Roo's Casa

Spilt Milk
June 8, 2009, 3:51 am
Filed under: Books, Educational Stuff, Summer

After reading the story It Looked Like Spilt Milk, we spilled some milk to see if we could see any shapes.  We tried to look at clouds outside, but there weren’t any!  Big D thought that the milk in the first picture looked like a UFO.  Frank painted a cloud shape in the second photo.  He says it is a monster.  The jaws are open on the right hand side.  I don’t think he really got this activity because I had to really bug him to tell me what he saw.  He kept saying, “a cloud.”

Book Boxes
June 8, 2009, 3:36 am
Filed under: Books, Crafts

Today I made these little magazine/book holder boxes for Frank’s room.  I had all of the supplies on hand so it was pretty cheap to make.  I will post a tutorial later.

Book Boxes Part 1
June 8, 2009, 3:35 am
Filed under: Books, Crafts

Magazine Box Tutorial Part 1

Tutorial for magazine holders:

1. Find a sturdy box that is pretty thin.  I used a UPS box.  A cereal box would work too, but it isn’t as sturdy.
2.  Measure and cut your box to the height you want it to be.  I did mine 10 inches.
3.  Measure 4 inches up from the bottom of the box and mark it on two sides.  Then at the top of the box, mark the center of each side.  Draw a line from the top mark diagonally down to the mark at the bottom.  Repeat on the other side.  Cut on the lines.
4.  Paint your box on all sides but the front thin panel.
5.  Use a piece of cardboard to trace the front thin panel.  Use this template to cut out as many front panels as you need.  If you want a continuous picture like the one I made with the map, then be sure to lay the template next to the previous panel cut out.  

Book Boxes Part 2
June 8, 2009, 3:35 am
Filed under: Books, Crafts

Tutorial Part 2

6.  Using a foam brush spread glue all over the front thin part.  I used regular school glue.

7.  Next, lay the front panel paper that you cut out on the glue and carefully use something flat to push out the air bubbles.  I used a ruler, but I think something plastic would have been better.  
8.  Use tape to cover all of the edges of your box.  
9.  Your box is done!  You can use it for magazines or books.  

June 8, 2009, 3:34 am
Filed under: Books, Crafts, Educational Stuff, Fall, Kids

Frank and I will be exploring apples this coming week.  Here is what we have planned:

The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Suess
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
Johnny Appleseed books and a movie
The Little Red House
Cut open different size apples to count the seeds.  Make predictions first.
Try different apple products such as pie, applesauce, applebutter, etc.  
Try different kinds of apples.
Apple paint prints

Halloween Books
June 8, 2009, 3:29 am
Filed under: Books, Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Kids

Halloween Books:

The Witches Broom by Chris Van Allsburg– for older kids, 3rd grade and up
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Go Away Big Green Monster
Five Little Pumpkins
Shake Dem Halloween Bones– do this with a graphing activity
The Three Bears’ Halloween
It’s Pumpkin Time
Too Many Pumpkins
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat
Pumpkin Pumpkin
The Runaway Pumpkin
Monster Musical Chairs
Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever
Harriet’s Halloween Candy- graph types of candy from Halloween night
A Dark, Dark Tale
A Beasty Story by Bill Martin Jr. and Steven Kellogg (this story starts out a lot like A Dark, Dark Tale)
Dragon’s Halloween by Dav Pilkey (this is an easy reader for first or second grade)
Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting (this seems kind of scary to a young reader, but it turns out not scary)
Magic Tree House: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve– Chapter Book

Chicks and Salsa
June 8, 2009, 3:20 am
Filed under: Books

This is a cute story about all your favorite Mexican foods.  We will read this again at Cinco de Mayo!  This was Frank’s find when he visited the library today.  At the end of the story it lists recipes for salsa, guacamole and more.