Last week we focused on the letter R and Rainbows.  See my Rainbow Trays post here for a look at our trays (activities for the week with links to the original sources). See my Fun Friday post here for a more thorough look at our science investigations- using shaving cream, color paddles and milk. See my ABC Nature Walk post here to check out a cool nature walk we took this week based on a book we read by Arlene Alda titled, ABC A New Way of Seeing.  Here is just a quick glimpse of us in action this week. Again for more specific information about what you see here click on a corresponding link.

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Rainbows were our theme this week. So for our Friday Fun (aka Science) we explored color. First I let the kids explore with the color paddles from Oriental Trading again on the light box. The Little Man really enjoyed making new colors. I also so an idea on Pinterest where you add food coloring to shaving cream and when the kids mix it you get a rainbow effect- sort of.  I had also put food coloring into shaving cream to make bath paint.
Our finale was the milk investigation where you pour milk into a shallow bowl or deep plate. Add four drops of food color to the milk close but not touching. (key here is to wait til milk settles and stops moving- very difficult to do with a 3 and a 4 year old by the table- lol). Next you place one end of a q-tip in the center of the milk careful not to "stir" it. Not much happens. Next dip the other end into some dish soap and place that end into the milk- again careful not to stir- AMAZING!  After a few seconds take it out and just watch. When it appears to stop moving you can dip another soap covered q tip into the bowl some other place and AMAZING! it moves again.  Way cool. It all has to do with the molecular properties of milkfat (I think the property of adhesion) but you can read more about it here.  Ok now for the slide show. Enjoy, we sure did.

Discount School supply has a sale in the color paddles through April 9th 18 paddles for $5.96.
Last week I purchased a bunch of used books from our local library. One of them was Arlene Alda's ABC, A New Way Of Seeing. It is an ABC book where she took pictures of things in nature that looked like the letters of the alphabet (some were man made). My Little Man has really been enjoying this book. So today I spontaneously came up with the idea to go on a nature walk in our neighborhood and look for things that looked like letters.

Daddy was working from home today so he was able to join us for our walk. The Princess had a checkoff sheet with all the letters on it and as we found something she marked it off. Little Man was calling out all the shapes he was seeing it was hilarious as I kept trying to explain we were looking for letters not just shapes. At one point I just bent down gave him a huge hug and kiss and told him he was an expert shape finder.

I took pictures of each thing we found and I plan to bind our own ABC, A New Way of Seeing book. Here is a slide show of what we found, some you may have to look really hard or just use your imagination- lol. It wasn't until I put them in order on the blog that I realized we didn't find any N's. I guess the Princess got a little carried away checking off letters. Oh well we'll have to go out later to find an N.

This was so much fun you really have to try it. I'm going to put them into a powerpoint for the kids in the same style that Alda used in her book. I'll also put together some type of book that we can bind so the kids can go back and look at "our letter adventure"- oh maybe I'll use that for our title.

(you can view the finished power point here)

Thanks to Deb at Living Montessori for featuring us on her Facebook page!
I have really been wanting to bring some bible study to our home preschool but haven't yet decided what I want to do to incorporate the bible into our lessons. I read about Resurrection Eggs and knew this was just the think to get us jump started.

Have you heard of Resurrection Eggs to teach about the 12 days of Easter? I had never heard of this until I saw pins all over Pinterest a few days ago. You can buy Resurrection Eggs apparently but since I am a little behind on this one this year I had to settle for making mine.  Similar to the advent calendar at Christmas you open one egg each day and discuss what is inside. Each day you read a passage from the bible Starting with Palm Sunday and ending with the Resurrection. For instance today we read about Jesus riding the Donkey into Jerusalem and how the people welcomed him by laying palm fronds before him. When we opened our egg there was a picture of a donkey. We discussed why their might be a Donkey in the egg thinking back to the passage we read together. My kids are really enjoying this and it put the focus where it should be- on Jesus not the fake Easter Bunny.

I found some great lesson materials at 2 Teaching Mommies for making my own resurrection eggs. I loved that they added the pages from the Beginner's Bible that went with each of their lessons since that is the bible we use also. I modeled my eggs and activities after their suggestions. They also have a link to printable Resurrection Eggs for Free. They have a separate post for each day. Check them out here.

Sierra over at H is for Homeschooling wrote a whole post on her blog about the resurrection eggs. She even chose her own verses and added extension activities to her resurrection eggs. You can check it out here
I'll take some pictures and update this post as we move through the eggs.
This week we are focusing on the letter R. It has been raining here but I had planned rainbows so even though rain seems more appropriate we are forging ahead with rainbows lol. So here is a slide show of the trays we started with on Monday be sure to check back on Sunday to see all our rainbow fun! Be sure to stop by the What's on the Tray Wednesday Linky at H is for Homeschooling or the Montessori Monday Linky to see what others have planned.

This week we investigated with Ooblek. Funny my own little ones were not nearly impressed with Ooblek as my fifth graders are. I couldn't even get my own kids to touch it.- LMAO. We tried to stir it with spoons, pour it and finally the Little Man decided to use it to decorate his ride on tractor.
So I know I am a little behind in posting on the blog but here are some of the Dr. Seuss inspired activities we did.
I'll do a separate post for our Ooblek Investigation.

Wacky Wednesday is one of The Princess's favorite books and has been for quite some time so I wanted to give her a Wacky Wednesday of her own. Boy was there an excited pair of kids in the house this morning as they walked around and discovered what wacky things that Cat in the Hat had left. Here are some pictures of our wacky Wednesday.
This week we are celebrating Dr. Seuss's belated birthday. I really wanted to finish up our penguin unit last week so I decided to do a belated Dr. Seuss week. This also allowed me to look at others posts and see what they did last week (smart huh?).  Monday we are doing Red Fish, Blue Fish . Tuesday is In A People House and The Tooth Book, Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday (see separate post here) and the ABC Book.  Thursday we have a preschool class at the Adult Center. Friday will be Bartholomew and the Ooblek. Fun week indeed. I will add the links for all the printables later today I have to run out for a little while but wanted to get the trays up.