Friday, June 7, 2013

Goliath's Secret: A Review, Giant Frogs, Lifecycles & Sign language

I am so pleased to be able to share a great Picture book called Goliath's Secret written by Bonnie Feuer and illustrated by Sharai Platt. Following the review are some fun ways we 'stretched the book' and it's message.

Told in prose and rhyme, this story is about a group of West African animals watching a Goliath Frog. At first they are confused when he will not respond to them. Throughout the day each Animal tries to get him to say something using they way they each think is the best. Still the Goliath says nothing. By nightfall all the Animals are feeling sorry him until he ultimately shows them that he has no problem making himself understood.

The illustrations are beautiful and show off the beauty of the African river habitat. Overall the book spreads an important message of Caring, Diversity and Acceptance. It teaches an important lesson: we should not assume that there is 'something wrong' with someone that does not behave how we expect they should. It also touches on the need to respect all people regardless of their abilities.

 Learning more about Goliath Frogs:
Here is what Miss K discovered when we did some research together on the Internet.
The Goliath is the largest Frog in the world, weighing around 7 pounds and up to a foot in length! You might think it would have a very loud croak. However, this species does not have a vocal sack and so is mute.

Different ways to communicate:
We discussed what it might mean if a Person is unable to speak. Both kids were able to think of different ways to communicate without their voices. Together we all learnt how to sign 'Frog' in American Sign language and Finger spell our names.
Some other methods of Non verbal communication we talked about were Body language, Written words, Braille and Art.

Making a 'Pond Life cycle flap book'

There are so many amazing Free Montessori Frog resources available. Here are the ones I used with Mini Piwi (Pre K)
One of my favorite resources this week was only 99c. 'A Life Cycle App' is full of information about the Life cycles and Cycles of a variety of Insects, Frogs, Rocks, the Moon and was will worth a download on my Kindle!

As chance would have it, a few days after this project we had a visitor on our front porch...
This guy was 'only' around 3 inches long and a Toad but we decided that was as close as we were going to get to a Goliath Frog in Texas!

I come from a long line of Reptile 'Phobs' (ironic since New Zealand is Snake and Giant Lizard Free). My kids are fascinated with them...from a safe distance. How do you feel about Frogs, Snakes and Lizards?

Follow all the Fun and Learning!

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Giveaway: Slushy Magic Prize pack (Princess, Avengers + $15 GC) #savorysummer

Savory Summer
We are so excited to be part of the 2013 Savory Summer Giveaway hosted by Measuring flower. This hop includes a bunch of Summer loving bloggers who are all giving away food and food related giveways. Check out the bottom of this post for a list of all the blogs you can hop to for a chance to win some great stuff! Don't forget to check out the Grand Prizes too from Calphalon and Volcano Grills!

Here in Texas Summer is well and truly here! One of the signs of Summer in Texas are the long lines at Sonic to get a Slush! While the kids occasionally get a store-bought slush as a treat, we tend to make our own.

If you haven't seen the commercial on TV yet...Slushy Magic is a cup and a set of reusable 'Magic ice cubes'. Simply pour your child's favorite drink into the cup and add the cubes. Shake the sealed cup for a minute and 'Hey presto' you have a Slushy. Yes it really works!

We are giving away a Slushy Magic Gift pack. One lucky Winner will receive 2 Slushy magic sets (one Disney Princess and one Avengers) and for all your favorite drinks to turn into slush: a $15 Target Gift card. The Retail value of this package is $45.

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