We "rowed" Lentil, by Robert McCloskey. Can I possibly be more enthusiastic about this week in our homeschool?! No, it's not possible. I have been 110% more excited than the kids to try out this new style of learning, and even they are pretty excited. :)
So, first we ate lentil soup for dinner. Why wouldn't we?? I wasn't sure about how this meal would go over with the junior members of the family, so I added sausage to the recipe to entice. It worked- everyone at least had some, which I consider to be a victory, and if nothing else, they now have an appreciation for what a "lentil" actually is. (If you use this recipe, I would use a lot more spinach- my kids love it and the 1/2 cup in the recipe wasn't nearly enough for this veggie-conscious mom.)
|Lentil soup with a side of spinach salad for our first day of "rowing" Lentil!|
The maps I used are here: World map, United States map, Maine map.
Wednesday brought Art day, which was a blast! It just so happened that I had a meeting in Portland that morning, so we used the chance to go to a local artist supply store to purchase real charcoal pencils and a real sketchbook. What wonderful additions to our supplies at home! One suggested lesson for the day was to look carefully at the type of illustration in the book and to simulate shading independently. This was much harder than it looked, even for the adults (ahem!), and we wound up just having more of a giggle about our own efforts than anything else. Still, lesson target achieved: understanding the complexity of book illustrations.
On Thursday we did our math lesson. Initially I was unsure about presenting my five year old with a lesson on fractions, as described through the concept of musical notes, but I decided to give it a try nevertheless. It was a suprising success! We began by clapping out how many beats each type of note demanded (I made the below chart beforehand to give us a template to follow). Then, I used our felt board (made from covering a very old corkboard with black felt) to illustrate the concept of "whole" notes vs. "half" notes vs. "quarter" notes. I was suprised to find that my oldest student followed right along! See below how I made the props to support this lesson idea.
|First, I traced a large circle onto the felt.|
|Then, for the half notes, I cut that circle into halves. I cut them again for quarters, always floding to be sure each section was equal to it's other parts. (I left a pink one whole to demonstrate what the whole would look like.)|
Five in a Row cookbook on Amazon for $19, and I highly recommend it as it gave us a bunch of fun lemon-related recipes (which tie into the book) to try this week while we read.
|First we squeezed the lemons...|
|...removed the seeds and poured the juice into a large measuring cup...|
|...we added sugar...|
|...and drank! Ava's expression is one of concern for her brother, given that we had just tasted the sour lemons on their own, and she wasn't yet convinced that the sugar was going to sweeten the deal!|
I should note that I do other math and reading/writing related things with the kids throughout the week, but I will post more about that later. For now, LOVING this new approach to school!