Planting a Rainbow: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

May 24, 2011

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Why we love this book:

These last few weeks of school we have been reading books about life cycles, plants, gardening and trees. We’ve also been busy outside studying our environment and planting our own square foot garden and tending to our flower gardens. Lois Ehlert’s books fit in nicely with such a study. The children love her bright, bold and colorful artwork. Her text is simple and yet full of nonfiction learning opportunities. This study will take us well into the hot, sun-shinny days of summer. Please join us for a bit of blooming this summer . . .

Drawing and Labeling a Plant Diagram

A Following Directions Journal Entry

(Look for the FREE printabale at the end of this post)

During our study on life cycles, plants, flowers, trees and gardening the children planted seeds, cared for their plants and observed their plants growing. FREE printable guide for children: How to Plant and Grow Seeds

Supplies:  * books related to plants *paper (journals)   * black thin tip marker for drawing  *  colored pencils

Step 1: Read a variety of books on gardening, plants, flowers and trees.

Discuss the parts of a plant and what a plant needs to grow (soil, water and sunlight).

Step 2: Lead the children through a following directions drawing activity. (link to printable directions at the end of this post)

I guess by now you’ve all realized, we use our journals to write about EVERYTHING! Accordingly, we used our journals to draw our plant diagrams. Of course, plain paper could also be used.

My children are free spirits who do not like following directions when it comes to their creativity. I had to give them very clear directions that I wanted them to listen carefully and that I wanted them to draw exactly what I instructed. However, within these guidelines their drawings look very different (ages 4 and 7).

When we draw, we often use a black fine tip marker to draw and then use another art medium to add color. For this project we used colored pencils.

plant diagram journal entry (in process), Miss Enigma, age 4

plant diagram journal entry, Miss Enigma, age 4

Miss Enigma told me the parts of her plant and I labeled her drawing as she directed.

plant diagram journal entry, MacGyver, age 7

I gave MacGyver the additional task of labeling his diagram independently. He used a number of books on plants as resources. At age seven, he already knows how to utilize books to find the information he needs to assist him in his learning and also in the process of completing his projects. He’s not a great “speller” but he knows how to locate the correct spelling. And since I’m his mother, and I’m cursed with the terrible spelling gene, this is a valuable skill he’ll use the rest of his life!

plant diagram journal entry, MacGyver, age 7

In the classroom or the homeschool setting, one of the things I like most about open-ended learning activities is that children of such different ages and abilities can enjoy and learn from the same lesson.

Print this FREE: Following Directions Plant Diagram

Life with Jeannine

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of  Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Thanks to our computer woes, we’ve been a little quiet over here at waddlee-ah-chaa the last two weeks. So just tell us what you’ve been up to these last two weeks. I’ll confess, I’ve been busy cursing my computer. (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, May 26, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, May 27, 2011. Check back it might be you!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie May 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Hey, I missed you ladies. I have noticed you aren’t posting as frequently. I love this book but we don’t have a copy of it so I had to enter!! We’ve been enjoying the warmer weather and playing outside- catching cicadas.

Brandy May 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Missed y’all! We made the decision to homeschool next fall (2nd, K, pre-K), so I’ve been trying to figure out all that I need to get done and then trying to get it done.

Jessy May 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

LOVE that book! Lois Ehlert books are awesome! I’m hoppin’ in from HHH. If (by chance) I win, please pass the book to another as we have this one! It’s a GREAT resource for our young ones!

maryanne May 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

We’ve been spending a lot of time indoors, since it’s been RAINING non-stop! And cold – highs of 55 most days!

It was nice Saturday, and again this afternoon, so hopefully we’re finally going to see some spring weather!

I hope you don’t have any more computer woes in the near future!

Tiffany May 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I have been pawning my older child off on my wonderful aunt and enjoying long afternoon naps with the younger one. ;)

Tara May 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I’ve missed y’all!! Glad to see you back!
It’s been really hot here in our neck of the woods so we’ve spent lots of time sweating outside! We went to our Pastor’s house this past weekend. He has a small pond and there were TONS of tiny frogs. I thought about y’all and the frogs that you had posted about. He also had tons of tiny turtles. The boys had so much fun!!

Anissa May 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Wrapping up the school year, crafts, indoor cooking projects, starting seeds, splashing in puddles, playing in mud, reading tons, doing free bowling, and praying that the sun would finally come out. Guess what – it did briefly today! Yippee! Now, we are just hoping that our potatoes, peas, and carrots aren’t going to rot due to all the rain. Finally got our warm weather plants in tonight. Love the fun of watching things grow and can’t wait to eat that first sun warmed tomato…

Alice May 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I’ve missed you too! We’ve been up to finishing up our year and trying to stay dry from the constant rain!!

Mozi Esmes Mom May 25, 2011 at 1:54 am

Been busy trying to catch up and only getting further behind – on EVERYTHING! Dishes, work, blogging, reviews, homeschool, the works…

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Pat May 25, 2011 at 7:15 am

Glad you’re back. We’ve been planting a garden and doing activities outside.

Linda Kish May 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I had to buy a new transmission for my son’s truck.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Melanie May 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

We have been getting our veggie garden and field corn planted the last couple of weeks!

Merelyn - Real Kid Friendly May 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

We had a funeral for our “Skippyjon Jones book last week. Captain Destructo (or future scientist – “What happens if I do this?”) thought that ripping the pages to shreds was a good way to spend his quiet time.

Jeannine May 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

No not Skippyjon Jones! I see a a four foot sub mural in your future!

Michelle Willow May 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Similar to you, I’ve been cursing my computer as well. As soon as I decided to go with daily posting on the blog, he broke. :( Well, good thing I can borrow hubby’s. ;)

Andi May 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

I would love a chance to win! Thank you!

Ashley May 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

What a neat book! Just found your blog, so I’m hoping to grab a bit of time to look around and get some ideas for my boys. Thanks for the giveaway!

Esther Haas May 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog.

Jennifer May 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I’m considering homeschooling. Any words of advice for making the leap? Thanks for the giveaway.

faiten February 19, 2012 at 7:25 am


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