We actually got 6 chicks. You know how Tobin was SO obsessed with taking care of that egg? This is a prime example of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Plus, we know several families willing to take these critters off our hands once they are grown. In the meantime, we will pretend to be farmers together.
Back to the unit study at hand, Tobin decided we needed to do C for Cow... and chick, so we did. Good chance to learn about the "ch" and "ck" sounds too.
This unit's poem:
I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one,
but I can tell you anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one!
And I found a chick poem:
Peck, peck, peck
on the warm, brown egg.
Out comes a neck,
out comes a leg.
How does a chick,
who's not been about,
discover the trick
of how to get out?
making up cool patterns:
We made butter, which took A LOT of perseverance (see T for Turtle week). Tobin even gave me a little trophy for my hard work, since I did most of the work.
Love this worksheet we do each week. He thinks of what he wants to draw that starts with this weeks letter, and then comes up with words/pictures that go with past letters too. So simple, yet so effective.
I'm so glad we found this supplement to go with MFW kindergarten from this website: http://mamajenn.com/blog/2010/08/words-to-remember-mfw-kindergarten.html
Now that he can write sentences so well, we will be doing this weekly in lieu of making a badge.
As you can read above, we focused on the phrase "God's Word helps me grow." This reinforced the reason we read the Bible every day.
"Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have a taste of the Lord's kindness."-1Peter 2:2-3
We sat outside under the tree with our pretend flowers, and read the story of Ferdinand, the bull who loved to sit under his tree and smell flowers. I love that story! I always use him as an example when the boys just want to wrestle and be rough (at inappropriate times).
We then had a dairy party:cheese, almond milk (shhhh!), yogurt, and poppy seed chicken casserole since it contains sour cream and cream of chicken soup.
We played farm,
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon,
and even enjoyed carrots that looked like they were straight from the farm. He chopped up the carrots, made a farmer's market table outside, and sold (gave) them to the neighbors. He's such a good little farmer.
We LOVED this book:
It's about cows that type demands to the farmer and go on strike until the demands are met. It's really funny.
Here's Tobin's creative idea for the cows to demand next time:
Since we have had the chicks and learned so much about farm animals, Tobin has announced he will be a farmer when he grows up. He already has his grandpa promising to give him pigs, goats, and chickens! Life with my boys is always an adventure, and I love it!