U is for Umbrella…

There was a lot to learn about the letter Uu and umbrellas today.  We talked about how umbrellas are helpful…they keep you dry, they keep you shady when it’s sunny, they protect food from the sun too.   We read quite a few stories about umbrellas of all kinds, made a craft and sang a song too.

Rain on My Umbrella

(to the tune of Frere Jaques)

Drip, drip, drop, drop

Drip, drip, drop, drop

Drip, drip, drop

Drip, drip, drop

Rain on my umbrella

Rain on my umbrella

Never stops.

Drip, drip, drop!

preschool poem about umbrellasWe read a poem from the book Beneath a Blue Umbrella by Jack Pretlutsky

preschool poem about umbrellasThis is the poem Beneath a Blue Umbrella by Jack Pretlusky. This tells the story of an umbrella used to protect fruit from the sun on a cart.

preschool book about umbrellas

We read The Umbrella by Jan Brett.  I am a huge fan of Jan Brett and this book has beautiful illustrations of the jungle.  The story is similar to The Hat by Jan Brett, but in this story the animals all pile into an umbrella that a little boy leaves on the jungle floor.  His umbrella is special because he has made it from the leaves and vines that are found in the rainforest.  We also learned all about the unusual animals that live in a rainforest: toucan, quetzal, tapir and kinkajou.

preschool book about umbrellas

We also read Umma Ungka’s Umbrella by Barbara deRubertis.  This book is full of words that have the letter Uu in them.  And we learned an Ungka is a type of monkey too!

preschool umbrella craftWe painted templates of umbrellas with water colors.  I thought the water colors would be so pretty and give the umbrellas a “watery” look to them.

preschool umbrella craft

preschool umbrella craftThe children also painted raindrops that we then strung onto the umbrellas with fishing line to make it look like it is raining.

preschool umbrella craftI love the way they look hanging on the wall!  It really looks like it is raining when the raindrops sway and blow in the breeze of the air vents.

umbrealla wreathFor spring, which is just around the corner, I made this cute umbrella wreath for our classroom door!

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Umbrella Bird…

U is for Umbrella Bird!  We learned all about this unusual bird today!  He has a fancy crest of feathers on his head just like an umbrella. We had a lot of fun singing and reading about this fun and fancy bird!

Uppity Umbrella Bird

(to the tune of Frere Jaques)

Uppity Umbrella Bird, Uppity Umbrella Bird,

U says uh, uh, uh, uh

Umbrella, up and under; upside-down and Uncle,

U says uh, uh, uh, uh

preschool book on umbrella birds

We read Umbrella Bird’s Umbrella by Heather Feldman from the Alphatales book.  I love this book, it has been so helpful and useful this year.

preschool book on umbrella birds

Our letter U cheer that is at the end of each story in the Alphatales book.

preschool umbrealla bird puppe

This is our interpretation of the umbrella bird.  We made the puppet out of a paper bag, but we made our birds a little bit more colorful!

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“Chicken” Tacos…

We made a delish version of chicken tacos today using Seitan!  Seitan….what is that?, you might be asking yourself.  It is a mock meat substitute made from wheat gluten.  It has the same texture as chicken and will take on any flavor that you add to it.  I have had it out at various vegan restaurants in Orange Chicken and on a Philly Cheese sandwich.  I purchased the Seitan in a package in the refrigerated case of our local health food store Chucks.  This is a healthy substitute, if you are wanting to watch your calories or try going veg for a day!

Mock Chicken Tacos

1 package of Seitan, drained

fresh toppings:

chopped cilantro

green onions

sliced baby peppers




cheese (optional, I happen to LOVE cheese and eat it in moderation, but for a true vegan meal leave it off)

crunchy or soft taco shells ( I really like the crunchy shells that are flat on the bottom, it make it so much easier to stuff the tacos)

To make the tacos, just drain the seitan and stir fry like you would to make chicken tacos.  I seasoned mine with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.

Stir fry the seitan just like chicken….it really looks like the real deal, doesn’t it?

Then just stuff the tacos!  I am in love with these baby peppers.  My husband thinks it is silly, because they are, after all just baby bell peppers, but I personally think they taste better!


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