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Monkeying Around on Monday …

on March 26, 2012

Mm is for mud -- and Monday

Mm is for monkey

Little Bear bounced into the living room this morning wearing a monkey nightgown and declaring that monkeys were her current favorite animal. Since Mm is our letter of the week and monkeys were on the agenda anyway, I dubbed today “Monkey Day.”

We grabbed a stack of books plus a couple of games, then headed outside.

Monkeying around

I gave both girls time to run around and encouraged them to pretend they were monkeys, a task Baby Bear embraced wholeheartedly. (I would have been happier had she been a little less zealous about trying to feast upon the local insect population. …) Little Bear played with her baby sister briefly, then allowed that she really just wanted to “do schoolwork.” Our monkey fun included …

Art — Making brown paint footprints to serve as the body of a footprint monkey

Language Arts — Reading the books pictured above (Little Bear read portions of That’s Not My Monkey and Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed on her own); hiding Baby Bear’s sock monkey around the yard and using position words to tell where it was (in the tree, under the picnic table, by the pool, etc.).

Math — Making comparisons while playing Barrel of Monkeys (who got more/less, who had the longer/shorter strand); using aforementioned monkeys to make patterns and make equal groups.

Music — Singing “Monkey Say, Monkey Do” and “Five Little Monkeys.”

Science — Reading a non-fiction piece about spider monkeys; learning what monkeys eat, where they live, and how they move; watching National Geographic video clips on Howler Monkeys and Snow Monkeys.

Reviewing initial consonant sounds

On other more or less educational fronts, we …

Bible — Read the story of Moses in the bulrushes and discussed how Miriam was a good big sister; talked about mercy and began learning “I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord Forever.”

Word-building puzzles

Language Arts — Used Little Bear’s Learning Palette to review initial consonant sounds; practiced writing the letter M; completed a set of word-building puzzles; completed two online reading lessons; completed performing arts vocabulary lesson using sticker picture encyclopedia.

Math — Practiced counting to 50 by 5s and 10s; played categorization and matching game.

Social studies — Read two books about manners, watched Kidsongs: Fun With Manners, and practiced using good manners.

One Response to “Monkeying Around on Monday …”

  1. Stef Layton says:

    I’ll have to keep this in mind when we get to M – we’re only on B right now!!

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