“C” is for cats, castles, and China…along with many other things! For this week we did some fun things while learning about the letter “C”.
Here is a picture of our learning board for the week:
Notice the colorful chain hanging on the right side (remember those?) Anyway, GJ and Papa are coming for a visit in October so I made a countdown chain for Charlotte to count the days until their visit. Fun, and a great way to practice counting!
We made a fun cat puppet, and colored some cats and castles.
Books about Cats:
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff. I love all the books in this series. If you haven’t read them, it’s basically a chain of events starting with “If you give a cat a cupcake, he’ll want some sprinkles to go with it…” and it continues on in an adventure which all ends up back with the cupcake again.
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton. This is a cute story about Splat and his apprehensions about his first day of school. He brings his pet mouse and all the cats in his class learn to love mice instead of chasing them. And of course, Splat ends up loving school and can’t wait to go back the next day.
Kindergarten Cat by J. Patrick Lewis. A rhyming story about a kindergarten class that adopts a cat in their classroom and learn that everyone can learn…even a cat! “Well, the kindergarten kids saw right from the start that their Kindergarten Cat was Kindergarten smart.”
China was a fun country to learn about because there’s a lot of information out there. We read about Guo Shuang from China in our book, Children Just Like Me, and we learned about Chinese New Year in our book, Children Just Like Me: Celebrations!
Charlotte colored a Chinese flag, made a lantern, and did some more fun coloring pages.
We also read some great books about China. I would say the must-read when learning about China is:
D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet by Carol Crane. This book goes through the alphabet introducing different aspects of China. It is written in an easy to read rhyme perfect for preschool age children, but also has sidebars filled with more information for older children. The illustrations are beautiful and the book provides so much fun information about China.
Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges. I loved this book. Based on the author’s own grandmother’s life, Ruby is a young girl that dreams of going to the university during a time when girls were expected to get married and not attend school. Her grandfather supports her dream and she ends up one of the first female students at the university.
The Emperor’s Army: A Mathematical Adventure by Virginia Walton Pilegard. This book is definitely for older kids (KN+) but I thought it was great. This story is about a boy who uses math to solve a problem, and it is also based on a historical event in China. Includes a note about the 1974 discovery of the terra-cotta army, which is what the story is based on. It also has a recipe in back for kids to make their own “clay” statues.
Verse: “Children, obey your parents…” Ephesians 6:1. This was a great one and I was able to bring it up often during the course of each day. 🙂 I also asked her to think of ways she could obey her parents and wrote them down on a list that we put up under her verse on the learning board.
And for a special treat, we took Charlotte out for Chinese food, and she loved it!