Preschool Unit Study: Walter the Baker

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This week we strayed from our FIAR curriculum and ventured off into a unit study with Walter the Baker by Eric Carle.
Character Education:
We focused on Honesty.  In the book, Walter is making sweet rolls when the cat spills the milk.  Instead of being upfront (honest) he hides the error and adds water to his rolls and hopes no one will notice.  The Duke and Duchess are no fools and punish Walter.
We used Kids of Integrity to start of our week.  The "kick-off craft" is to make a certificate of authenticity, after discussing what it is to be honest.  They are then tasked with decorating their certificates.  For us this was a lengthy activity since Emma hasn't seen a sticker in over a year.  She went a bit sticker crazy, covering every open space.  :)

We also like to color a printable page while listening to narrated story over at Character First Education.  (There's a lot more to do over there, but we usually just listened to the character story)
Throughout the week we read
Emma is so obsessed with cats lately.  I was so thrilled to find the most perfect printables to go with our baking unit study.  Over at hs Printables, under the "C" section, is a link for "cat and cupcake activity" to go along with the book, *If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.
We also read The Baker's Dozen: A Counting Book .  Emma adored this book.


For science we focused on tasting.  I found a nice printable from and then set up our tasting station.  This was more for big brother (2nd grade), but Emma tagged along and learned as well.  Connor decided that he loves pure grapefruit juice and finished it off after test.  lol.

We also made pretzels, which turned into a nice science lesson with the mixing of the yeast and the dipping in the baking soda.

I wish at this point I could tell you where I found my recipe.  (It was so easy, and explained why we dip it in the soda).  But I didn't save the site, which is frustrating.  But anyway, it was a fun experience and easy to do.

We baked them then held one up to the window to see if the "rising sun can shine through three times".

Language Arts:

The perfect nursery rhyme to go with baking is obviously pat-a-cake.  There's some super printables over at KizClub.  But we went for the more hands on approach.

I whipped up some playdough (our favorite recipe) and added one apple tea bag.  I just cut the bag open and mixed it all in.  It made it smell amazing plus was a nice shade of pink.  I did have to add more flour as it was still too sticky, maybe because of the dried apples?

I set it up on a board, gave Emma my fondant roller (because I couldn't find her playdough roller) and we did the rhyme over and over again (at her request).

Another day she declared it my birthday.

Social Studies:

We focused on castles, simply just checking out some interesting themed books from the library.

For Connor, I chose DK Readers L2: Battle at the Castle.

additional links for inspiration:

Community Helper: Baker
Cupcake printables at Teacher's Notebook

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 Weekly Wrap-Up


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