(Sorry...probably T.M.I. but I couldn't resist)
So needless to say, our Tot School plans were left incomplete this week. June Bug spent all of Thursday sick on the couch and poor little Leila had to stay home. I included our plans for the week below, even though, we didn't get to complete them all. I am hoping maybe this weekend we can try to play a game of "Sink or Float" (see Science Connection), at the very least.
The Boat Alphabet Book
By: Jerry Pallotta
Illustrated by: David Biedrzycki
(This book was a little beyond the girls, but they did enjoy looking at the pictures of all the different types of boats. I learned some things too!)
Who Sank the Boat?
By: Pamela Allen
(Both girls got a kick out of this book. I would say this was the favorite of the week!)
To the Island
By: Charlotte Agell
By: Brian Floca
(June Bug loved this book. She noticed that the ship cat was on almost every page if you look carefully.)
"Jesus' friends said to one another, 'What kind of man is this Jesus?
When he talks to the wind and the water, they listen to him.' "
Luke 8: 25b
Luke 8: 22-25, Jesus Calms the Storm
When Jesus talks even the wind and the waves listen! Talk to your tot about Jesus' power. Tell your tot that when Jesus speaks to us we too need to listen, just like the wind and the waves. Mommy and Daddy need to listen to Jesus and so do kids. Jesus also asks that kids listen to their parents too. Explain to your tot that as she listens to her parents, she is also listening, ultimately, to Jesus.
(see extension in Motor Skills section)
LETTER OF THE WEEK: B
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream
"Michael Row Your Boat Ashore"
Michael (change name),
row your boat ashore,
Michael (change name),
row your boat ashore,
"My God is So Big"
My God is so big,
so strong and so mighty,
there's nothing my God cannot do! Woohoo!
ART CONNECTION: Boat Painting
- white paper
- blue paint and paintbrushes
- half circles and triangles cut out of construction paper, various colors
How to make:
1. Have your tot paint the water paper blue to create water and sky.
2. After dry, have your tot glue on half circles and triangles to make sailboats.
CRAFTY CORNER: Sponge Sailboats
SCIENCE CONNECTION: Sink or Float
I found this science experience at a great Christian preschool resource called, Preschool Post.
Sink or Float File Folder Game
What you will need:
- Large blue sheet
Have the children hold onto the blue sheet.
Put a ball in the center. Next, let the
children wave it really fast. Place a ball or
other soft object on the sheet and try to keep
it from falling off. Have one person yell stop
and have all the children stop waving the
sheet and explain how Jesus calmed the
The girls really got into this activity. I think probably because I gave them permission to yell the word, "Stop!" (This just happens to be a favorite word of both girls recently...)
Later on in the day I cracked open the kitchen windows a bit to get some fresh air in. Our ceiling fan was on, so it pulled the air from outside in creating quite a breeze. A few minutes later Leila started yelling, "Stop!" with great conviction. I turned around ready to explain to her that we don't need to yell etc. and saw her standing in front of the window, breeze blowing her hair back, hand extended out with great authority. I realized she was merely acting out what we have been reading about Jesus this week. Yeah for comprehension, right! I had to explain to her, however, only Jesus can make the wind and the waves listen to Him. That is why he is God! :-)
1/2 cup baking cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 stick of butter, melted
1 1/4 cup brown sugar (preferable dark brown)
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
PREP: 10 minutes
BAKE: 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees F
1. Melt butter with cocoa powder on low heat in a saucepan.
2. Mix the sugar, egg and vanilla.
3. Combine the flour and baking powder and then mix into liquid mixture.
4. Pour in melted chocolate mixture and stir.
5. Pour into a greased and floured 8 x 8 baking pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees F. (Don't over bake!)
Blueberry and Banana Breakfast Bake
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled a bit
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
1 cup blueberries or any fruit, fresh or frozen, divided
PREP: 5-10 minutes
BAKE: 35-45 minutes at 375 degrees F
1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
2. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish. (I used a 9 inch pie dish.) In a medium bowl, mix the oats, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the syrup, milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.
3. Spread the sliced bananas in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the berries. Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer. Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats.
4. Sprinkle the remaining berries over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is browned and the oats have set. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.