Monday, March 25, 2019

Angus Lost (and some Henry the Castaway)

After rowing a book about cats, Eleanor wanted to row one with dogs.  Since I doubt we'll ever row all the books in FIAR, I've decided to do some combo-rows for the girls' Kindergarten and Preschool.

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Eloise always wants to be part of what Eleanor is doing, so this time I decided to do a pseudo-row with Angus Lost, and throw in a little Henry the Castaway too.  There is a lot of overlap with the books and lessons, as they both include dogs, exploration, adventure and the opportunity to talk about safety and getting lost.

I didn't get a ton of pictures of activities in action, but here is a glimpse at their week . . .

Eleanor colored Luna who is apparently a "friend" to Angus.

Social Studies & Science
Exploring, Curiosity, Safety Survival Skills 

Not all of this was separated into different, distinct lessons.  It just kind of flowed from conversations and play, and I think that is the perfect way to reinforce topics.

We talked about explorers and about the excitement of exploring new places, but also about being safe.  For the safety part, we made sure to review what to do if they were separated from me or daddy (or the adult they are supposed to be with at the time) and how to handle themselves in an emergency.

One day they made their own cave, because Angus hid in a cave.

Dogs-Dog Breeds; Dog Safety, Caring for Dogs as Pets
We are dog owners, so we are definitely familiar with the idea of "breeds" but they weren't extremely familiar with the Scottish Terrier until now.  We read some of Seymour Simon's Dogs, and discussed some safety rules concerning dogs, particularly when they're eating/sleeping and how to approach dogs that aren't ours.

Language Arts
These books presented the opportunity to discuss some popular sayings:
"Curiosity Killed the Cat"
"Home Sweet Home"
"There's No Place Like Home"

But mostly, I just gave Eleanor some little worksheets and pages for her to do when she wanted more "school" than I had planned.  It's quick and easy to google/print.

Eleanor did these; Eloise did a "D is for..." (duck, dog, door, etc.) and some tracing pages.

After reading a related title, Henry Explore the Jungle, Eleanor drew Henry and Laird Angus McAngus exploring the forest!

More Fun 
The girls wore cute #puglove shirts one day; Eloise wore her outfit with a Scottish Terrier another.  They also did a few other activities throughout the week . . .

Draw Write Now Book 1 - Eleanor drew the dog
Angus Lost and Angus and the Ducks on Amazon Prime
Shelby Board Game - We played a few rounds of this game, which is great for a puppy theme!  It's a pretty basic counting game, but the "lose a turn" and "steal a bone" options make it more engaging for older Preschool/Kindergarten.

You can do lots of snack ideas with these books, such as making healthy trail mix or granola bars for your adventures!  However, I went easy and unhealthy . . . Shortbread Chocolate Scottie Dogs!

Final Thoughts
Since the girls are Preschool and Kindergarten, I focused more on the "fun" than the academic in Henry, but there are a lot more topics (geography, rivers, etc.) that could be explored.  There are more  topics in Angus as well, but I wanted to focus primarily on what overlapped and would be new and/or of interest to my girls.  You can see how I rowed Henry the Castaway with the boys a few years ago, who were older (2nd/4th grade) at the time, as part of an American History explorers unit.

Scottish Terrier Coloring Page
D is for Dog
D is for . . . coloring page
Angus Lost Printables from Homeschool Creations
Animal CVC Word Game

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