Theme: Days of the Week and Months of the Year
Days of the Week
For the first week of this theme, we devoted ourselves to the days of the week and the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We did this by introducing a chore chart type board that listed all the things we were to do and did through the week.
We also made this little chart:
We also read books:
Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward, illustrated by Tomie dePaola (one of our faves). This was a really cute book that had the boys invested in what shenanigans the cat would get into everyday.
One Monday Morning by Uri Shulevitz is a lot of fun. A little boy who lives in an apartment in a large city keeps getting visited by members of the royal court (one new member everyday). Only problem is, he is never home. So each day there is a new member. This was great (any book that catches Turtle’s attention is great in my opinion) because while there was something new going on in each page that we got to laugh on and comment on, there was also a lot of repetition so he got to chant along and anticipate actions and reactions. YAY!
And of course, can’t talk about days of the week without talking about Mr. Carle:
Today is Monday Which is cute, but I don’t know, I feel it could have been so much better. But maybe that’s because I’ve read The Very Hungry Caterpillar a gazillion times and still love it. But, that’s a book for a different theme (with art and everything).
Months of the Year
This section of our study of the calendar was mostly devoted to this huge craft undertaking that I got the idea and template for from Things to Share and Remember:
This took us about a week to finish because there’s only so many times you can dip a kid’s hand in paint and wash it off and do it again in one day. I think I’ve tapped them on their interest to do hand print art for a long time. Also, I’ve noticed with both this and the books we read, their interest in months stops around August. I wonder if that’s because we’ve spent so much time this school year in the themes that the fall and winter months focus. Oooops.
But we did enjoy:
Snowy, Flowy, Blowy by Nancy Tafuri This book was good for rhyming, talk of weather and also talk of seasons.
Turtle in July by Saul Singer Sadly, Turtle did not love this as much as I thought he would. It’s a book! About Turtles! What’s not to love?!?
The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett OMG! This book was great! It’s not a book to read, it is a book to explore to talk about, to investigate and giggle over. Great fun! This, and another book that had a poem for each month and a list of things to find on each page were the boys’ favorites. Sadly I can’t remember the name of the other book and can’t find online or in my library’s catolog (which is weird as that’s where I got it).
- Fall, Winter… Seems Like Yesterday…
- Not Your Momma’s Alice