It's time to tell you about Shadow week! Actually, it was a kind of upside-down week, too. And shamrock and diamond week. Sort of a non-theme week?
Our theme book was Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch. I really love that book. And we read lots of other shadow books that I really love:
- Moonlight & Shadow by Elisabeth Jones and James Coplestone - possibly my favorite book of the week! Cuz it has a pony in it...
- The Dark, Dark Night by M. Christina Butler and Jane Chapman - another favorite.
- What Makes a Shadow? by Clyde Robert Bulla – Mom’s favorite, cuz it was very educational and all and I had to learn a lot
- Shadows and Reflections by Tana Hoban - a photo book - I looked for shadows in the photos...
- Shadows by April Pulley Sayre
- My Shadow by Sheila Gore
- My Shadow by Susan Winter
- Simple Science Experiments with Light by Eiji Orii and Masaka Orii - I'll be honest - I didn't read this book personally. It was more a Mom kinda book for ideas...
- St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice by Joyce A. Stengel - because we needed SOMETHING to go with the shamrock theme... And the author was really nice and sent us our very own copy of the book. It was pretty cool - about mice and snakes - and I LIKE books about animals that can really talk.
I made a hand shadows book. Because you can really make animals with your hands.
We drew a pond on some butcher paper, and I drew a fish in the pond. Then we experimented with a flashlight and my teddy bear to see if we could get bear's shadow on the fish. Just like in the book.
We made a paper bag bear puppet, so I could act out the theme story while Mom read it.
Mom put together a basket of different objects and some "shadows" she had cut out of purple construction paper. I had to match the objects to their shadows. Easy peasy!
Enough of shadows... let's move on to shamrocks! I laced up a green shamrock sewing card with purple ribbon. I'm still working on the whole sequence thing - I pretty much sew all over the card, not in order.
We measured some shamrocks with my very own measuring tape - in millimeters. I helped Mom write down the measurements by writing the Ms.
We played Shamrock BINGO! I like this game. Mom made up a card by writing random letters on 12 shamrocks. Then she flipped through a set of alphabet flashcards (shuffled, of course) and called letters. If I had the letter on my card, I put a glass marker on it.
Our shape of the month was diamond, so I did some diamond worksheets.
Except I'm not really into following worksheet directions these days. I'd rather draw dogs.
Our letter of the week was U, so I colored some U things (pink, of course) and made a collage.
Upside-down starts with U! So I drew a rainbow while I was upside down - on a paper that was taped to the bottom of a chair...
We made upside-down cake. I sneak-taste-tested it - before it baked. Yummy! (Don't tell - Mom didn't see me. If it wasn't for that tell-tale stuff around my mouth...
After it was baked, I ate a few bites AROUND the pineapple. But I DON'T like pineapple. Or cherries. So I didn't eat that part.
I was supposed to paint a fish - like Bear caught in the theme story. But I painted lots of other stuff with my water colors.
And Mom and I painted this random piece (with tempera paint) together - after we discovered ladybugs outside.
Remember that letter I wrote to the president? I got a letter back!
We experimented with ice cubes - we made them out of orange juice and cranberry juice. They made my drinks really interesting!
I pretended to be a baby pony half the week (and a baby dragon, unicorn, zebra, goat, and goose, among other babies). Here I am neighing with my extended mouth!
I got out my skateboard!
The best way to ride it is on my tummy, of course.
I got out the play dough - I've been using it a lot at daycare and really like it! I had this great idea to make star-shaped shish kebabs. And then I made fire on a stick.
I told Mom I wanted to make a dandelion. So she showed me how to color a coffee filter with a yellow marker. We colored four filters.
I sprayed the filters with water! I used way more water than Mom said I should...
After they dried (which took a really long time), Mom attached all of them with a green pipe cleaner. Isn't the flower beautiful?! I insisted on sleeping with it.