Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina

"A peddler walks around selling caps from a tall, tottering pile on his head. Unable to sell a single cap one morning, he walks out into the countryside, sits down under a tree, checks that all the caps are in place, and falls asleep. When he wakes up, the caps are gone--and the tree is full of cap-wearing monkeys."
~ Amazon review 
After Aubrey and Mommy read the story together, she followed along with a video of the story on YouTube.
She had fun piling up all the hats that we could find.  Uh-oh!  They're falling!
We did a Hanging Monkeys game which reinforced hand-eye coordination and some simple math (by using the dice).
Aubrey worked on her fine motor skills by stringing beads for a monkey necklace.
Aubrey had her second lesson on money.  This time, she learned the value of each coin in addition to the name of it.  The lapbook items above are from Homeschool Share.

She did letter writing and word searches from First-School, number writing from Preschool Palace, connect the dots from Print Activities, and coin matching from Kids Learning Station.  She completed her computer phonics program for letters N (= nap) and H (=hat) on Starfall

Aubrey did many other computer activities and games for this week's theme.  It helps her with computer skills and hand-eye coordination:

 For our field trip, Aubrey took her piggy bank to the $1 Store and purchased one item.  She had to identify and count out the coins.

We had homemade banana muffins for breakfast and Monkey Bread for our treat of the week.

Suggested go-along books:
- The Wonderful Feast by Esphyra Slobodkina 
- Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (book and game) Eileen Christelow
- One Monkey Too Many by Jackie French Koller and Lynn Munsinger
- A Bargain for Frances by Lillian Hoban
- Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli

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