Sunday, December 5, 2010

"We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen

"A father and his four children--a toddler, a preschool boy and two older girls--go on the traditional bear hunt based on the old camp chant. The family skids down a grassy slope, swishes across a river, sludges through mud and, of course, finally sees the bear, who chases them all back to their home. It's a fantastic journey--was it real or imagined?--with the family's actions (and interaction) adding to the trip a good-natured, jolly mood." ~ Publishers Weekly

Aubrey did the lapbook lessons from Homeschool Share.
She also did a color page, letter writing, and word search from First-School and mazes from ??.

For their lesson-related snack, the girls made some sticky, chocolate "mud."

For our field trip, we went to one of our favorite places - Bear Hollow.  On our way to see the bears, we stopped by to see the owl and deer,

turkey that we like to follow,

and the beautiful eagle (Mommy's favorite).
Time to find the bears.....
"Shhhhh....tip-toe, tip-toe...." It's time to go find the bears.
We found them!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"I Am an Artist" by Pat Lowry Collins

"Through visual and spoken imagery, this book attempts to show how the process of making art is as important as the product or artwork itself. We are all artists engaged in truly creative activity when we use all our senses to explore the world around us. Every writer or artist draws upon deeply felt experiences both real and imagined. Each of us can learn to recognize his or her own creative instincts and abilities by tuning into the thoughts and feelings any experience generates. An artist takes the time to make discoveries."  ~ Pat Lowry Collins, author's website

We went for a stroll (with buckets - smile) in search of finding beauty in God's creations.  We used our senses to see, hear, smell, and touch what we found.
The leaves were gorgeous!
Aubrey liked the grass and the green pine needles against  the brown trees.

There was not a cloud in the sky!

The girls blew the seeds of a dandelion,
and smelled and touched flowers and stone.

We heard a chirp then spotted a bird in flight, 
and noticed that the moon was visible in the daytime.

Back inside, Aubrey identified objects while blind-folded, using just her senses of taste, touch, smell, and hearing.
 She did worksheets about the five senses from ???.

Then we got out our magnifying glass and observed shells, a starfish, sand dollar, flowers, and leaves.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Yellow Ball" by Molly Bang

"A young boy plays with a yellow beach ball at the seaside. Bored with the game, he eventually turns away and the ball drifts out to sea. Readers follow the adventures of the ball from one side of the ocean to the other, where it finds a home with another young boy. " ~ Ebay product description

The story is illustrated in pastels (chalk), so Aubrey duplicated the cover picture with her chalk.  She also did the lapbook lessons from Homeschool Share and writing and word search from First-School.

The Georgia Aquarium would have been a great place for our field trip so we could look at ocean life like what the yellow ball saw at sea, but we had to settle for a visit to our local pet store this time to look at small fish and wildlife  (plus some other fun animals, too).

It was feeding time for the snakes - - yuck!

Can't you just hear Addison squealing at the site of the puppy Dachshund?