>Caps For Sale

>”Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!”

Last week we read “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina. It was pretty funny to ask Aidan to repeat the author’s name. Over and over again. ;) “Caps for sale” is a story about a peddler selling caps. He wears all of his caps on his head. 17 to be exact. Walking around the village yelling “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!” When he sits down under a tree to get some rest he wakes up to find all of his caps missing. He looks up to notice 17 monkeys in the tree above him, each with a cap on their heads. Trying to get his caps back turns into a fun little game of “monkey see, monkey do”.
Aidan loved the story. It was a lot of fun. I just wish we had more time with it. I guess I could have rowed it for two weeks. I’m sure we will read it again in the future.

It was a pretty laid back week over all. We had a LOT going on this week. Aidan’s allergies have been acting up on and off and I honestly think a little cold has been trying to break through. So we had a few do nothing days. He wasn’t feeling great and I didn’t want to push it. I was also busy getting his room ready to be painted and redecorated.

Some activities we did this week:

-The first thing he did was draw a tree (he drew it himself) and put some monkey’s in it!

– We acted out the story. Taking turns being the peddler and the monkey.

-We wore caps on our heads and yelled “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!” we used real money to buy the caps from each other. I changed the price saying “two quarters” or “two dimes” since it was really hard for him to grasp the concept of 10 or 20 cents. We aren’t there yet. But he did a great job identifying which was a nickel, dime etc. This game was a big hit and we continue to play it =)

-Practiced balancing hats and books on our heads. It’s hard to imagine how that peddler could walk around with 17 caps on his head. Not an easy thing to do! ;)

– We counted the caps and monkeys in the illustrations. How many red caps? How many blue caps? etc. I also found a worksheet to go along with it. Since Aidan can’t write his numbers yet I let him use his number stamps to fill in the answers.

– We discussed the definition of a “peddler” what his “wares” were.

– We studied monkeys and apes this week. Complete with a trip to the zoo. I will make another post with zoo trip photos. He loved the monkeys.

– We worked on the letter “M” for Monkey. He is doing great with letter recognition. He already knew the letter “M”. He quickly forgets the sounds the letters make though. It’s something we work on constantly.

-We played color and shapes games. Some time4learning.com activities. He is really good at his colors and shapes. That never really feels like We are going to start getting into some harder shapes like hexagon which he knows as the stop sign shape. Oval seems to be a touch one for him as well.

– As always we did worksheets for our lap book. I love the worksheets from HomeschoolShare. Always a lot of fun.
Cute little mini book where he has to match the hats to the workers. Find the farmer’s hat, the chef’s hat, etc. He knew them all and didn’t need any help from me. He also wrote his first letter! Without tracing that is. It’s the letter C for Caps! YAY!
Other books we read this week to go along with our story:
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – Eileen Christelow
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree – Eileen Christelow
Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake – Eileen Christelow
Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping- Eileen Christelow.

To go along with our monkey theme and out “Five Little Monkeys..” books we played the “Five Little Monkeys” board game!

We also played the cranium “Polar Bear A-B-C” game that he loves. Then we played a game with our printed caps where I would say “Monkey, monkey in a tree, throw a yellow (or whatever colow) cap to me!” And he threw that color cap down into his pirate hat.
Finally, we made Peanut Butter Monkey Bars! They were delicious!

There’s is more that I can’t remember. It was a pretty busy week. Unfortunately we didn’t make a lap book this week. We just didn’t do enough worksheets to fill one.

Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on our trip to the zoo, apple picking, and Aidan’s room makeover: part 1.

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