Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cc is for Clock and Candy

We had two Cc words today - Clock and Candy.  Once we were all ready this morning, we headed to the mall for a little field trip.  Our first stop was a home decor store.  Ever since Evan was a really little boy, he has loved clocks.  As soon as we walked into the store, he kept seeing them all over and would point them all out, saying, "Oh look, here's one!"  When we made it to the back of the store we discovered 3 full walls covered with all sorts of huge clocks.  Evan kept saying, "WOW!  Look at this one!"  We had no idea going into the store if they would even have clocks, but we definitely hit the Jackpot with this one!  Evan loved it! 

Our next stop was the Candy Store (aka Mr. Bulky's).  Evan had never been in a Candy Store before.  We've all heard the saying, "It's like a kid in a candy store...", and Evan was truly a kid in the candy store!  His eyes got so big when he saw all the candy.  He kept wanting to open all the bins and just reach his hand in.  Everything was, "Oh, I want this!"  He left with a candy necklace (which was gone before we even got home!), a Woody Pez dispenser, a lollipop, and a bag of Jelly Bellies.  The Jelly Bellies were really for Daddy (another kid in the candy store!).  Just for the record, we did not let him eat it all today.  He ate his candy necklace, about 5 pieces of Pez, and several licks from the lollipop.  And no, for some reason, he didn't want to take a nap today :).

Huge fan of the 'sucker'.
To along with the Clock theme today, I taught Evan "Hickory Dickory Dock."  We then made our very own clock.  Evan painted an old oatmeal container for the base. 

He said he wanted it to look like his sucker!
While we were waiting for it to dry, we played with a toy clock.  He took all the numbers out and put them back in.  Then we used the clock we made and sang "Hickory Dickory Dock".  I would show him a 'Time' Flashcard and he would move the hands on his clock to match.  Then we would sing the song and act like a mouse climbing up and down the clock.  We would clap for the clock striking each hour.  He loved this and we acted out each hour.

Playing with his toy clock.
"..the clock struck 9, the mouse ran down.  Hickory Dickory Dock!"
While we continued to wait for the clock base to dry, we read several clock books that we had checked out from the library.  One of the books was called, "Bats Around the Clock" by Kathi Appelt.  It was a spin on the American Bandstand - only it was the American Batstand with Click Dark as the host.  Each hour the bats did a different dance.  As we read it, Evan would move the hands on his clock and we would dance (or should I say, Boogie and Bebop!) around the room.  He really enjoyed this book.  He begged me to read it again, but I only had the energy to do it once!  I wasn't the one on the sugar high!  Instead I got out another book called, "The Clock" by Trent Duffy.  It was a nonfiction book about the history of clocks and had all sorts of pictures dating way back.  I didn't know if he would want to look at it or not, but he was absolutely mesmerized by it.  He just kept saying, "Oh wow, look at this one!", or "Oooo, this one is pretty!"  There were several times that I was trying to turn the page and he would hold my hand down because he wasn't done looking at them.  What can I say, the kid loves clocks!

By this time, the clock base was dry so we attached the face of the clock onto it.  I had made a little mouse out of an egg carton and fixed it up so that Evan could make the mouse go up and down the clock as we sang, "Hickory Dickory Dock."  He thought this was so neat!  Then he just wanted to play with the mouse and took it on walks around the house!

Hickory Dickory Dock!  The mouse ran up the clock.
Petting his mouse!
Taking his mouse for a walk!
When we went outside to play, Evan wanted me to draw a clock.  Then he wanted me to make a mouse in his clock.  We sang "Hickory Dickory Dock" while jumping from number to number.  Then he just rode his bike in circles around the clock! 

Jumping around the clock.
Riding his bike around the clock.
We are still reading "The Carrot Seed" by Ruth Krauss.  Each day we put his 'Carrot Pot' outside to get sunlight.  Today when we brought it in, there were weeds growing in it.  Tomorrow, we will have to pull the weeds, just like the little boy in the story.  I keep reminding Evan that we have to be patient.  We've been singing the song, "Be patient, Be patient.  Don't be in such a hurry.  When you get impatient, you'll only start to worry.  Remember, remember, that God is patient too, so think of all the times when others have to wait for you."  It's so funny to hear Evan sing it because he tries to do it in a really deep voice (like Herbert the Snail from his Patience Video). 

1 comment:

  1. You may never know the joy we get just "being there" through this blog and pictures. This journal will make a great "how to" book someday ... and even now for those who read it and are considering homeschooling. But who could pull this off like our Julie!!!???
    LOVE YOU!!