WOL: March/April

I didn't post about it but I did get the summer schedule of Worlds of Learning up on it's page a few weeks ago. It's starts with May. I'll go on record and say that even though it's not as full as the other semesters, I still don't think we will get around to doing it all. But I'd rather have stuff planned that we don't get to, as long as I don't put pressure on myself, than have time to fill. It probably depends on how hot of summer it is. We've got lots of plans for May and June so if July is nice, we'll probably take it easy and spend a lot of time outside. If July is brutally hot, school it is!

We didn't end up doing everything in March/April for various reasons, and I was fine with that. I can really tell Lucy missed it though and is very excited to start again next week.

But here is what we did get done. Most of this was in March so the details may be fuzzy.

For the Clown of God we made a rainbow for God using circles of colored paper. She wrote ways we can give a gift to God on each one. She came up with some good ones like "Obey," "Not hurt" and "Pray." We talked about how don't give gifts to make God loves us, He will love us no matter what, but we give gifts because we love Him.

I'm 100% sure she's not unhappy since this is when she finally got to use the gold glitter glue. I guess that's just a concentration face.

I told her the story took place in Italy and we looked at Italy on the map and in her atlas. Later on, she showed Craig and he told her it was shaped like a boot so every time we mentioned Italy the rest of the month, she had to tell me that it was shaped like a boot :-)

We made bagel face sandwiches for lunch and I'm not sure if I lost the pictures or they ate them so fast I didn't get a chance to take any. We actually ate this several times for lunch this month. They loved it, sprout hair and all!

Another day we talked about the illustrations and did some pen and watercolor paintings of our own. She wanted us both to make turtles so we did!

This was not Jonah's favorite because I refused to let him dump the watercolors everywhere.

For Gabriella's song we made a really simple pasta recipe. It was simple but quite tasty!

Then we played sink or float. It's funny how with Pinterest, I think us moms can get caught up in finding a really cool activity for our kids but in reality, the tried and true ones are popular for a reason. Both kids love playing in water at the sink every single time I suggest it and they play for so long. This time was probably at least an hour.  I started with probably 5-6 items but Lucy kept asking for more and more and then started suggesting things to try. The blue towel is floaters, the green towel is sinkers. Jonah just dumped water everywhere but he had fun too. It gets messy but a few towels clean it up and it isn't like water stains.

And yes, the one time her dress isn't backwards, it's inside-out.

For Miss Rumphius, we picked out some flowers and she arranged them herself. She picked one flower for her small vase to go in her room and the rest she put in a mason jar and insisted they go in my room.

We had planned to do fence weaving but the weather was awful and by the time it was nice, I forgot about it. But this post reminded me so we really should try it. I think she'd enjoy it.

We almost didn't get to do Papa Piccolo. I had it marked as a library book and I know I had checked it out before to plan this semester but it was gone when I went to reserve it. I got it ILL a few days before Easter so we read it, and she loved it, but I didn't have time to do anything with it other than make pizza for dinner (which, if I'm being honest, was already on the menu :-) She also went on a "daddy date" when I sent her along with him on a errand but I can't remember where they went. I think it might have been to pick up chicken feed which probably certainly isn't as fancy as the symphony but that doesn't matter too much when you are three years old.

We also did a few other school-ish activities. These aren't WOL but they were fun and if I don't mention them now, they'll probably get forgotten. Lucy got an egg full of jelly beans. She sorted them by color then graphed them. Jonah held a jelly bean while he colored. 

Then we played a game with 5 jelly beans. I hid some under half the egg and she had to count how many were left and tell me how many were hidden. When she could do it without counting, we moved up to ten. Starting with ten was harder so she had to use fingers to help her out but she understood the concept and loved lifting the egg to see if she was right. And she really loved it when the answer was 0 or 10!

This isn't really Easter related but she recently finished MEP Reception (review coming) so I was printing out the Year 1 materials and she saw the numbers cards while I was laminating them so I had to quickly come up with something. I had just read a greater/less than activity using eggs with various numbers of jelly beans but the duplos were out so we did that instead. She picked two cards and made towers than had the greater than or less than "monster" eat the bigger tower. Then she would "read" the sentence: 1 is less than 6! This was her first introduction to signs in Math since MEP Reception is all oral. She hadn't even seen an equals sign yet so I introduced that when she tried to be sneaky and pick two of the same number. Oh, she really thought she had me! She has asked for this game several times since then and I enjoy it too because Jonah will happily build towers next to us instead of destroying whatever we are trying to work on. Win-win!

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