Saturday, August 20, 2011

School Time V Week

We started this week trying to finish our "wind chimes." I thought I had a good idea.  We started painting some paper towel rolls to look like the sky last week.

Hannah had to see if her hand would fit through.

Then the paintbrush. 

I thought it would be cute to make it look like the sky as we were learning about God creating the sky on Day 2 of creation.  
We started this week by continuing the project.  The girls took turns painting clouds onto the rolls.

In the meantime daddy helped whoever wasn't painting. We had made a strip of clouds and numbered them up to 18.  Then they counted one to one with some cotton balls.

Our actual V lessons started with our muffin tin

Then we made our V collages:

Our words this week are:
van, vacuum, vase, vulture, volcano and violin
Our memory verse is :
Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth on me shall have eternal life.

I know I haven't posted the verse lately. I just forgot. We've still been learning a verse for each letter.  I also decided to start looking for sign language signs again. All of our words except for vulture had a sign I could find. (I was reading some old posts that reminded me of what I used to do.)

Next we made our "V is for Vegetables" book. We started with the cover. I had the girls trace the title.


Then they glued on some veggies.


Hannah just colored her cover. Had to share this picture.

Then we gave some spots to our cucumbers. I had cut the veggies out of construction paper before we started.

And glued them into a V shape.

Next page was carrots. I had them draw on some lines and we glued them to the next page.

They added some greenery.

Next was the corn. I had them color some yellow and white kernels.

And the celery was colored light green on white paper.

Today I printed out a picture of a volcano for the girls to color.

 Then we looked at some pictures of volcanoes on Google Images. Then this evening we made our own volcano. I've been wanting to do this for ages.  We followed the directions at

Here are the ingredients for the volcano 

(We actually used have the recipe. Only 3 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 2 tbs oil and 1 cup water, though it needed a bit more, about 1/3 cup)

And the lava

The girls took turn measuring the ingredients and stirring the dough.

Then we patted it flat so we could form it around the bottle. It didn't work as easily as I had pictured, but we made it work.

The girls signed "volcano"

The bottle already has water and red food coloring in it. Then we added 2 tbs of baking soda.

Then we added the vinegar.

The results actually weren't as spectacular as I had hoped for.  It fizzed over, but it ended quite soon.  On a whim, I decided to add some more baking powder.  The girls were excited because it erupted again.

And again

and again

and again

and again.

Then it was fizzed out.

The girls had a great time.

We used a couple of different books.
The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin was a book we read last year when we did the letter V.
The Ugly Vegetables
A mother and daughter are planting seeds like their neighbors, but the daughter can't understand why everything they are doing is different.  Bigger shovel, watering with a hose instead of a watering can, grass like shoots instead of leaves.  They are growing Chinese Vegetables, which when they are ready make a delicious smelling and tasting soup. The neighbors come by and trade some flowers for a bowl of soup. The next year, the planting is a little different in the neighborhood. 
There is a recipe for the soup in the back, but there is no way I could find chinese veggies around here.

We also read Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.
Growing Vegetable Soup (Books for Young Readers)
The text is simple and the illustrations are bold and bright. Though I did take issue with the color choice at times (mostly the red sun). The pictures are labeled too. We get to see the seeds being planted and grow as they are watered and taken care of.  At the end the soup is made. Once again there is a recipe in the back. We are going to try this one though.

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  1. I love everything you did. We are going to be talking about creation this week in Sunday school. Counting clouds would be a great follow up to the lesson.

  2. Oh! This counts as an entry in the Summer Reading Challenge.

  3. I love the volcano-I loved making those as a kid! How great that your hubby is helping out at school!!

  4. I love the veggie book! I need to try to remember that when we get to "V".

  5. I love your volcano! And it does look like LOTS and LOTS of fun, again and again and again...

    Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty!


  6. Great post. Thanks for sharing your "V"...and linking up at NOBH!

  7. We love both of the books you read - what a great V week. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  8. love the veggie v's and that volcano is FUN!!! Thanks for linking this up to the Sunday Showcase.

  9. Volcanoes are always so much fun. Sometimes I just let my boys play with soda and vinegar with cups and spoons. They always have a great time.

  10. What fantastic ideas for the W and V mama! They look like they had so much fun- Thank you for sharing this on The Sunday Showcase!


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