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W for Water & Wash

If you are new to Read to Me & ABC, please start here.

Read to Me

Our main book was Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm by Joy Cowley; we spent two weeks on this unit because there were too many fun things for just one week!

Alphabet Art- Watermelon W


Pattern (capital W)
pink paint
watermelon stickers printed on a full label sheet

Paint the W pink.  Set aside to dry.  Add stickers.  

This was not my original plan.  The original plan was to paint the W pink and add watermelon seeds (cute!), but I forgot to save the seeds from the watermelon we had, so I had to figure out something else.  

Lessons & Lapbook

I used some of the lessons and lapbook from Homeschool Share and a printable from the Alphabet Notebook.  This lapbook took two file folders; I hole punched both and glued them back to back.  

There are two different things to finger paint; Simon was so happy!

I put a back pocket on the lapbook to hold all sorts of goodies– the animals for hiding, a Mrs. Wishy Washy magnet page, and the w words for "Wonderful World" 

Let's Make a Memory ~ Wishy Washy!

This is your child's chance to pretend to be just like Mrs. Wishy Washy!

I super highly recommend that you use a vinyl tablecloth for this. I didn't think about grabbing mine out of our camping gear, and I wish I would have!

You just mix up some chocolate pudding with your preschooler, get out some plastic animals, and let your kiddo go for it; he will probably know exactly what to do without any instruction.  Simon was quite content and really rolled the animals around in the mud. 

You know what comes after the mud, right? 

That's right–

Bath time!

Wishy Washy, Splishy Sploshy!

Book Basket
Mrs. Wishy Washy
Mr. Wishy Washy
Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm
Wishy Washy Day 
Mrs. Wishy Washy Makes a Splash

Shopping List

  • pink paint
  • watermelon (don't forget to save the seeds for a cute alphabet art W!)
  • chocolate pudding mix & milk
  • brown finger paint
  • blue finger paint
  • you might want to invest in a vinyl tablecloth; it will come in handy for all kinds of painting and craft projects in the future
  • velcro dots for the matching games in the lapbook folder 

China Unit & Notebook

We started our study with The Story About Ping.   We added in a Learn About China Kit, a co-op field trip to P.F. Chang’s, and bits & pieces from the Ancient Civilizations History Pocket.   We ended up with a boy who couldn’t wait to learn about China each day!


Book List
The Story About Ping
Tikki Tikki Tembo (go along for the classic story & fiction story lessons in FIAR)
The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop (go along for the classic story & fiction story lessons in FIAR)
Children Just Like Me (used with geography lesson for FIAR)
Good Times Travel Agency Adventures in Ancient China by Linda Bailey
Usborne Beginners China (has internet links)
The Great Wall of China by Leonard Everett Fisher 
The Magic Boat by Demi
A Grain of Rice by Helena Pittman
Little Pear & Little Pear and His Friends by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Ling and the Magic Paintbrush by Demi
The Empty Pot by Demi

Other Resources
Teach me Chinese (book and CD)
Chinese New Year Celebration printables by Scholastic
Great Wall of China Informational Sheet from
Learning Page
Ping Resources at HSS
Dragon Puppet (I can’t find the link for the one we made…sorry)
Ancient Civilizations History Pockets
China Learning Kit (which made this study real and relevant)

China Learning Kit