DIY, Dress Up Laurel Wreaths

We are just now finishing up, The Story of The World: Ancient Times, we are little bit behind because we took a couple detours to dig deeper in to some subjects. Big Buddy was particular interested in learning more about the the Greek Gods, Olympians, gladiators, and the Roman Army. One thing that kept appearing in all of these areas was the laurel wreath. Thus, it became an area of fascination. The boys have been spending a lot of time pretending to by Roman legionaries, so I thought it be fun to make some for their dress box. 

Literature Based Kindergarten Curriculum, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Primary Literature

  • Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julie Rawlison, this is one of my favorite Autumn books! A young fox is perplexed when his favorite tree's leaves start to turn brown. He becomes even more dismayed when they start to fall. He tries to reattach them to the tree, but alas it is hopeless. When the last leaf falls he takes it home with him for the night. Still worried about his tree he rushes out the the next morning to discover a beautiful surprise. Not only is the plot delightful, but the prose is colorful and the illustrations are enchanting. 

  • Vocabulary words to review
    • tumbled - bouncy fall
    • swishing - soft sweeping movement
    • rustle - quick quiet sounds
    • snuffled - nosy breathing
    • crinkly - lots of wrinkles

Complementary Literature
  • Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger, a yellow leaf is afraid to let go of his branch.  Fall continues to happen around him but he remains to scared to let go until a leaf above him offers to make the journey with him. 
  • Fall is Not Easy by Mary Kelley, a tree explains it's dislike for fall and why he's unpleased with his changing leaves. While contemplating his plight he tries on a few (humorous) other looks. The illustration in this book are simple but the trees creative 'costumes' are sure to delight young listeners. 
  • Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, my children adored this silly book. The pictures are bright and they'd giggled over all the mix-ups. 
  • We're Going on a Leaf Hunt, by Steve Metzger. A play off of the song, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt', this book has a nice rhythm and it is a fun why to introduce children to the different types of leaves/trees. 
  •  Encyclopedia of North American Animals, we used this book to read up a little bit more about the animals mentioned in Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Other Complementary Materials

Learning Activities/Games
  • Upper case and lower case leaf match up. I've made this pdf available, for free, here

2 Spectacular Weekends!

The last two weekends have been all about family and friends. It's been such a blessing to spend time with people that I love so dearly and who I know have unconditional love for me. My love bank is currently overflowing.

Last year my 4 best friends from elementary/middle school and I decided to have a little weekend reunion. We had such an amazing time together that we've made it an annual tradition. We were pretty inseparable until I moved away before eighth grade and then Amanda moved the following year. For a few of us our friendship was sort of a safe haven; a place to be silly and ridiculous. During those silly times we develop quite bond that not even distance and time seems to have shook. I tend to over analyze everything but these ladies can still set my heart at ease.

We spent Saturday morning/afternoon exploring Millennium Park and the area around the Magnificent Mile. Then headed to Beadniks where our friend Andrea works. We spent the evening there catching up, drinking wine, and making some fun jewelry. If you live in the Chicago area and are a lover of jewelry you need to visit this store. If you are crafty type, they have tons of interesting pieces that will get your creative wheels spinning. If you are not the crafty type, it's still worth visiting because the workers sell their own unique pieces.

An Easy and Mess Free Autumn Window Craft.

I have bit of a love affair with contact paper.  Not only does it act as laminator in a pinch but it's also  great for mess free (no glue and paint) crafts. A couple weeks ago, when I still under weather, the kids used it to decorate one of our windows. 

Supplies - contact paper, masking tape, paper dollies or tissue paper.

Step 1 - tape contact paper (sticky side out) to window. I learned that peeling around the corners/edges and taping those first is easier than trying to tape the contact paper once it's all been peeled. 

Step 2 - add your dollies

And that is it - now you have a fun colorful window! Ours has been up for almost two weeks now and has held up really well. 

If you are looking for a few more contact paper craft ideas, here's a some other ways we've put it to use: Snow Bear Resist Painting,  Look-a-Like Stained Glass, and Paint chip hearts

What is your favorite way to use contact paper? 
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