The Yellow Ball

We read The Yellow Ball by Molly Bang for Five in a Row this week.  There are many similarities to My Blue Boat, but the journey belongs to a child’s yellow ball that gets lost at sea for a time.

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Monday is our laundry day, so we usually try to take some stories and read while the clothes are washing.  After we read the story, the kids had fun swatting yellow balloons around with a (clean) fly swatter.

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We found the oceans, learned a song about them by Dr. Jean and spent a lot of time comparing The Yellow Ball to My Blue Boat.  The past two weeks we have read many stories about the sea, dolphins, and whales.  We made list of things we might spot at the beach.

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In The Yellow Ball, the ball is shown from many different perspectives — under, above, far away, up close, behind.  We played a game practicing positional words with a  ball and cup.  They had a hard time with this.  It is no wonder that they can’t find things when I tell them where they are.

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We recreated the cover  of the book with watercolor and cotton balls.  It didn’t work very well because the paper got too soggy, but they enjoyed squirting from the pipettes anyway.

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We locked ourselves in the playroom and bounced many bouncy balls at one time.  Benjamin LOVED this! It was a little scary, but we somehow escaped without any injuries.

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We played many ball games.  Unfortunately I had ordered a yellow beach ball, but it didn’t arrive in time —  one of the joys of living over seas (sigh).  We substituted with Benny’s basketball.  We practiced catching, kicking, and passing, tossing, and throwing.

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We had fun with a yellow splat.  Benjamin’s exploded fairly quickly and I believe Clara’s splat it still stuck to the ceiling somewhere.

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In the story, the yellow ball weathers a storm and arrives safely on shore when the storm calms.  We related this to Luke 8:22-25 and discussed having faith and how Jesus also went through a storm, calmed the winds, and arrived safely on the other side.

We read a lot about thunderstorms this week and tried some experiments.  This one was somewhat of a fail, but they loved it anyway.  I’ll try it again someday with more blue in the  ice.  It is supposed to show how a thunderstorm is created.  We were watching to see what happens when a cold air front runs into a warm air front. The cold air forces the warm air up causing unstable air, thus creating a thunderstorm.

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When the ice began to melt, you could see the red water rise and the blue sink to the bottom.

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We tried to create the sound of thunder from WeatherWiz Kids .They explain it like this:  hitting the bag causes the air to compress so quickly that the air rushes out and pushes the outside air away.  The air continues to move forward in a wave. When the moving air reaches your  ear, you hear the sound.  When lighting strikes, the air is heated so quickly and expands producing waves of air resulting in thunder.

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For teatime this week, we had yellow ball sea theme.  We sipped yellow lemonade, ate lemon Oreos, and made a jello sea complete with swimming fish.  After teatime, we ventured outside to put those water balloons to good use.

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Neither one of them liked the jello and went fishing for Swedish fish instead, so I cooked up the rest of the boxes and turned into a sensory bin.  I think they would have loved this, but it wasn’t a very hot day (despite the boy in underpants) and the jello was cold.  Next time I’ll bring it to room temperature.

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It was a fun week!  Apple week is next!

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