We kicked off the morning by reading the story of the Tower of Babel, then trying to build a tower that reached to the ceiling. Little Bear built with nesting blocks, three different types of wooden blocks, and Duplos, but never managed to build a tower taller than herself. When at last she realized the task was beyond her ability and that her best efforts were futile, we discussed how it was just as futile for man to try to reach Heaven in his own strength — whether by building a tower or doing good works — and reviewed John 14:6.
Next, we turned our attention to poetry. Little Bear loves nursery rhymes, and we’ve been expanding on that love recently by incorporating selections from The Random House Book of Poetry for Children and A Child’s Garden of Verses, along with occasional kid-friendly poems from other sources. (Mommy is partial to Emily Dickinson and Jack Prelutsky.) Today, we expanded on that theme by reading Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! and exploring different types of poetry. Then, we took a birthday message Little Bear had narrated for her Nana and turned it into a poem:
To Nana On Her Birthday
by Little Bear ( with a little help from Mommy)
I love you, Nana!
You are my friend.
Please come for a visit
before summer’s end.
Today is your birthday.
Hip, hip hooray!
I hope you get a birthday cake
and birthday presents too.
I’m sending hugs and kisses
and lots of love to you.
It won’t be winning any prizes, but Little Bear was super excited to e-mail Nana a birthday poem she had authored in large part by herself. She was even more excited when Nana responded with a poem! (Thanks, Nana — and Happy Birthday!)
Moving on to our textbook work, we’re continuing to work on basic number sense. We pulled out all of our stuffed animal pets today, sorted them by type, counted and graphed each type, then made more/less comparisons. We also observed how a group of five puppies remained a group of five puppies whether the group was spread out, pushed tightly together, stacked, lined up, hidden under a playsilk, or arranged in any other configuration Little Bear could imagine.
We repeated this activity with buttons; then, since Baby Bear was napping and Little Bear could safely play with buttons, she enjoyed some free button play time. She’d pull a handful out of the bin, count them, sort them by shape or color, then compare groups. Finally, she tackled the somewhat tedious task of completing a number tracing and writing worksheet. Suffice it to say, handwriting is NOT Little Bear’s forte. But she did the work without complaint and did her best — two things that count for far more in my book than beautiful penmanship.
After one tedious written activity, we chose to leave the phonics book on the shelf today and instead enjoy some Letter Qq activities on ABCMouse.com. We also read Quick as a Cricket and re-read Q Is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game. Wrapping up our Letter Qq fun, Little Bear got to watch VeggieTales: Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen and once more dress up as a queen.