Easter Week & Spring

This week was a little different.  Since it was Easter week and spring break for many, we decided to have a Easter/Spring themed week.  And instead of having lots of activities surrounding one book, we found a couple of books that coincided with our weeks theme.  Here are the books:

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Art by William Nicholson

A little toy bunny dreams of becoming real.  He learns what it is like to really be loved, but it's not an easy journey to becoming real. 

Monday we learned about the season Spring. What the weather is like, what the trees look like, how buds and flowers are blooming and cute baby animals are born.  So we made a poster.

Kiley had a lot of fun making hand prints with the paint on the poster board.  I printed out coloring pages, we colored them and then glued them onto the poster board.

Tuesday we practiced our Spanish again.  Learning to count 1 to 10.  We also hiked Birdsong Trail which isn't far from our house.  It's a short 1.80 mile hike that goes up a small mountain, through a forest and over several streams.  Kiley and Ella seemed to enjoy themselves. 
That afternoon we read the Velveteen Rabbit.  Kiley lined up some of her animals to listen to the story. 

I always loved this book when I was little.  I remember having toys that I loved and played with all the time and wondered if they came to life when I wasn't around.  Not only does the book talk about bunnies and a little about spring but it talks about love.

Kiley painted a watercolor Velveteen Rabbit.  I'm not going to lie.  It looks like a zombie rabbit that just ate something. 

"Real isn't how you are made, It's a thing that happens to you.  When a child love you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real."

"Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don't matter at all, because once you are real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Wednesday was fun.  Made Easter eggs, but instead of using dye we used crayons! They came out really neat and were fun to make.  I don't know if it's safer than using dye, but it has to be!  When we've used dye before it's always colored the boiled egg, like the dye has seeped into the egg and that can't be good.  The crayon left the eggs white like normal.

It's really easy to do.  You just need eggs and crayons.  I shaved some of the crayons to sprinkle on the eggs.  We boiled them, took them one by one out of the hot pot with tongs and placed them on a towel because they stay hot for a while.  And then just drew on them!  The hot egg melts the crayon right onto it. 

We put them in an empty egg crate and let them dry for an hour.  You have to be careful not to smudge it before it dries.

Thursday we practiced our Spanish again.  I think it was our 3rd or 4th lesson but Kiley can already count to 5 all by herself and can remember some of the other numbers.  We made a seasons tree which can be read about on this blog: homeschooljabber-seasons tree

Friday we read The Easter Story.  I think it did a good job of telling the story of Christ's death and resurrection to a child.  The artwork was good and aided in explaining to Kiley what happened.  To have a reminder of Jesus' death and resurrection we made a little tomb and used a Prince Charming toy to play the part of Jesus.  The tomb was made out of a plastic cup and a paper bag.  We also crumbled up a paper bag to use as the rock rolled in front of the grave.  We laid dead "Jesus" in the tomb and Kiley covered him with a cloth she had from one of her dolls.  On Easter morning we checked the tomb and he was gone!  We found him later in the bathroom making sure Kiley brushed her teeth and spreading the good news.  :)

We also filled plastic eggs with jellybeans.  I found a website that has a meaning for each colored jellybean.  http://www.dltk-holidays.com/easter/jellybean.htm 
We didn't have every color, but still did it anyway.  Kiley had fun separating them and of course eating them!  We also played addition and subtraction games with the jellybeans. 

Here are some interesting facts we learned about bunnies.
Rabbits teeth never stop growing.
A baby rabbit is called a kit.
Rabbits can not vomit.
Rabbits eat their own poop.
Rabbits can be litter trained.
Rabbits love to chew.
A 4lb Rabbit will drink as much as a 20lb dog.


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