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Monster School: Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs smThis week, we focused on Dinosaurs.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Frozen Dinosaur Eggs

Pinter-inspiration success! Plastic dinos in frozen water balloons and a hot spring afternoon. We started with water, but quickly upgraded:

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We did NOT use the delicate approach.

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Dinosaur Hatchling

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Again, NOT the delicate approach.

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Her prize!

 

Moveable Dinosaur

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Pasta-saurus

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Dinosaur Stamping

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Dinosaur Sillhouette

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Hatching a Baby Dinosaur (in water)

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This one is similar to what we have – we got ours at the Fernbank Museum in Atlanta.

 

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Monster School: Colors

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This week, we focused on Colors.

Little Blue and Little Yellow

We have read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni, many times. This week we watched this video on YouTube after reading the book:

Handprint art is adorable. I’m pretty sure that this is a universal truth. We have made several (one for ever letter, in fact), so I knew that this would be a hit.

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One hand was painted yellow, one was painted blue. After printing with each, Grace got to rub her hands together (and make a mess) to make green.

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She loved it.

A Color of His Own

Because of this little chameleon 

I knew that working on this project would be fun.

We began by reading A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni.

I then drew a chameleon on watercolor paper and let Grace make her chameleon with whatever colors, patterns, or designs that she wanted. Afterwards, I cut him out an we glued him onto black paper.

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Mix It Up!

We got Press Here a few weeks ago and it is a HUGE hit in this house. I knew we had to get its partner:

Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet.

With direct inspiration from Gracen and Jen’s Colour Theory Ornaments at Mama.Papa.Bubba, we recreated the project on paper with finger paints.

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Patchwork Gracie

This project began after reading Elmer by David McKee.

Grace laid down and we traced her on white butcher paper. After that, we worked together to make a Patchwork Gracie with Mod Podge and tissue paper.

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Grace decided that “Flat Gracie” needed eyes and a mouth – she glued and drew them on her own. Flat Gracie spent three or four days doing everything (at home) with Grace. She now lives in the office – ready to play any time that Grace remembers her.

Color Changing Flowers

I had seen this experiment all over Pinterest and thought it would be fun to try. The roses didn’t work so well for us.

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Monster School: Bugs

Bugs

 

This week, we focused on Bugs (insects, really).

Fingerprint Bugs

I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges started off this week by exploring the wide variety of insects that there are in the world.

Monster School 02 - Bugs 04Grace made fingerprints on a paper and then explained to me where the legs, wings, antennae, etc. should go.

 

Toilet Paper Roll Honeybee

The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi was a lovely introduction to the benefits of honeybees in the environment.

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Rather simple project (we were at Nana and Papa’s house this week). Painted toilet paper roll, black duct tape (or electrical tape), and construction paper – white for the wings and black for the antennae.

 

Note the extreme concentration:

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Paper Plate Ladybug

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle was the inspiration for our next project. We have the book, but we also really enjoy this reading/video.

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This is red tempera paint on a paper plate with construction paper head and antennae. The black spots are dot labels that I colored with a Sharpie. I had originally thought to talk about symmetry with the spots, but she decided to go a different route.

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Worm Tracks

Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel is an adorable story about two friends and the changes that they go through and create. After reading it, we created these worm tracks and discussed the important roles that everyone plays in the world.

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This is a piece of yarn dipped in brown paint and dragged across the paper – replicating the marks that worms leave on the ground.

 

Window Butterfly

After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, we created a [new-to-us] butterfly (as we have made countless butterflies before).

 

 

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Tissue paper on contact paper. It’s a classic.

 

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Monster School: Art and Alphabet

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As we have made it all the way through the alphabet, we are starting over. This time, we will have a theme week – not just anything starting with the weekly letter.

Our first week began with Art and Artists. Grace was able to work with four different mediums, in addition to her usual crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Her other love is in Mixed Media – using as many mediums as possible on one work of art.

 

 

Inspiration

 

 

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This is tempera finger paint on mixed media paper.

Grace wasn’t too thrilled to paint with her fingers at first. It took Brian and I convincing her that art is supposed to be messy for her to truly have fun with this project.

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The artist’s area with inspiration book ().

Piet Mondrian: Tableau I, 1921

Inspiration

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Grace’s version is on a 12″ x 12″ canvas board, tempera paint, and black duct tape.

Grace wasn’t much interested in leaving any areas white.

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Vincent Van Gogh: The Starry Night

Inspiration

 

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I drew the basic shapes on the black construction paper with white glue. When it was dried, Grace used oil pastels to add in the colors.

 

Claude Monet: Water Lilies, 1906

Inspiration

 

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This is watercolor on watercolor paper.

The artist at work:

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Monster School: Letter of the Week – A to Z

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We made it through the whole alphabet!

Letter of the Week A

Letter of the Week B

Letter of the Week C

Letter of the Week D

Letter of the Week E

Letter of the Week F

Letter of the Week G

Letter of the Week H

Letter of the Week I

Letter of the Week J

Letter of the Week K

Letter of the Week L

Letter of the Week M

Letter of the Week N

Letter of the Week O

Letter of the Week P

Letter of the Week Q

Letter of the Week R

Letter of the Week S

Letter of the Week T

Letter of the Week U

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Letter of the Week W

Letter of the Week X

Letter of the Week Y

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Monster School – Letter Zz

Letter Zz

Books We Read

Zachary Zebra’s Zippety Zooming by Barbara DeRubertis

My “x, y, z” Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure

Kipper’s A to Z by Mick Inkpen

Auggie to Zebra by Kate Endle

ZigZag: The Sound of Z by Alice K. Flanagan

Artwork

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1 – Hand print Zebra

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2 – Dot Marker Zz

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I made a set of these for the entire alphabet in Word with “WordArt.” The font is Century Gothic.

3 – Zz ZigZags

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We are making an alphabet book, with inspiration from HERE.

4 – Z Zipper

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I got the idea for these HERE.

5 – Zebra Coloring Page

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Found through a Google search HERE.

6 – Alphabet Tree Matching

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The dot stickers have a corresponding letter on the tree. Grace flew through this activity – I was surprised and very proud of her.

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Monster School – Letter Yy

Letter Yy

Books We Read

Yoko Yak’s Yakety Yakking by Barbara DeRubertis

My “x, y, z” Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure

Lucky New Year by Mary Man-Kong

Kipper’s A to Z by Mick Inkpen

Artwork

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1 – Hand print Yak

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2 – Ribbon Weaving (was supposed to be yarn for the week, but ribbon was a better introduction for Grace)

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I had never really thought as weaving as a math activity, but as we were working together on this, we were calling out the PATTERN of over, under, over, under, etc. Yeah for hidden learning!

3 – Yy Yellow Yarn Design

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We are making an alphabet book, with inspiration from HERE.

4 – Y Yo-yo

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I got the idea for these HERE.

5 – Yellow Jacket Coloring Page

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Found through a Google search HERE.

6 – Yarn Block Stamping

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I used some scrap cardboard to make “handles” and wrapped them with some yarn. Grace then dipped the stamps in paint and went to town on the paper.

 

7 – Dot Marker Yy

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I made a set of these for the entire alphabet in Word with “WordArt.” The font is Century Gothic.