Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Capital Letters V and C

We began our tutoring session today by making gingersnap cookies. While the cookies were in the oven, we reviewed the story for K is for King and Q is for Queen, which was The Queen Who Couldn't Bake Gingerbread by Dorothy van Woerkom.

We acted out the shape of the King, standing tall with the left hand and finger pointing to the sky -- dramatically saying "I HATE this hole in my stocking!" -- and the right arm thrust outward and the right leg taking a step, ready for action and announcing "Let us find me a wife!"

(And please trust me that the plot of this story is all about gender equality... you just have to read it to know how it ends.)

Next we drew the K in his book and added the word King, then drew the Q, which is the round cloak of the Queen and her long sweeping train, and added the word Queen.

After the gingersnap cookies came out of the oven and were cooling on the rack, it was time to jump into our next letter pairing.

V is for Valley
C is for Cave

Our story for this set is a wonderful book, which I am really glad to see back in print! I still have my well-worn copy from childhood and the pages are beginning to fall out. It's The Rainbow Goblins by Ul de Rico.

V is for Valley and C is for Cave are both shown in L M N O P and All the Letters A to Z and there's a nice illustration of C is for Cave on the front cover of Putting the Heart Back into Teaching as well.

I wanted to do a dyeing project to go with The Rainbow Goblins so we sprinkle-dyed white wool felt with various colors of Kool-Aid powder. At 20 cents per packet this is an inexpensive project, assuming you have a piece of white wool felt on hand. I cut part of my very large piece off, to fit a small rectangular Pyrex casserole dish, and got it thoroughly wet. Then I drained the extra water off and set it in the dish. He used a spoon to sprinkle a little bit from each packet onto the felt and watched the colors move and flow.

When dry, this kind of sprinkle-dyed felt is especially nice for tropical fish ornaments or finger puppets. Find patterns for fish in Feltcraft. It's stiffer after dyeing, so if you are thinking a finger puppet I would use dyed wool for one side of your fish and plain wool for the back side.

Note: If you think you'd like to sew a fish puppet, you might want to move this story to before you do the pairing for River and Net, so that you have the puppet to go with your River and Net story.

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