Before Five in a Row: I Am an Artist

We made it!  This was our last official week of school!  To cap off a great year we read I Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins. It was the perfect book to get outside and explore beauty in nature while relishing in the sunshine.

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We did many activities from our Ivy Kids box which included Don Freeman’s A Rainbow of my Own.  They worked beautifully together and made for a delightful week!

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We can be artists when we imagined to hear ocean in seashells and examined various shades within each shell.

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We identified the shells using our Nature Anatomy  book by Julia Rothman.

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We can be artists when we created our own lovely beach sunset with watercolors.

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We can be artists when we observed the light dance around our dining table…

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And sparkle in the window.

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We can be artists when we created wind with a straw to magically grow fingers in our painting.

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We can be artists when we watched our world in burst in to rainbow colors with our diffraction glasses— this was truly magical!

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We can be artists when we studied  little water droplets sprinkling down from the air.

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We can be artists when we gazed upon graceful clouds floating through the sky — finding chimneys and candles along the way.

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We can be artists when we marveled at the mysterious chemical reaction of adding dye to a cup of water.

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We can be artists when we experimented with mixing rainbow colors…

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To discover it became a dark gray/brow.

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We can be artists when we witnessed capillary action at work.  We started with three empty cups and only primary colors…

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Watched the water climb…

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And finished off with a perfectly beautiful rainbow!

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We can be artists during teatime while we designed our own rainbow cookies.

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Yum… looks so appetizing!

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Also this week we finally finish our Bible!  It has taken us the entire year and they were so exited to finish.  This is has been the number one book this year that leaves them begging for “just one more”!

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Before Five in a Row: The Big Green Pocket Book

This week we combined The Big Green Pocketbook, our Five in a Row selection, with When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins from an Ivy Kids box.  They went well together since there were many shapes to find in both stories.   

The Big Green Pocketbook  is about a little girl who spends the morning running errands with her mother while collecting special items for her pocketbook along the way. In the end, the girls loses her pocketbook and someone kindly returns it to her.

Throughout the story, there are many acts of kindness.  We read about kindness and manners and searched the pages for examples.  We also recalled a time when we have lost something and how we felt.  Benjamin remembered losing a sticker at the grocery store and Clara remembered losing ponies (don’t tell… but I’m pretty sure I lost them for her).

We studied shades of green and tried our hand at mixing our own colors.  I put out  every shade of blue and yellow I could find and let them mix away.

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We also colored coffee filters with yellow and blue, misted them with water, and examined the blending magic!

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We created animals with our tangram puzzles.

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We used clay and toothpicks to make shapes and structures.

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They pyramid was a little frustrating
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Benny made a house

We ate strawberries and whipped cream for teatime.  The kids weren’t too thrilled with  fruit for a treat, but I topped it with a few chocolate chips and that did the trick!

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We finished off the week by running our own errands.  Clara brought her pocketbook and I gave them each two lollipops… one for now, and one for later. Just like the story.

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Before Five in a Row: Katy No-Pocket

This week we rowed Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne. Illustrated by H. A. Rey,  the kids immediately recognized the illustrations and thought it was Curious George.  We talked about the difference between authors and illustrators and compared our Curious George illustrations to this one.

 

images-7This is a story about a kangaroo without a pouch looking for a solution so she could carry her joey.  She finds a kind, generous man in the city wearing an apron full of pockets.  He kindly remedied her problem by cheerfully giving his apron to her.

We discussed Deuteronomy 15:8 and Timothy 6:18 and learned what it means to be generous.  I didn’t think they were listening at all, but a few days later we were in the car and Benjamin announced that he had helped Clara get what she needed (he was referring to a balloon she had been looking for).


Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.

Deuteronomy 15:8

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

Timothy 6:18


 

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We combined this story with Over in Australia from an Ivy Kids box.  It worked out perfectly since our library didn’t have much on Australia or its wildlife.

Katy No-Pocket features many animals throughout. We matched, sorted, and tallied up what we found.

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Benjamin’s kangaroo is running.

We read about boomerangs and had fun throwing them. Boomerangs are an old hunting tool and are designed to return to you when thrown correctly. Benjamin got his to curve back (ever so slightly) once!

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We created our own Aboriginal art.  This kept them busy for quite a while.

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I had given them this kangaroo print out, but after viewing some samples of real Aboriginal art online, Benjamin immediately wanted to start fresh with his own design.

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We designed our own pouch — just like Katy!

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They had a great time playing with these!  I caught them at almost 9:00 one night playing with these.

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We talked about different animals in the story and how zoos give us chance to see unique animals from all over the world.  We don’t have access to a zoo around here, so we created our own.

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Benjamin worked so hard on this swing!

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We read that kangaroos can jump 25 – 30 feet.  We measured what that looks like.  We were finally able to get outside.  It’s been terribly foggy and rainy for the past week.

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We compared our own jumps to the length of the kangaroo.

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I was really pathetic!

We counted how many steps, jumps, and one-legged hops it took us to get 25 feet.

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Benjamin got the table ready for teatime.  He decorated with his coins!

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Shel Silverstein continues to be the favorite

We sampled Fairy Bread – supposedly an Australian treat enjoyed at birthday parties and holidays.  It is nothing more than amply buttered white bread with sprinkles and was strangely delicious.  They both loved it and licked every sprinkle off of every plate.

Some other things we did this week: 

Benjamin was introduced to place value.

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I let him choose a number to make.  He just had to pick “a 9 and a 7”!  It took a while but he did it! And then of course I showed him what happens when we add 3 more.

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Clara worked on counting as well.

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The kids randomly disappeared upstairs and built the town of Pordenone.

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This hasn’t been my favorite story.  I don’t know if it was because our library had zero books on Australia or kangaroos… or if it was raining and we were a bit cooped up inside the house.  The kids enjoyed it nonetheless and we read it many times throughout the week.

The Arctic and The Three Snow Bears

This week we learned about the Arctic and read The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett.  This story came from an Ivy Kids box and was perfect with our Arctic theme.  The story is a variation on Goldiocks and the Three Bears.  Both of the kids loved this story and we read it many times during the week.

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We read many books about polar bears and were supposed to make bears out of clay, but  they were more interested in making and drilling teeth with Clara’s dentist play-doh toy.

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We made cozy dens for our bears.

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We  did an experiment with Crisco to see how blubber keeps animals warm.  We dipped our hands in ice water and then wrapped our hands in Crisco.  It really worked!

When we were getting ready to leave the house a few days later, Clara says to me: “I have lot of blubber, so I don’t need a coat”.  Nice try!

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We did a paining of the “northern lights” with ice.

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We read Over and Under – a fun way to learn about what is happening under the snow during the winter.  We learned about animals that hibernate and animals that must continue foraging for food in the winter.

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I made them forage for their own lunch that day.  They loved this and begged me to keep hiding their lunch.

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We made igloos.

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Clara got so sad when she realized she didn’t have enough pieces for a roof.  She was fine until she saw how her brothers had turned out.  Benjamin was so sweet afterwards and gave his to her and said to her “I made this for you”.

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Look at that sad face! 

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Then they ran off to build an Eskimo village.

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We enjoyed playing in the Arctic ocean.  Wished we would have had more icebergs, but freezer space is a major issue right now.

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We did retellings of the story with character cards.  I was amazed at how many details Benjamin included in his retelling!

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We finished off the week by making bear dens with graham crackers.  They turned out cute!

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We also met the homeschool group at the gym for fun and games!

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I guess we had a couple of pajama days this week.  I wasn’t feeling great and had some bad nights so I’m amazed we accomplished as much as we did.

Chicka Chicka 123 and Apple Week

We took a break from Five in a Row this week to do some activities with apples, Johnny Appleseed, and work on our Ivy Kids box which featured Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin.  Each month the box includes activities and all materials needed to complete a short unit study on a picture book.  We’ve been getting subscription boxes from Ivy Kids for about six month and I’ve really liked them.   It’s so nice to have everything planned and prepared when you’re in a pinch.

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We played an apple picking game where I threw pompom apples all over the floor and they raced to pick them up with tweezers and counted what we picked by 1’s and 5’s.

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We studied the life cycle of an apple tree, read a lot about Johnny Appleseed, and examined the parts of an apple

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We had a tasting party.  The BX doesn’t offer too many choices, but we sampled what we could.  Benny’s favorite was the Granny Smith – Clara’s the red delicious.  20170926-DSC0183020170926-DSC0183220170926-DSC01831

After tasting different varieties, we used the apple chunks to build structures.

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Benny made a digger truck

We made a Chicka Chicka apple tree.  I loved how Benjamin thought to put 100 at the top of his tree – just like in the story.

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We painted apples.  Benjamin is starting to be a little more careful with his designs.  Clara is still loves using all colors at once! Ben loved to try his hand at color mixing when his apple was finished.

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We tried matching and filling in missing letters with stickers.

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In our nature study we observed how the force of wind is able to move things.  We created our own wind with the fan and blowdryer.  Who knew this could be so amusing?  We predicted which objects could and could not be moved by the wind.

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I made a pendulum and the kids built towers to knock down with a  wrecking ball.

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This was Benjamin’s creation with his Keva blocks.  He was so proud of it and spent hours working on it.  He said the tunnel was the Autostrada.

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We also joined the base homeschool group for a field trip on base.  They visited the base weather tower. They explained some of the tools they use to predict the weather and let them go up the lookout tower.  Much of it was a bit too advanced for them, but the loved the tower and looking at the computer monitors.

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