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"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King's Birthday

In honor of Martin Luther King, we read a book about him and talked about his life and his dreams for the world.
We read We are all Alike, We are all Different,
and talked about how we are alike and how we are different, as we created collages on people shapes...
We talked about our dreams for the world and wrote them in cloud shapes where we added some cotton balls for effect.
 We made a friendship snack. Each of us was given an ingredient which we added to a big bowl to make a snack to share with everyone. 

Wild West

We headed out on the range to the Wild West. 

There were horses to ride and cows to wrangle.

 
 We wore cowpoke hats, boots and bandannas.
We cooked over the campfire,
strummed our guitars and laid our sleepy heads on our bedrolls as we looked up at the nighttime sky. We sang "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Home on the Range". 
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
And the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.



We read Cowpokes by Caroline Stutson. We each picked the cowpoke we would want to be...
As we galloped around the room, we chanted:
Giddy up horsie
Goin’ to town

Careful cowpoke
Don’t fall down!

We chanted this fingerplay:

Ten galloping horses came to town
(Hold ten fingers up)Five were black
(Hold five fingers up on one hand)
Five were brown
(Hold five fingers up on the other hand)
They galloped up
(gallop fingers up)
They galloped down
(gallop fingers down)
And then they galloped out of town!
(gallop fingers behind back)



Reading Matthew the Cowboy by Ruth Hooker,
we learned about brands. We used branding irons (potatoes on a stick) each with our own brands (the first letter of our name and our handprints) and decorated bandannas or kerchiefs to wear out on the range, to keep the dust out of our noses and mouths.
We also learned about lariats and lassoing when we read Cowboy Cal, 
so we practiced using our own lassos to rope some strays (stuffed animals of our choice).
A barrel (in our case, a stool) in the middle of our circle gave us the opportunity to practice barrel racing. 
       As we galloped around the barrel we sang,
We’ll be comin’ around the mountain when we come.
We’ll be comin’ around the mountain when we come.
We’ll be comin’ around the mountain,
We’ll be comin’ around the mountain,
We’ll be comin’ around the mountain when we come!

The one day that the weather was nice enough, we took our horses out on a trail ride. We donned the bandannas that we made to keep the dust out of our noses... (They also kept our necks warm!)
Wanted posters were made with us in our "cowpoke garb".  Who wouldn't "want" these adorable cowpokes?
This week gave us a feel for what the wild west was really like. 
Yee Haw!