Friday, March 1, 2019

Papa Piccolo

Eleanor asked if we could row "the cat book" next, when she saw the cat story disk, so I obliged.


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I had read Papa Piccolo to the kids once a long time ago, but I never actually rowed Papa Piccolo with the boys, so it was a fun row to plan!  I think we only spent five days on this book, but we did spread it over two weeks . . . because you know, it's Kindergarten.

Social Studies
Geography-Italy, Foreign Language-Italian
We started the week by learning about Italy!  We found it on the map and talked about the boot shape, and we went back through the illustrations and talked about gondolas and canals.  We briefly talked about the Italian words.

She added the heart, because she loves cats!


Of course we talked a little about Italy and placed our story disk on the scrunch map.



Then we talked about Italy and Venice and canals, and she asked if she could draw one of "those boats," so we talked about and made our own Gondola!




Creating a flag was suggested in the manual, but I never suggested it to her.  She asked on "Art Day" if she could make one, so I printed a quick page for her.




Science
On this day, we read from Cats by Seymour Simon, talked about different cats (our farm cat is a Tuxedo cat like Papa Piccolo) and she drew a cat, starting with the instructions in the Draw Write Now book, but eventually doing her own thing with it - including another heart.  The little cat stickers were a cheap amazon purchase, but she liked going through to pick out a sticker for each cat in the book.  She chose the tuxedo cat in the basket, because Papa liked to sleep in a crate.






Art
Use of Color for Light
She'd already added yellow to her windows in her picture, but I did mention it to her when we looked through the illustrations.  "I add yellow to all my windows."  Well, then.

She actually colored the Venetian Canal when we were learning about Italy, but she saw the printout before we read the book, and recognized/remembered it from when I read it aloud ages ago.




Colors, Color Matching, Color Wheel
We talked about the colors in the book.  She's familiar with color mixing, but she liked seeing it on a color wheel and making her own.



Language Arts
Drama and Exercise - Act out the Words
We did the activity of acting out the words one day.  (We've done this in the past with her phonics program, so it's a familiar activity.)

The Fox and the Sour Grapes
We read the Fable and discussed "sour grapes" to compare to the event in the story.  (I googled and printed an image with the story on it - but there are a variety of options to choose from.)




Eleanor relaxing with Tux (our "man cat" as they affectionally call him) when he sneaked in the house one day.



Books
The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown
Cats by Seymour Simon
If You Were Me and Lived in Italy by Carole P. Roman



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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Katy and the Big Snow (Row 2)



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I am so excited to start Five in a Row again!  I adored FIAR when I did it with the boys, but I hadn't quite made the leap into adding another student fully into our homeschool day.  Eleanor is Kindergarten age and has been doing some math and has started Logic of English Foundations, but I could tell she was ready for more.  I wasn't ready to put her in AO Y1 yet, so I thought this would be the perfect transition!



Anyway, I chose Katy and the Big Snow for our first row, because we were supposed to get hit with some winter weather, and even if we didn't get a "big snow" like Katy, this is such a fun winter row!  I then realized the geography/mapping aspect would be good for introducing maps and the story disks, so it worked out well.

I tried to mostly stick to one theme per day, but that meant we weren't necessarily focusing on a single subject some days, as recommended in the manual.  We typically only school 4 days a week at home (we have a weekly co-op) so this has always been done out of necessity anyway.


Day 1 - Social Studies
Cities, Responsibility, Street Signs, Map Skills 
While I read the book, she colored a little coloring page that I found in the FIAR Facebook group, with the intention of using it as the front page for this unit.  (We're just going to put everything into a sketch notebook this year, since she has no need for a portfolio, and see how that works out.)


Much of these lessons were conversational, but she loves to draw so I asked her if she wanted to draw her own map of her own city.  She started with the road around her city, and included a fire station and fire engine, hospital and ambulance, a building for the electric company (and all the electric poles that provide power lines to the different buildings), and a pet store/vet's office, parking lots, as well as a central place for alligators and crocodiles, and a park!  She named it Star City.

Star City, in progress

She wanted to do more, so that's when we we talked about street signs.  We cut out a stop sign from a pamphlet and she colored it (even though she knows the letters are white), then drew her own on a dry erase board, before drawing a great big storm!


I'm guessing this was supposed to be related to the snow storm . . .



Monday was up to around 50 degrees, but I remained hopeful she would get some snow.


Day 2 - Geography; Language Arts; Art
Meet the Character-Katy, Personification
Art: Detailed Personality 
We had some snow flurries and a light cover and moved into a wind advisory, but no big snow.  I normally do the Story Disk on the first day (so we have all week to review) but we didn't do it Monday, so I got out our world scrunch map and we talked about Geopolis again, and she picked USA to place it.  Then I gave her a blank one to color and put in her FIAR notebook.



For Language Arts and Art we talked about Katy, then I introduced Personification and we looked ate the illustrations as discussed in the manual.  She had asked me the day before how Katy could think, then on this day she'd joked about Katy being able to talk, so it was a good day to introduce it, and the conversational art lesson tied in so naturally. After we talked about it, I asked her if she wanted to draw something that was personified.  She picked a Mermaid, because she said it's a fish with a human body that can talk.




She got a birthday card in the mail later that day, and showed me the smiling flower - I could see the surprise and recognition in her eyes!  She couldn't remember the word at first, but she was thinking of personification!




Day 3 - Science and Music
Weather, Water, Snow, Snowflakes 
We got a light covering of snow in the wee hours of the morning, but with the whole polar vortex, negative windchill weather, we did not go play in the snow.  I'm more of a "Sun Day" mom.  However, we did fill a 2-cup measuring cup full of snow, and watched it quickly melt down to less than 1/3 of a cup.

{Messy Morning Hair Don't Care}

Instead of reading the book today, I let her listen to Suite No. 3 Katy and the Big Snow.  She enjoyed the variety of it!

We read a simple reader call Water by Emily Neye.  It was very basic, so Emory (9) was not impressed and insisted on giving her more details about the water cycle and clouds afterwards!


At one point, she wanted to do something in her notebook, so she drew a snowflake, and we talked about how all snowflakes are unique.  She also made a variety of snowflakes with pattern blocks.  {Pattern blocks are great for patterns, geometry, spacial reasoning and so much more - from Preschool and up, we have used these for years!}




Day 4 - Mathematics & Drawing
Grouping and Counting by Fives
I introduced the concept, but she wasn't especially interested.

Measuring Snowfall
So I did something similar to what I did when I rowed this book with the boys, and we got out a tape measure, and measured up the wall the snowfall in inches and feet and compared our height to the snowfall!

My wild girls!  {Yes, they dressed themselves!}

As I said, she loves to draw, and was eager to put something else in her notebook, so I grabbed a Draw Write Now book.  This tractor was from the "farm" section, but she didn't care!  I have the whole set, so I think I'll align a drawing with a book whenever possible.







When she realized there were more books to row (from her story disks) she was so excited to choose the next book!  She loves cats and saw the cat story disk, so she chose Papa Piccolo!  I never rowed this one with the boys, but I was excited for her enthusiasm!











You can also check out my first row of Katy and the Big Snow with the boys.



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Friday, December 21, 2018

NASA - Air and Space Museum

We had the opportunity to visit the Virginia Air and Space Center when we traveled to Virginia a couple of months ago, but I'm just now getting around to sharing it.  We used reciprocal membership through our local science museum for admission, so it didn't cost us anything extra.

This museum is the NASA Langley Visitor Center.  If you've read Hidden Figures, you'll recognize that the Langley Research Center was the primary setting.  The book has a lot of science talk in it, so I wouldn't recommend it for my kids' age range, but maybe high school and beyond.

I've never been to one of these museums, so I wasn't sure what all we'd be getting into or what the kids would end up enjoying.

Here are a few snapshots of their favorites . . . though the images aren't the best quality.



They loved looking at artifacts and learning their place in space history.





The kids could be an astronaut with their own team in these "capsules" that played like video games.



Katherine Johnson was one of the women featured in Hidden Figures, is from West Virginia, and had an exciting career at Langley.



For the kid who loves airplanes and flight, there was a lot going on for them too with airplanes and parts of airplanes everywhere we turned.


There were a lot of hands-on activities throughout the museum, which helped engage the kids more.















The kids have never flown before, but they liked walking onto the airplane and seeing what it will be like when they do fly.



She buckled up and didn't want to leave!


They loved taking turns "flying" the airplane and just seeing what everything looks like.


Overall, it was a nice place.  There was so much more to see and do than I could possibly capture.  It's hard to read all the placards and really experience everything when you have a 3 year old that likes to go-go-go, but there was a lot of interactive and hands-on stuff to keep the kids interested.  You could make your own paper airplanes to fly through a "wind tunnel" (if I recall correctly), learn how luggage is transported when checked, and walk through an entire exhibit dedicated to Mars, the Moon and beyond.

If your kids are into airplanes or space, this is a fantastic field trip!  I imagine other NASA centers would be equally impressive.





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