JUNE 18, 2013: Biscuit In The Garden & Little Green

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Book of the Day: Biscuit in the Garden     Book of the Day: Little Green
Author:
 Alyssa Satin Capucilli                     Author: Keith Baker

Read book overview at:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/biscuit-in-the-garden-alyssa-satin-capucilli/1110615165?ean=9780061935046

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-green-keith-baker/1103664568?ean=9780152928599

My predictions with these stories…
Today was story time at Jacolyn Park, so we based our activities off the books that they read to us. I was being pretty biased with my predictions and “assumed” that the girls would automatically associate the stories with flowers, the boys I didn’t think would be too interested at all…maybe they would go in the direction of a dog since Biscuit was in one of the books, maybe not. But they really surprised me and the day turned into learning about gardening and water. Thought the watering discussion would be more about watering the grass or flowers, but they wanted to water everything but…which is how we ended up playing “car wash”.

Activities Produced from that Story:
Checked on our herb garden, brought the plants inside to cut herbs to cook with & re-watered them
Made a flower craft
Did some flower math (worked on add flowers together and matching flower cards with the same amount of flowers)
Looked through the refrigerator to find all the vegetables we could to make “garden salads” for lunch
Did water play & played “car wash”

What We Learned Today:
Learned about science as we tended to our herb garden. Talked about how the sun & water helps them grow & checked their growth since the last time we tended to them.
Worked on self-help skills as we poured water into the herb plants.
Used imagination & creativity when creating our flower craft.
Used fine motor skills when working on our flower craft.
Worked on pre-math skills (adding, counting & matching amounts)
Talked about food groups & nutrition.
Worked on identifying colors as we talked about all the vegetables we found.
Learned how some new vegetables (like radishes) tasted.
Had sensory experiences with the water play.
Learned about cause & effect with the water play (the kids learned if you get the sponges wet, they will stick on the vehicles).
Learned about taking care of property when playing “car wash”.
Used large muscles when playing “car wash”.

TENDING TO OUR HERB GARDEN:

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DID A FLOWER CRAFT:

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DOING SOME FLOWER MATH:

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MAKE YOUR OWN GARDEN SALAD:

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PLAYING CAR WASH:

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