Tennessee: Banjo Granny

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You ever run into one of those books that is just a perfect bedtime book?  This is one of them.  It’s so sweet and soothing, and the kids all loved it.

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Banjo Granny is about a grandma who knows her little grandson loves bluegrass music so she gets her banjo and heads off to play him so bluegrass music.

 

This is beyond easy, so I don’t have a step by step.

Supplies: brown cardstock, popsicle stick, glue, markers, square or round punch (optional, I happened to have one which made cutting it out super easy)

 

Here ya go, punch out your square or circle, glue it on the popsicle stick.  When the glue is dry, or if you’re impatient go ahead right away and draw your lines on.

 

Now play with it.

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The photo shoot was going well until Superman’s Snakey (yes that is the toy’s name) attacked the poor Moosey (can you see a naming trend?).  Poor Moosey passed out in terror…

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Science Sunday: the experiment that didn’t happen

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I complained about this on my facebook page, but I was quite ready to give my kids away to the first bidder that day.  I’d carefully laid out the materials, and we discovered we needed particular water.  So, we left it sitting there to go get the water.  We got back and Superman spilled liquids all over the food, and in the midst of cleaning it lost the food.

 

And then I discovered someone had cut the pipette in half.  At that point I sent them all away so I could regroup and not consider putting them up for adoption………..  I exaggerate slightly, but I was frustrated.

 

Why do I tell you all of this, especially since I do have another science activity to share?

 

Because I want you to know it doesn’t always go right here.  There are some days where I’m ready to throw in the towel and ship them off to public school.  But then I see things like this:

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That’s all three of my kids happily playing together with play food and some plastic dishes.  Batman is in a cloak and from there they went on to fight bad guys and rescue people.

 

Now on to some successful science ideas:

 

Educating Layton was willing to explore a dead owl.  A mom after my own heart Smile

 

I’ve been seeing these water beads all over, and Jada Roo Can Do really makes me want to try them out.

50 state study: Vermont

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Vermont had some really fun books to go with it, and a few that weren’t specifically Vermont, but fit in with things they were known for:

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream– let me tell you, any book and activity that includes ice cream is quite heartily approved of.

 

John Deere tractors (which looks to be missing from this page)- if you go to the post there are several suggestions for great books.

 

Champy- Vermont’s very own version of the Loch Ness Monster, Christy, who is now blogging over at Snacks and Stories, turned me on to the idea of Champy.  We used Mysterious Tadpole, which is really about the Loch Ness Monster, but it worked just fine.  I also have to add, I LOVE stories like this.

 

Nora’s Ark– super cute true story, and it gave my kids a lot to think about for what they would save if they had to leave their house.

 

Tricking the Tally Man– mwa ha ha, bring in math and history all in one well written and illustrated book, SCORE!

 

I’m gonna link this over to Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns and her reading linkie.

All About Reading tip

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I took some of those fun games they have in the All About Reading workbook and made them into an envelope game.  For the feed the monster, I glued him on, and cut a slit in the envelope so we can feed him.

Afterwards the pieces just store right in the envelope we fed them into.

I did the same thing for the monkey game, and plan to do the same for all upcoming games.  Now it’s easy to play it over and over again. Update: 1. Sorry for the bad photo, I took a quick picture with my phone in a rather dark room. 2. Since first creating this “game” we have done the monster game almost every day, I’m taking it super slow with Princess and taking about a week a lesson for now.

Luck with Potatoes

“Luck With Potatoes” is a fun book about a farmer in Tennessee who has the worst luck until one day it turns around.  You’ll have to read the book to find out how.

Well, after reading the book there was nothing to do, but to draw what was going to be found in our potatoes.
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Apparently there were a lot of animals found in our potatoes.  Not to mention entire worlds.  If we were potato farmers we would have been able to make a mint off the things found in there.

I had originally planned on having the kiddos make something out of potatoes, but it didn’t come to pass, much sadness.  Maybe I’ll save that for the 20th rereading of the book.

Tennessee: Casey Jones

One of the local Tennessee heroes is Casey Jones, he was a train engineer in the 1800s who was known for never being late, and who sacrificed himself but saved everyone else on his train from a crash.

He was originally made famous by a song written a few years after his death, and then became famous again when Disney made a cartoon short about him.

For our study we read about Casey Jones with a very well written rhyming book, then we watched the movie.

 

Afterwards we compared the book and the movie.  In this instance we did a simple same and different T-chart, but this is a favorite activity of mine with books that have been made into movies.  What was changed?

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In case you can’t read what that says, in both he crashed, but he did not paddle through water in the book.

 

There were a few significant differences between the book and the movie, and if you’re interested I’d highly recommend the wikipedia article about Casey Jones, it gives some interesting facts there.

 

What is your favorite book to movie transition?  Do you like any picture books that have been made into movies.  I have very mixed feelings on those movies.