A List Maker's Life: Barn Dance

Monday, October 12, 2009

Barn Dance

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Welcome to Thursday School!
According to our Itty Bitty Bookworm scope and sequence for October we were set to work on:
letter - H
numbers - 4, 5, and 6
color - orange
shape - triangle

This week's theme was Barn Dance, based on the book by Bill Martin. However, we discovered that there are several books by the same title. All worth the read.

There is also a perfectly appropriate silly song called, Barnyard Dance, composed using the words from the book by Sandra Boyton. We danced and sang along. Of course we also had to do our own rendition of E-I-E-I-O.

For centers the kids could choose from playing with the Little People farm set, farm puzzles, building a farm out of blocks, or searching for the letters of their names in a tray full of hay.

During art time, we put together paper bag scarecrows, stuffed with packing peanuts, and decorated them with orange triangle accessories and hay for hair.

We had a silly horse race while practicing the H sound. Then brainstormed other H words such as heart, hay, hats, and more.

Since scarecrows usually wear cast off clothing, we decided to patch up the pants with a little counting game. Each child had a pair of pants to work with. On their turn they drew one number card (4, 5, or 6), identified the number, then picked that many patches from the pile in the middle.

To review the letters that we have introduced so far we played "Knock, Knock" with scrabble tiles. The letters L, E, F, D, and H were turned upside down on the table. The children took turns knocking on a letter and saying "Knock, Knock." The rest of us responded with "Who's There." Then the knocking child would flip over the tile and tell us the letter. If the response was correct they could keep the letter, if not it went back in the pile face down.

I had a lot of fun planning for this week's lessons and it is fun to see what the kid's are learning and recalling already!

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  1. What fun your kids must have at school. This is so encouraging because I am feeling led to home school. Great projects!

  2. What a great lesson, the kids did great and look like they are having so much fun.


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