Wednesday, March 30, 2011

c is for carrot

Sign Language 

We reviewed the sign for carrot.


The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

This classic book was a great read for both Jonathan and Grace. It is short story about a little boy who plants a carrot seed and carefully takes care of it. His family tells him that the seed won't grow but the boy is persistent and is rewarded in the end with a huge carrot. Jonathan read this book with his papa this week and enjoyed reading it again with Mama and Grace.

The Enormous Carrot by Vladimir Vagin

This is a book based on a Russian folk tale. Two rabbits find an enormous carrot growing in their garden. When its time to harvest the carrot, they cannot pull the carrot out. They pull and pull, but "the carrot stayed put. It wouldn't come out." One by one their friends join them "but the carrot stayed put. It wouldn't come out." That is, until the smallest friend of all joins them- and then all the friends enjoy a carrot feast. Jonathan really got into this story-- he would repeat the refrain and try to "pull" his carrot out of the dirt. It's a great lesson on working together and asking for help- something my independent toddler needs to remember at times!


We used our carrot books to talk about sizes. I printed out the Carrot Sizes tri-fold book from Homeschool Share and we talked about which carrots were big-medium-small. We also compared the size of carrot seeds and pumpkin seeds when we did our planting activity. Jonathan has gotten the concepts of big and small before, but medium was a new concept for him. We also talked about the word enormous meaning something really big.

We also did a vegetable pattern file folder game from homeschool share. Overall, this wasn't a hit. Jonathan isn't interested in patterns yet. He did match the vegetable cards with the pictures on the pattern, but that only lasted five minutes.


We colored a "c is for carrot" coloring page I found over at Twisty Noodle. He wasn't as interested in coloring today either.

We also used glue to glue down pictures of produce that begin with the hard C (/k/) sound- cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, and corn. I found that activity at Homeschool Share as well.

Practical Life 

We planted seeds with Nana. We planted carrot seeds and pumpkin seeds. Jonathan wasn't overly enthusiastic, but he still helped Nana pat the dirt and sprinkle the seeds. He didn't really want to touch the dirt though. He doesn't like getting very messy, so he insisted that a washcloth be right next to him.

We talked about how the carrot seeds were small and the pumpkin seeds were big.

If we do "c is for carrot" again, I think I'd love to make a carrot cake with the kids. And maybe use raw carrots to do some carrot stamp painting... so many great ideas, so little time!

Library Links 

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
The Enormous Carrot by Vladimir Vagin

Web Resources 

The Carrot Seed lapbook & resources @ Homeschool Share
C is for Carrot @ Walking by the Way

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