The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ September 4th
~Feathering a Fall Nest~

*Kinderweek 9/1 ~ Bugs and the Letter B*

{Please bear in mind that when I brainstorm ideas for a given theme, I know I'm not going to do them all. In fact, I'm not even going to try - but it's nice to have so many ideas to choose from. Also, because I have to work with and around Earlybird's attention span and energy levels, I don't really schedule a day's worth of activities; instead, I refer to this list throughout the week and work in things that fit the given mood of the moment (his and mine).}


Themes this Week: the letter B and the b-sound, name recognition (identify and write letters of name), begin a photo-book "Who I Love," talk about how we can be "busy bees" (Labor Day/family chores), and bugs are all around us (late summer is a good time to see bugs) ...

Activity Ideas:

  • Search the backyard for real bugs (net, magnifying glass).
  • Watch plastic bugs "appear" in melting ice.
  • Observe plastic bugs with magnifying glass.
  • Count/sort plastic bugs.
  • Count/sort/string beads.
  • Count/sort buttons. (Set up an egg carton w/numbered sections.)
  • B – words: bugs, book, boom, ball, bees, blue, berries, butterfly, birds, bike.
  • Go on a bike ride with Daddy (to the field to spy butterflies).
  • Make bug sounds; pretend to be a bug.
  • Practice ball tossing and catching, rolling, kicking.
  • Play with boats in the bath.
  • Use playsilk to pretend to be a butterfly (wrapped in cocoon, fluttering about)
  • Move backwards, like a truck: beep, beep, beep!
  • Build with blocks, and knock them down - boom!
  • Bulldoze boulders (rocks in the dirtpile).
  • Count backwards – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, boom!
  • Eat spaghetti and meatballs for supper.
  • Bake banana bread for breakfast.
  • Help unload shopping bags.
  • Stamp a canvas bag with bug shapes (EB's library book tote).
  • Practice slicing a banana with a plastic knife.
  • Decorate a big blue “B” with bug stickers.
  • Listen for bugs outside: crickets, cicada, bees.
  • Watch the bees buzz in the (rasp)berry patch.
  • Pick berries and count into bucket.
  • Make bubble solution; blow bubbles in backyard.
  • Poem: “Hurt No Living Thing” by Christina Rossetti
  • Music: "Flight of the Bumblebee" (Little Einstens DVD)
  • Finger puppets: beaver builds a dam, brown bear stops by to help.
  • Video: Beavers
  • Art/Crafts:
    • paint rock bugs
    • make a spider web (glue/wax paper/glitter)
    • bug coloring pages -  hang up
    • make and paint clay beads

In the Book Basket:

As soon as I can, I'll start a series of sidebar lists with book suggestions for each week's theme, but for now, it's time for me to be off. (Supper's smelling good and done in the kitchen!) So thanks for stopping by today ~ I hope your day was a good one!