The Mitten: Day 2

We started out the day with a clip and count game that the girls loved! They took turns choosing which section to count and clip, then Grace made up her own game where you had to choose the clothespin first and guess where it went without counting. (Joy was allowed to count, but Grace and I had to guess.)



Then we settled in with our phonics lesson from The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. Grace read every word on her own! 

Grace loves worksheets. I found this mitten themed printable which she did on her own, and then she wrote the numbers and words in her math journal.


Joy was working puzzles and looking at our Tell Me A Story cards while Grace worked on journals.

I taped a photo in Grace’s writing journal and here is the story she came up with – she has stopped asking me for help spelling words. Love it! (There was a rabbit. The rabbit was very hungry. The rabbit saw a carrot.)


Grace didn’t want to miss out on the story cards, and they fit with our woodland theme, so she got to make up some stories too.

Then we pulled out the small world play. I put our forest/woodland animals in a basket with a  mitten and placed it on the table. Joy immediately got to work putting as many animals inside the mitten as she could.

While Grace got busy setting up a tiny scene. 

Then Grace decided the animals should hibernate under the basket.

I had intended to make play dough but was missing an ingredient, so we got out the store-bought container. Joy made animals tracks…
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While Grace once again got to work setting up a scene, and then photographing it.


Naturally the girls then got out their wood pieces and started incorporating it into their play. This small basket of forest animals spiraled quickly into an hour-long play session! In fact I had to ask them to clean it up before they grew tired of it so we weren’t late for a playdate! They kept asking for more play dough so we will be making that tomorrow and getting this back out. 

Here is our reading list this week:
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
Own Moon by Jane Yolen
Forest Explorer: A Life-Size Field Guide
Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon
Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
The Hat by Jan Brett
Fawn at Woodland Way by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
Oh What a Surprise by Suzanne Bloom


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