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W is for Watermelon

on March 22, 2013

I had sort of planned to use Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak as my theme for this week, but couldn’t come up with quite enough ideas, so I took the easy way out and borrowed lots of fun watermelon-themed ideas and printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Also, we didn’t do as much school this week as I had planned because the kids both came down with fevers, coughs and runny noses. We spent a couple of days doing nothing but watching movies! But here and there when they were feeling well enough (ie. they were starting to fight or get on each other’s nerves or driving me crazy) we read some stories, did some Bible time, and made a few crafts.

For this file folder activity, you place ‘watermelon seeds’ on the watermelon slices according to the number on each slice . . . I used various edible things for the ‘seeds’ such as raisins, chocolate covered raisins (which neither of them liked – how is that even possible? They’re chocolate covered. Hello??!!), and mini chocolate chips.

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We did a watermelon puzzle . . .

watermelon puzzle

watermelon puzzle

And some cute watermelon crafts . . .

paper plate watermelon

paper plate watermelon

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Do-a-dot page

Do-a-dot page

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Watermelon guy & gal

Watermelon guy & gal

And this sweet watermelon sign idea comes from this site . . .

sweet watermelon sign

sweet watermelon sign

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We also learned about the weather this week and read some books that explained about the wind, storms, how clouds are formed, why it rains, etc. Jorja made a weather chart by drawing what the weather looked like for each day of the week (sunny, cloudy, windy, etc.).

As I mentioned last week, Jorja has been less than thrilled with doing copy work like writing out spelling words so I tried this game with her . . . I had seen the idea on someone else’s blog a long time ago and thought this was a good time to try it. So here’s how to ‘play’: you roll a dice and the number you roll determines how you write the word. Here’s my rendition . . .

1 = UPPERCASE, 2= lowercase, 3= cursive, 4= fancy, 5 = fast as you can, 6= your choice

She loved this! “Fancy” was her favorite. Suddenly writing the words was a lot more fun & interesting. Here she is . . .

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Next time I’ll have to post a picture of her “fancy” writing and also how she writes her name in cursive now!

Next week we’re going to focus on Easter and the events leading up to Jesus’ death & resurrection. Today we did Day #1 of our Ressurection Eggs (something new I’m trying this year and we’re only doing 10 instead of the standard 12 because decided to do it too late and our egg cartons here only hold 10 eggs anyway, so perfect!). Anyway, first I asked the kids if they remember what Easter is about . . . Jorja shouts, “Eggs, candy, and Jesus!” I have my work cut out for me next week . . .

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7 responses to “W is for Watermelon

  1. In my son’s class (he was in school last year) each child made their own set of Resurrection Eggs to take home. They decorated the top of the carton and each child brought 16 of one of the items… dice, thorns, towel, etc! It was a neat activity!

    The copywork game sounds fun! Love that idea!

    • Sounds like a neat class project. We’re on day three now and so far it’s think it’s a great tool for teaching that the focus of Easter is Jesus’ death & resurrection . . . by learning something new each day and reviewing the story and events . . . I really hope this will be something they remember and look forward to doing again next Easter! (and your scavenger hunt too!)

  2. Sherri says:

    Jorja looks so sad and sick in one of the pictures. What’s a resurrection egg? Can’t wait to find out!

    • Yeah, she wasn’t feeling the greatest – I tried not to push too hard.
      Resurrection eggs are those plastic easter eggs that you can fill with jelly beans, but instead of candy, each egg has a symbol (palm branch, silver coins, nails, stone, cross, etc.) and a verse – they’re in chronological order of the events of Easter starting with Palm Sunday and ending with the empty tomb (the last egg is empty!). You can buy them at Christian bookstores I think, but we made our own. You open one each day with the last egg being opened on Easter Sunday – so it’s like an advent calendar. At first I think the kids were disappointed that there weren’t treats inside, but they still look forward to opening them and seeing what’s hidden in each one. Don’t worry, they’ll get to do a hunt for eggs with candy in them later 🙂

  3. Cute watermelon crafts! 🙂 We’re focusing on Easter next week too! Have fun!!

    • Thanks! I hung the watermelon signs in our living room and they are so bright and cheery to look at – they make me smile and look forward to summer. Have a great week celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection!

  4. I like that response to what Easter is about. 🙂 I love kid’s minds.

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