Friday, August 29, 2014

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row


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Our very first row!  I mentioned in our 2014 curriculum post that one of the reasons I chose Five in a Row was because it would allow us to explore topics based on current interests.  So with that in mind, I chose Truman's Aunt Farm to kick off Emory's Kindergarten year!  He hasn't stopped talking about his Aunt in months, and I knew he'd adore activities that related to her!

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row

Truman's Aunt Farm is about a little boy who receives the gift of an ant farm from his aunt. The problem is that when he sends in for his ants, he receives a lot of aunts instead! What is Truman to do with all these aunts!?

We actually did this row over two weeks, spending just a few days each week on school as we get back into the swing of things.  There were other days we just did regular reading and played board games for math!  We didn't necessarily do one subject per day when we rowed, as we mixed and matched since some lessons were conversational, but I'm grouping the activities by subject.


Language Arts

Narration
I asked Elliott to tell me about the book after the first reading.  It left a little to be desired, but we haven't practiced narration in a while.  However, I did hear him making up a song when the boys were goofing off and it included an aunt that could do back flips with her eyes closed, and they were also talking about ants vs. aunts during their tickle fest!

Homophones
Emory understood the ant/aunt word play, but this lesson was definitely for Elliott.  We discussed homophones (as opposed to how the FIAR manual described them as homonyms) and then did a quick homophones worksheet.  He was also able to give Daddy a very good definition of homophones later in the week.

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row


Writing a Friendly Letter
The boys each wrote a letter to one of their aunts since Truman and his Aunt wrote back and forth.  This tickled Emory!  I used a simple friendly letter template since we haven't really written a lot of letters.  He made me find out her favorite color so he could draw a picture with it, hence the amount of blue!

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row



Writing Prompt
Since we were writing letters and talking about stamps during the week, I used this cute writing prompt "If I were going to design a new stamp I would make it look this this because . . ."  I found it in the Creative Writing Prompts (May) at 123 Homeschool for Me.  We looked at images of stamps online and then the boys designed their own.  They went the character route!  My goal for adding these writing prompts are to encourage Elliott to write more than one or two sentences at a time.  We will obviously be building up to that.  Handwriting is on my radar too.

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row


Emory created a Skylander.

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row


Copywork
Elliott's copywork came from the Truman Aunt's Farm activities at Homeschool Share.  Emory had a very simple Ants Worksheet which was basically a coloring page with the word Ants in traceable font.  We talked about each letter and practiced tracing them.  He colored a glow in the dark ant and a Knight ant.  I thought he meant "night" at first, obviously, since the other one glows in the dark.  However, I was corrected when he later drew swords for his Knight ant.  When we realized what he meant, Elliott immediately recognized that these were homophones!

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row



Social Studies

Relationships - Aunts
In addition to the discussion in the manual, the boys named and counted all of their aunts.  This naturally led to discussions about cousins as well.

Geography 
We looked at our U.S. map and pointed out where each aunt lives.  All of the aunts on Daddy's side live in our state or border states, while the aunts on Mommy's side live much further away in Georgia, so we placed our story disk on GA!

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row


Mathematics

Counting Change
We talked about the price of stamps and counted out different ways to equal $0.49!  Elliott quickly pointed out to Emory that counting by 10's was the easiest way to count out 49 pennies.  I was reminded to put all of the coins back through the mouth of the jar and not to recount them, as they use an electronic counting jar and want it to be accurate for the next bank trip.  ;-)

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row



Science

Nature Study - Ants
One day we watched The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in its Pants.  Emory really enjoyed this.  His favorite facts were that ants smell with their antennae and that "baby ants" look like worms!  I will probably add more episodes to our science as they match up.  We generally do educational videos like this during afternoon snacks or when we need some quiet time.




I am not going to lie.  I didn't want an ant farm.  We tend to believe nature belongs in nature as much as possible.  So we had a little fun and attracted some ants with a plate of food.  The boys crumbled a few cheerios and an animal cracker, put a little lettuce, bread crust and some banana on a paper plate.  We went to the shade of the apple trees and they used a {rotten} apple to make sure the plate didn't blow away, and because they've seen windblown apples with ants on them before anyway.

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row








Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a RowThe kids played around for awhile and only saw a few ants, so we went inside for a snack and returned later to find a lot of ants!  There was one large ant roaming, and several tiny ones.  We talked about foragers, and I asked them to pay attention to which food the ants seemed to prefer.

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row


Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row

The large one liked the banana, while the rest seemed to prefer the animal crackers.  There was very little activity on the other food.  Elliott said because the banana was "sweet and healthy" and he didn't know why they liked the animal crackers because he didn't like those kind!

Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row

Oh, Emory saved some of his string cheese from his snack to take back out to the plate.  It was popular with the ants too.
Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row




Food Stuff
The kids had "little hot dogs" like the aunts in the story for lunch one day, except we were out of buns.  They didn't care.  I'm not a hot dog fan, so I had a sandwich.  We also made the traditional ants on a log.  Of course, after Elliott got excited about ants on a log I realized I didn't have plain raisins and had to raid the trail mix!  I probably could have planned this one better!


Truman's Aunt Farm with Five in a Row


Book Basket Titles (with tie-in theme)
Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros (Science-Ants)
Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman (family)
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant (extended family)
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parrish (word play)
Berenstains' A Book by Stan and Jan Berenstain (letter "A" and Ants)


Next Up:  Elliott has asked to study Japan, so we're looking for A Pair of Red Clogs and/or Grandfather's Journey next.  We had a lot of fun with our first row, and I look forward to sharing more with you!!


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7 comments:

  1. That looks like fun. I don't think I have read that book.

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    1. I had never heard of this book until Five in a Row, but it's very fun!

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  2. So so fun! This was a pretty cute book and we had a lot of fun with it too a few years ago! Don't you just love how much you can truly glean from a picture book?!
    And, I am totally with you about believing nature belongs IN nature... we didn't do an ant farm, either! ; )

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    1. Yes, I am very glad we are back to literature-based studies. I love how adaptable this program is so far for the different abilities of my boys!

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  3. We are using B4FIAR this year and I'm excited about jumping back into the rows! This one looks great!

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    1. We haven't tried B4FIAR but I have several of the books and we adore them! I'm hoping to use it with the next two kids when they are ready.

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