Cultivating Knowledge in Mommy's Garden

Following the adventures of two little girls and their mommy, as they learn and create together!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Program! 11-11-11

The girls worked very hard on putting together a Thanksgiving Program (Selena called it a concert, even though there was no music).  We scheduled it for 11-11-11 because it was a cool date, then realized it was also Veterans Day, so we had double duty.
The program started with an explanation of "America's White Table" which we set up a few times a year, followed by the seating of our guests.  Each guest got a program with a beaded bracelet depicting the story of the Pilgrims journey to America.

Then we all said the Pledge of Allegiance, which along with patriotic songs, has been out history lesson this week.  Next was a "First Thanksgiving" puppet show.
 Following the puppet show, the girls did an interpretive dance as leaves falling from the trees.
 The last was a Native American demonstrations, where the girls showed the audience how to weave baskets, fish, plant vegetables, grind corn meal, cook fish, and shoot turkeys with a bow and arrow.

The cast, Selena as Pilgrim Boy, Sweetgum Leaf, and Little Bunny
Abby as Native American Girl, Maple Leaf, and Running Horse
Mommy as director and narrator, and Grandma Judy as the Turkey.  

After the program, the girls served the treats that we worked hard on all week.
Turkey Cookies, Pilgrim Hats, Acorns, Apple Braided Bread, Zucchini Bread, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Apple Cider... It was a great party!

November 8th

  Decorating sight words
 Calendar for November
First ice skating lesson of the year!  the girls did so good, what an improvement over last year.

November 7th

 Making crafty things in free play time, and writing the Pledge of Allegiance for handwriting practice.
 Beading bracelets for the program, and sorting beads.
 Recess playing

Leaf Study Sassafras

 Sassafras - origin of Root Beer!  We had some to celebrate the almost finished leaf study!
Grandpa and Grandma came out to visit, and Grandpa tried on the costume we picked up for him! 

November 4th

 Word book and MORE decorations.

November 3rd

 More decorations and decorating our sight words.

 Selena's free time play was spent making an Indian village and math work.

November 2nd

 Patterning - Caterpillar :)  She is so clever in her free play time.  What a cute turkey!
 Decorating the Puppet Theater for the program!
Trying on the costumes :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween, School, and Trick-or-Treating

 The girls were so excited to hand out treats.  They waited so patiently for our 150 trick-or-treaters.

Carving Pumpkins


Halloween Fun at the Waterpark

For Halloween this year (like last year) we went to Silver Mountain and stayed at the waterpark.  We took Grandma Judy with us this time, it was her first time going to the waterpark and we all had such a good time. 
It's special to go to the waterpark for Halloween because they have trick-or-treating, pumpkin races in the lazy river, crafts, movies, and more!
Our little mermaids were the hit of the party!