minutes. Pour the pudding (mud) into a clear plastic cup. Sprinkle the cookie bits (dirt) on top of the mud. Dig in!

Another mud treat from Simply Homemade

You can see the linky below hosted by Hands on: As we Grow..

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Eric Carle!!

Today is Eric Carle's birthday and I want to celebrate his life and wonderful work sharing some ideas for his books.

Brown Bear funfolder for take me home time

puppets and glove for retelling the story

We colour, cut and store characters in the book in a retelling bag.

(we made one retelling bag for the books we read in a paperbag)

I pasted a pocket in the books with activity cards for independent and guided reading.

Stay tuned! I will be adding more pics!

You can read more about him at his official site or blog

Carson Dellosa has a bunch of freebies for Eric Carle, too

An amazing child is celebrating Eric Carle's birthday with AmAzInG ideas.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Amazing Authors - Tamara Chilver

June, 15th is Book Day. I want to introduce an amazing author, Tamara L. Chilver

Tamara L. Chilver is the founder of Teaching with TLC, which was created to help bridge the gap between home and school by providing parents with the tools they need to help their children succeed academically. Tamara’s bachelor’s degree is in elementary education, and her master’s degree is in elementary curriculum. She is blessed to be the mother of five children. Before entering the homeschooling world thirteen years ago, Tamara was a public school elementary teacher, a private school curriculum coordinator, and a private tutor.

Tamara uses her diverse background in education to coach parents of elementary children by simplifying learning methods and guiding parents to break through the obstacles of learning. Tamara is an author of two published books and several E-Books. She provides teaching workshops for parents through seminars, publications, radio, and television. Tamara has recently discovered her passion for blogging and enjoys sharing fun and creative teaching tips on her blog, as well as on another site she created

These are two of some of her wonderful books.

And this is one of my favourite posts from her blog

Get back to he basic this school year
As home educators we can often create extra stress for ourselves as we begin to plan our school year. We do this out of love for our children by wanting to provide the highest quality education for them and part of this is finding the best resources and teaching tools.This sounds simple but have you ever atended a large homeschool convention? It is quite overwhelming.

A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.

Monday, June 13, 2011

USA Flag Day

USA Flag Day is celebrated on June,14th. The American national flag has come through an eventful course of changes. The USA flag which we see these days has been effective since July 4, 1960.

The pledge :I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The Star Spangled Banner
By Francis Scott Key

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Happy Flag day to all my American friends!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Gingerbread baby by Jan Brett

Have you  read this wonderful book?

"I am the Gingerbread Baby
fresh from the pan.
If you want me
catch me if you can."

Jan Brett has lots of ideas for her books.
these are some

And played a guessing game for characters

Who said that?

"Sniff, sniff, Gingerbread!
Sniff, Sniff, Gingerbread!
I'll try and find you now.
I'll track you through the snow,
Bow Wow Wow!

"Thumpity, thumpity what do we feel?
That Gingerbread Baby would make a good meal
(Clippity clop, clippity clop)
- with wood blocks."

Gingerbread Baby you're as
naughty as can be.
First you tweaked my masters' nose
now you run away from me.
Woof, Woof Woof!

"Smack, smack, I'm licking my chops
I'm a fox and I'm fast, I'll catch you at last!"

"Meow, meow, meow
I twitch my tail and my whiskers too,
Gingerbread Baby, I'm going to catch you"

"I tossed the baby high, and he jumped right
on my snout, Oink, Oink, Oink
a cookie with bad manners, what's this all about?
Gingerbread Baby, come back!
Gingerbread Baby, come back!

Print, cut and fold by the dotted line. Let children read the guessing card and unfold to check their guessing.

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    Gingerbread Man story

    Once upon a time, a little old lady made a Gingerbread man for a treat. She put him in the oven to bake, but after a while she heard a tiny voice crying,"Help! Let me out."So she opened the oven door.
    The little Gingerbread man shot out of the oven and frightened the little old woman ... but she tried to catch him. The Gingerbread man was too fast. He ran up the road singing,

    "Run, run as fast as you can.You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread man."

    Soon the Gingerbread man met a duck. "Quack, quack. Stop little gingerbread man!

    I would like to eat you," said the duck. But the Gingerbread man was too fast. He ran away singing...
    "Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me ... I'm the Gingerbread man."

    Soon the Gingerbread man met a cow. "Moo, moo! Stop little gingerbreadman! You would like to eat you," mooed the cow.But the Gingerbread man was too fast. He ran away singing...
    "Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me ... I'm the Gingerbread man."

    Further down the road the Gingerbread man met a horse. "Neigh, neigh! Stop little gingerbreadman! I want to eat you," neighed the horse hungrily. But the Gingerbread man was too fast. He ran away singing...
    "Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me ... I'm the Gingerbread man."
    The Gingerbread man ran faster and faster. Then he met an old fox."Stop little gingerbreadman, I want to talk to you!" he smiled.But the Gingerbread man ran away singing...
    "Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me ... I'm the Gingerbread man."
    But the sly fox said: "I don't want to eat you. I'm your friend."
    Soon they came to a river. The fox said "I'll help you cross the river. Jump onto my tail." So the little Gingerbread man did.
    Before long the fox said, "You are too heavy. Jump on my back." So the little Gingerbread man did.After a while the fox said, "You are too heavy for my back. Jump on my nose." So the little Gingerbread man did.
    Finally they reached the other side of the river. The sly fox tilted back his head quickly, tossed the Gingerbread man into the air and opened his mouth. SNAP!That was the end of the Gingerbread man.

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      Some facts about ginger and recipe

      We learn some facts about the Ginger plant.

      The ginger plant originated in southeast Asia.

      In Medieval England, gingerbread simply meant "preserved ginger" and evolved form the Old French "gingebras" which came from "zingebar" the Latin name of the spice.

      In Medieval Europe, ginger was the second most highly traded spice after pepper.

      According to legend, Queen Elizabeth 1st of England invented the "gingerbread man".

      The English brought ginger to the American colonies early on. Ginger cookies were handed out to persuade Virginia voters to elect certain candidates for the House of Burgesses.

      During the 19th century, gingerbread was modernized and romanticized when the Grimm brothers collected the fairy tale about Hansel and Gretel. This story was about two children who were lost in the woods when they discovered a house made of bread, cake and candles.

      Gingerbread has been baked in Europe for centuries. In some places, it was a soft, delicately spiced cake; in others, a crisp, flat cookie, and in others, warm, thick, steamy-dark squares of "bread," sometimes served with a pitcher of lemon sauce or whipped cream. It was sometimes light, sometimes dark, sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy, but it was almost always cut into shapes such as men, women, stars or animals, and colorfully decorated or stamped with a mold and dusted with white sugar to make the impression visible.The term may be imprecise because in Medieval England gingerbread meant simply "preserved ginger" and was a corruption of the Old French gingebras, derived from the Latin name of the spice, Zingebar. It was only in the fifteenth century that the term came to be applied to a kind of cake made with treacle and flavored with ginger.Ginger was also discovered to have a preservative effect when added to pastries and bread, and this probably led to the development of recipes for ginger cakes, cookies, Australian gingernuts and flavored bread.

      We asked parents and grandparents for recipes with ginger. We collected some. These are our favourites.

      Gingerbread cookies

      You will need:

      1/2 cup shortening
      1 egg
      1/2 cup brown sugar
      1 1/2 cup flour
      1 pkg. instant butterscotch pudding mix
      1 1/2 tea spoon ginger
      1/2 tea spoon cinnamon
      1/2 tea spoon baking soda
      Favourite frosting, raisins & candies
      Cookie cutter

      Mix together egg, shortening, and brown sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Roll out dough and cut into gingerbread men shapes with a cookie cutter. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Decorate men using favorite frosting and candies. It's fun to make these after reading the classic tale of The Gingerbread Man.

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        Where are you Mr. Gingerbread Man?

        National Gingrebread Man is celebrated on June, 5th
        This is how we celebrated our GGBM friend!
        First, we read 2 different versions of the GGBM story.

        While we were reading the last story, the principal knocked our door. She gave us a letter for us.
        "Who sent this letter?" We were all very curious about it.

        We opened the envelope to find some photographs of him at school
        We looked at the pics and guessed where he had been.

        library, girls' toilet, Sofia's folder

        secreatary's phone, Miss Ana's desk

        5th grade's Spanish book, Spanish teacher's pencil case
        and arts and crafts' corner.

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