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Al-Ain Airshow: January 28th, 2009

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When Rajaa was a baby and toddler she loved this book "Planes" by Byron Barton

It shows different types of planes and people getting off the plane and other fun things. It was her favorite on airplane trips to USA and Lebanon. But Mustapha has never been on a plane nor has he seen one live before. So when reading the book to him I make lots of sound effects and emphasize things. The chance to go to the yearly Al-Ain Airshow on January 28th came. I almost forgot about it but my close fellow Homeschooling friend reminded me! I was quick to load up the kids and some snacks (I had just made a dense coconut cake so I sliced that up for snacks and peanut butter sandwiches) and I off we went~!

We couldn't afford the fee to enter the main viewing area so we parked in the parking lot behind with many other families and could see a lot of plane action there. We had forgotten chairs so I just popped open the back of the minivan and we sat on the bumper (with the open door above us shading us alhamdulillah) we saw some smaller planes doing loop-de-loops and one made a heart with it's trail. I explained these terms to Rajaa and Mustapha was just thrilled to see actual airplanes. Naturally I brought the book with us to solidify the correlation.

We could only stay for an hour til my husband had to go to work so we missed out on the ladies dancing on top of the planes and the jet planes. But it was still worth it.
When we got home I pulled some craft supplies together for a craft.

You need:
White Paper
Black Marker
Glue
Scissors
Cotton Balls
Crayons or Markers
Optional Glitter (if it strikes your young artists' fancy)
And a blue colored paper (to show "sky")

On the white paper draw an airplane for each of your students. Or print from the Internet if you're not artistically inclined.
Let them color it with crayons or markers (we used crayons). Rajaa wanted an all pink plane and Mustapha did an awesome multi-colored one.
Then I cut out Mustapha's and let Rajaa try to do hers mostly by herself.
I then let them glue it to the Blue Paper in whatever position they want.
Then I asked Rajaa what shape of the airplane trail she wanted. She liked the heart so she made one and we connected it to the airplane's tail. Mustapha just held my hand and dragged it back and forth across the paper and amazingly came out with a nice swirl that I then connected to the airplane tail.
Then they had an absolute blast as I tore of small tuffs (since they were tearing off half the ball at first) from the cotton balls, and gave it to them to stick on the glue to form a great trail to the airplane. I was excited that even Mo could do this one. He didn't like the glue and cotton on his fingers so Rajaa helped him finish his.
Finally we reached the final product and I wrote the event and date and Names on the paper.
TA-DA! We stuck it on Bulletin Board 2.

Mustapha loves to read this book even more now! A great field trip!

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Faith Confusion said...

Wow that is so wonderful. I am so happy you are teaching your babies at such a young age. Best of luck with the schooling: you're off to such a great start.

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