Monday, September 21, 2009

Caps for Sale

Last week, we "rowed" "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina, and we had so much fun! From the first reading on Monday, Clayton absolutely loved the story. In fact, we're still having to wear our caps around here when we read it! We acted out the story all week with Clayton trying to balance many hats on his head like the peddler in the story. And of course we had to roll through the house yelling, "CAPS! CAPS FOR SALE! FIFTY CENTS A CAP!" But by far, his favorite part of the story is when the peddler gets so angry with the monkeys that he throws his hat down--we had to throw our hats down in the floor too and Clayton laughed until he hurt when we'd get to that! We definitely bonded while rowing this book. :) On Monday, as we were putting up our hats, Clayton looked at me and said, "Momma, give me a BIG hug!" Absolutely melted my heart!
On the bookshelf:
Caps for Sale
Casey's New Hat
IPOD Playlist:
Money by Ron Brown
Penny, Nickel, Dime Quarter by Ron Brown
The Animal Fair by Laurie Berkner

We did a few things to put in his notebook:

We counted caps and I managed to get him to help connect the red caps to create a "C."

We talked about the different hats people wear. He was mainly interested in the yellow construction hat that Daddy sometimes has to wear.

And we counted monkeys (he was willing to help write the first day, but not the second):

This next activity was harder for Clayton, but I wanted to go ahead and try it. I did all the actions myself as we talked about them, and then I pointed out the peddler doing the action.

We had several colors of these flashcards and we had a breakthrough this week on colors. Clayton always calls red, orange, and yellow PINK. This week was the first time he named them all correctly! I bragged and bragged on him, but of course he went back to everything being pink after that. He even had a slight grin on his face, so I know he was just working me instead of actually telling me the right color. . .

We made "Monkey Bars"--we have a ways to go on our cooking skills (me and him both!). I almost forgot to take a pic, but I remembered as we were putting them in the baking pan:

We also spent a lot of time talking about money. We mainly worked on identifying a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter and how much they are worth. We sang Ron Brown's two Money songs to help. He can tell you how much each is worth, but still can't tell the difference between the four. We'll get there!

Again, we had to wear our hats ALL. THE. TIME. and I'm sure this will continue for a while. On our walk:

In the house:

And even Jackson had to wear his:

It was such a great week last week, that I'm at a loss on living up to it this week! Hopefully I can make the next lessons just as interesting for him!


TMI Tara said...

I love it! How cute! Can I share this on kidz sometime for a try this tuesday???

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

I have never heard of that book. Looks like you all had a great time with this lesson. I love the pictures of your handsome boys.

Patti H said...

looks like another fun week at school. Love the photos to go with the story!