Friday, December 28, 2012

PreK: Letter D

Welcome to Letter D week.  This week was all about DINOSAURS!
{David is 4.5 years}
David working a Dinosaur puzzle.  (He is in our bathroom because he needed a hard floor but wanted to stay upstairs with me!)
Digging for dinosaurs.

Working on sight words: I, can, me, you.

Number puzzle (1-20).

Number maze (1-30).

A better photo of the number maze.  He loves these things!

Shape matching.

We did almost every single activity in the Magic School Bus Dinosaur kit.
We made different kinds of fossils.  Cast, mold and trace.
Getting ready to make the cast fossil.  Step 1: gather supplies.
Step 2: make imprint of dinosaur in gravel.

Step 3: mix plaster of paris.  Claire was our stirrer!

Step 4: pour plaster into dinosaur imprint and dry overnight.

Making the trace fossil.  Step 1: mix plaster of paris.

Step 2: make dinosaur footprints.

Step 3: remove dinosaurs and dry overnight.

We made a dinosaur skeleton.

And Daddy did a dinosaur "roar" for us.

Our finished fossils.

Handwriting: Number 4 and Letter D.

Our bible verse: "Do all things without complaining or disputing.  Philippians 2:14.

Beginning math and missing number sheets.

Math fun: learning size words.

Blend ladder and word families.

Vowel sounds and Letter D search.

Dinosaur activities from LOTW curriculum.

Art class: drawing different kinds of lines.

Dinosaur coloring.

And 3D dinosaur paintings.
Animal riddles.

Paper plate dinosaur.
Letter building.

Our lowercase d dinosaur and uppercase D dog.

Books we read:
Dinosaur Starts School by Pamela Duncan Edwards
The Super-Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
Dinosaur Dig by Penny Dale
The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur by Cheryl Bardoe
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague 

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Hatcher Dairy Field Trip

Claire and I took a little field trip to a local dairy farm back in October.  (Hello, I'm really behind on my blogging!)  We joined up with another homeschool group and had a fun little day.  After the dairy tour, we got to sample fresh milk and butter.  Yum! Yum!
A fun "milk mustache" contest before the tour.

First stop: cow pasture.  This is all the pregnant cows.  They don't have to milk while they are PG.

These are the milk cows.
And some sheep.

And some chickens.  (The dairy sells eggs too.)

The chicken coop.

This is the farm "pet" cow.

Claire didn't want to get too close!  But she did pet him.

This is the barn where all the babies calves are kept.

Cute babies!

Delivery truck loading up with fresh milk!  This dairy delivers milk to the store within 48 hours of milking.  That is fresh!

This milking chamber.

Inside the factory where the fresh milk is processed and bottled.

Fresh butter.  This stuff was good!

Claire and her buddy McCall.

Obligatory cow photo.

Claire and McCall try their hand at "milking".

Despite the cold and mud that day, this was a fun field trip.  And we brought David and Will home their favorite fresh chocolate milk!