Tuesday, March 8, 2011

b is for balloon

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Sign Language- 

We reviewed the sign for balloon.


Too  many Balloons by Catherine Matthias

We have really enjoyed this book-- it's a simple story meant for early readers. In the book, a little girl buys one red balloon and shows the balloon to the lion, who likes the balloon. Then the little girl buys two yellow balloons and shows them to the giraffes. The story progresses up through the number 10 when the girl now has too many balloons! I like that this is a great book for practicing counting, labeling zoo animals and colors.We had some party balloons of some of the colors mentioned in the book and Jonathan had fun picking up the proper color whenever it was mentioned in the story. It was a very fun read that we both enjoyed!

Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery by Jamie Lee Curtis

This is such a fun story about what happens to wayward balloons. The story is told in imaginative rhyme that reminded me a bit of Dr. Seuss. Do balloons get cold? Do they tango with airplanes? Do they fly into outer space? The concept, however, was a little beyond Jonathan, who has never had a balloon float away. The pictures are very detailed and full of humor that adults and older children would grasp well. This is a cute read, but probably better for preschoolers than toddlers.

Pop! Went Another Balloon: a magical counting storybook by Keith Faulkner

This is another counting/balloon story, but instead of counting up, it counts down from 10 to 1. The story is about a turtle trying to bring 10 balloons to a friend for her birthday. However, a flock of birds is very interested in the balloons and keeps popping them. Jonathan enjoyed this book because of the holes in the page (so the balloons show through), but he didn't get the concept of subtraction. It may be a good book to turn to in another year or two.

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman

One last book we looked at was a Caldecott Honor book by Marjorie Priceman. I wasn't planning on this one, but chose it based on its Caldecott nomination and the previous book we enjoyed by the author (How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World). It is based on the first hot air balloon ride in 1783. During this ride, a sheep, a duck, and a rooster were sent up in a balloon. Priceman imagines what went on while the animals were up in the air. There's some detailed text at the beginning and end of the book, but most of the story is told in pictures. I wasn't sure what Jonathan would think, but he really enjoyed this book and asked to read it again! I learned a bit too about the history of the first hot air balloon ride. There are some homeschool web resources for this book as well, such as lapbooks (see below)

Motor Skills 

We played with balloons, of course-- the possibilities are endless! We put them in a laundry basket and pushed them around:

We played basketball with the balloons-- this was Jonathan's favorite!

And we also just bopped them around and practiced hitting and catching. These were all very fun activities since we're likely to be stuck indoors most of the week!


We did balloon painting, from an idea I got from Homemade Mamas. I pulled out some blue and brown paint and put it on a paper plate:

Blew up two small balloons and let Jonathan put the balloons in the paint and roll them, bounce them, etc. on fingerpaint paper.

This only held his attention for about 10 minutes or so, but he seemed to enjoy it!

Jonathan's masterpiece

We also did more work with glue sticks-- I used this template from First School to have Jonathan practice gluing shapes onto a hot air balloon. He was so excited to use a glue stick again!

I was very impressed that he figured out how to turn the shapes over to apply the glue- he didn't grasp that concept last week!

And he had a lot of fun gluing the shapes into place-- he did a fairly accurate job putting the shapes on the paper and correctly identified all the shapes and colors.

I know I'm a proud mama-- but I was impressed!

Another masterpiece

Library Links 

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Pop! Went Another Balloon
Too Many Balloons
Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery

Web Resources 

B is for Balloon @ First School
Balloons Preschool Theme @ Everything Preschool
B is for Balloon @ Delightful Learning
Book resources for Hot Air @ Homeschool Share


Elle Belles Bows said...

Be proud for sure!! We all are:-) Great job to your little Jonathan on the matching!

I will check out some of the books! Love the balloon painting. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


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