Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Three Bears . . .

We had a fun time this week re-enacting the familiar story The Three Bears.  Although the children were familiar with it, it was helpful for us to go over the story several times.  First, I read it to them, then we looked at the pictures and I asked them what was happening, how the characters in the story were feeling.  This led us to examine how our facial expressions tell others' how we are feeling.  We had fun "posing" these expressions for the camera (below).

Elliott is showing us a sad face, and Zoe an angry face . . .

Lilya  and Owen are expressing surprise . . .

Camille is showing her happy and Kaden is expressing mad.
We made a little chart with our expressions posted and talked about things that made us happy, sad, mad and surprised.  When we went back to the story, we paid attention to how the Bears were feeling when they came back into their house and saw what Goldilocks had done.  This helped in our playacting later.

Above, Kaden is playing Goldilocks when she is trying out all the chairs.

Our T/Th group being the bears sampling their porridge . . .

. . . and investigating their chairs after their walk.

We also playacted with our stuffed bears and dollhouse furniture.

And then we made our own porridge!  Everyone helped carry supplies up to the kitchen.

The kids found a green patch of sunlight on the floor of the kitchen and they all wanted to get in it!

We (very carefully) observed that the water had to get bubbly to boil.  When we added our porridge, we could tell it was hot and cooking from the steam.

We needed to stir to keep it from burning (again very carefully!).

The kids decided they REALLY liked porridge!  (Which was an italian breakfast pasta, recipe below)

Boil 1 & 3/4 cups of water
Add 3/4 cup acina de pepe pasta (tiny round pasta)
Cook for 10-12 minutes
Take off heat, add 1 tblspn butter
1 egg, and whip quickly together
Add 1 tblspn olive oil and 1 tblspn parmesean cheese and serve!


We worked on our face-making skills by drawing in the faces of the 3 bears.

Karsten showed us that he can make some letters now!

The T/Th group did their own alphabet work by coloring the first letter of their name.

They enjoyed hanging their letters up all by themselves - proud!

 After the MWF group painted, the T/Th group had their turn working with suds to clean up our table.

And we had more fun in the snow . . .

and MUD!

A very busy week!  Good work preschoolers!

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