Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Blueberries for Sal

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This week we "rowed" Blueberries for Sal. It is such a sweet story that teaches so many wonderful things to our kids!
It all started when I was driving a Florida backroad and I saw a sign for blueberry picking during the months of April and May. I thought to myself, I must do Blueberries for Sal and take them blueberry picking! So I got out my B4FIAR manual and poured over what I wanted to do with the kids. Then that week I went to Target and found the cutest little tin pails that would be perfect for picking!

So during the week I started looking up blueberry farms in Fl. Guess what. No blueberries. The birds were all taking advantage of the yummy fruit and there was nothing. So when my kids heard me drive up to a local grocery store, they asked "what are we doing?" I replied, "picking blueberries at Publix!" My poor DH jumped out of the van and went into Publix and came out as white as a sheet. He found blueberries alright. At $4.00 for a miniscule container.   My DH is more than frugal so I was very thankful that he did this wonderful gesture for our kids.

I ended up cutting out green construction paper for the leaves and put toothpicks inside of them to attach the blueberry on. It worked out fine and they were able to pick all they wanted and listen for the famous "kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk!"

I am so thankful to have a DH that loves "rowing" books as well. He had such a fun time reading the story while the kids picked their blueberries.

Luke had a good time learning about the color blue. He enjoyed coloring his blueberries as shown here.

Kylie and Luke also got to do a collage of animals that they picked out of a magizine. In Blueberries for Sal there were a number of animals such as crows, bears and partriges. So we cut out pictures of bears, birds and spiders (?) and matched them all together.

We did so many fun things, mostly from the B4 manual but this picture was so funny to me. At night snack, I let them have blueberry yogurt. Kylie I think was a bit burnt out from all of the picture taking so this is what I got.

In Blueberries for Sal, the mother and child become lost from eachother so when we took a family trip to Sea World, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to discuss safety. Kylie and I pretended to be the Mommy and Little bear and she payed special attention to not get seperated from me.

To end up the week we had an impromptu Blueberry picnic for dinner. My DD had pulled out a blanket and was having her own picnic when she said "let's have a cereal picnic!" I looked in our pantry and what did we have? Blueberry Morning cereal! "Ok" I told her so we all sat down and had cereal for dinner. Stellar mommy moment there... Fun none the less.

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