May 18-22, 2020: Friendship and Letters

Hello! We've reached the last week of school. Can you believe it? While it makes me sad that we didn't get to finish the year at CCP, I hope you still found the weekly lesson plans to be helpful. The good news is that if there are things you didn't get to, you can go back and do them this summer if you want. This final week is about friendships and the alphabet too. I always try to choose activities you can do easily at home. I often try them out with my own kids before suggesting them for you. Favorites from this week are the hot rock crayon art and Chica Chica Boom Boom story and song.

CCP love and hugs, Jen Topic: Friendship and Letters

Books:

  1. Teacher Jen reads Llama Llama and the Bully Goat on the CCP YouTube playlist Teacher Jen's class

  2. A Friend Like You

  3. Friendship is Like A Seesaw I thought the teacher reading this was great and she suggests a few fun activities at the end.

  4. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

  5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar ABC's by Eric Carle

  6. Chica Chica Boom Boom


Songs and Movement:

  1. You've Got a Friend in Me performed by a 4 year old and her dad.

  2. The More We Get Together

  3. You are my Sunshine

  4. The ABC song


Crafts:

  • Friendship Rocks! I visited this website to learn how to make melted crayon friendship rocks. If you prefer to paint your rocks that works great too! Pink Stripey Socks website

I did this with all my kids and they all enjoyed it so much! I highly recommend you try it. Lucy did get a little hot wax on her finger. It doesn't feel good, but it doesn't burn either.

  • Wash and dry rocks.

  • Preheat oven to 350°

  • Cover table with a towel you don't care about and/or aluminum foil. Then I used a paper plate on top of the towel.

  • Peel crayons. Use the long crayons because they melt quickly.

  • Bake rocks for 10-15 minutes to get them hot enough for the wax to melt. I put rocks in a pie tin to bake them.

  • Draw on rocks one at a time. Be sure to remind kids that rocks are hot! You can blend colors too. Experiment with different ways to style the rocks.

  • Once rocks are cooled you can add names or decorations with a sharpie marker if you want.

  • Leave them on doorsteps for special friends or hide them in a friend's yard for them to find.

  • Use construction paper to make small confetti squares. Then use glue to write your child's name or any other word on a full size sheet of paper. Place the confetti squares on the glue. Voila! (You can also use other materials such as puff balls, uncooked pasta, beans, etc.)


Chica Chica Boom Boom Activities and Crafts: https://littleslovelearning.com/chicka-chicka-boom-boom-activities/

I really like the ideas on this website. You might want to subscribe to the website for ideas all year round!

Chica Chica Boom Boom download (I'm not sure if this will work for you or not. I subscribed, that's why it works for me! Let me know if you have trouble and I will try to get it to you another way.


Other ideas:

  1. Finish your scrapbook! Toward the back of your scrapbook is a page for you to draw a self portrait as well as a place for the height and weight of your child. How much did your child grow?

  2. Write in your journals! Have your child draw a picture of friends. Ask your child: What makes a good friend? Write your child's response in the journal.

  3. Another journal topic is about what happens when a Caterpillar turns into a butterfly. What happens? Have your child draw a picture and you write their response.

  4. Playdough: What letters can you make out of playdough?

  5. Our butterflies came out of their chrysalis! We watched them for a day and fed them oranges, then decided to release them. One flew out right away. The others took quite awhile and let the kids hold them for a little bit before flying away. Show your kids these photos!


There is a video I recorded of us releasing the butterflies on the YouTube playlist!

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