Three Names {FIAR}

Social Studies:
"When my great-grandfather was
young - a hundred years ago, he likes to
say, but that's not true - he went to
school on prairie roads in a wagon pulled
by horses."

We located Canadian prairie land (because we live in Canada).


We learned a little about Buffalo {bison} with coloring pages.

We read A Prairie Boy's Summer .

We learned about horses with a nice little book, Handsome Horses (Perfect Pets) and a little about veterinarians with Pets at the Vet.

For a special surprise, I bought a 1.2.3. Pony Wagon.  It was a huge hit!


We focused on Ordinal numbers, in addition to our math workbook.


Language Arts:

One of the best tools for advancement in Connor's reading has actually been an ipad app that we had for ourselves (the adults).  Scribblenauts Remix.  He found it one day and began spelling, or trying to spell, all kinds of things.  He has made vast improvements, very quickly, just playing this game daily.  He loves it.

But, for things related to our row, Three Names, we did:

Simile Rainbow
Simile printouts

We use Hooked on Phonics First Grade (and have used Hooked on Phonics for 3 years now).  It's come a long way since we first had it.  I love it so much this year.  You go online to the HOP website and register your product and you can print out worksheets to match were you are at on your journey through the book.  There's "real life" reading in the book, like simple recipes the kids read and do.  So love the changes they have made!

The printable this week was a "how to draw a frog" to match the story he read.

He did the drawing, happily, then wanted to cut them out to play with them.

Emma (preschool) is learning sight words using Raising Rockstars Preschool,  and sight word color by number.


"There were spring storms, and sometimes tornadoes with thin dark clouds tunneling down from the sky."
We had some hands on fun with a Tornado in a jar and read Wind as well as Tornadoes!

It's super hard to get a photo of, but it shows well enough.  We don't drink pop here, so this was a nice alternative to the pop bottle tornado.

In Bible study we were learning about the days of creation.  Day 4 God made the sun, so we studied the sun in Connor's science book, Evan Moor Literacy Science Grade 1.  These are really quick, simple lessons so we did them in addition to studying tornadoes, because he loves science so much.


"Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach."
Proverbs 22:17
We focused this wee on Creation Days 4-7

Day 4 of creation we read from our Read and Share Bible Storybook and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me .

For Day 5 creation we read from our Read and Share Bible Storybook and then we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, plus Emma (3) did printables from 1+1+1=1.


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Madeline continued {FIAR}

We are continuing this week with Madeline, doing more talks about healthy foods and healthy bodies.

"In two straight lines they broke their bread and brushed their teeth and went to bed."

The kids are loving learning about teeth.  They seem fascinated with looking at the pictures of tooth decay in the like named book, Tooth Decay (How's Your Health?) .  They both come down first thing in the morning and open it right up, asking all kinds of questions.  It's great!

It's spurred talks of ways to keep our teeth (and bodies) healthy. There's nice print outs from KidzClub on the food pyramid we used to go along with some books on health.  One nice one the kids are loving is:  Healthy Eating: The Best Start in Science

We also loved the book Eat Healthy, Feel Great by Dr. Sears.  Even Emma {3} sat and listened through the whole book.  Later on we'll play a green light/red light game using printouts of food.

I recently purchased the ebook form of Literacy Science, and we've done the "Food for Energy" unit.

I love that the kids are so into these healthy lessons!

Madeline {FIAR}

For our very first "row" of the year we chose Madeline .
Social Studies:

"In an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines"

We located Paris, France on the map.

Also, we looked at pictures of Paris.  (Connor wants to go to the hotel de Invalides)
{keep in mind that Connor has a passion for science, so we do bits of it daily}

"In the middle of the night
Miss Clavel turned on her light
and said, 'Something is not right!'"

Connor sorted ailments to their pictures with "What's the Matter?" from KidzClub

"In two straight lines they broke their bread
and brushed their teeth"
Focusing on the toothache, we then read ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth from A to Z and Tooth Decay (How's Your Health?).  Connor really was interested in this so we talked at length and he learned a great deal!

We discussed ways to have healthy teeth (eating healthy and brushing).

Did an experiment, "floss is boss" with almond butter to show importance of flossing.
Did the "Good for Teeth" printout from KidzClub.

At bedtime one night we ate some "bon bons" (French for candy) and watched as the Wintergreens lit up our mouths.  This was so fun, lots of laughs!

"Nurse," he said, "it's an appendix!"

We traced bodies onto paper and located appendix and teeth.  At the end of the week I came across a book in a store, My Body (Science Books), and we will be using this to do further additions to our body tracings.  Connor is really wanting to learn about eyes.  (not pictured, but we added big smiles)

We read Healthy Eating: The Best Start in Science and looked at/sorted and did a food pyramid from KidzClub.
Language Arts:

Emma reviewed letters and made matches.

We learned some French words with the help of:  My First Bilingual Book - Counting from 1 to 10 and My First Bilingual Book - Zoo Animals .  I found these great books at a dollar store.  They happen to be Emma's most favorite books ever.  The only downfall is I have no clue how to pronounce the French correctly.  Good thing we also have a book with CD! {My First French Book}

We also read, Everybody Bonjours!  A super cute and simple book.

We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and had a snack.


"In two straight lines"

I haven't decided if I'm going to buy a curriculum, or not, for Math.  For now we are using a workbook from Target and "living math" books.  I found two awesome books at a yard sale last summer.  For this "row" I read one of those awesome finds, If You Were an Even Number.

At the back of the book are several activities that we did, with pennies.  However, we quickly found that baby brother was much too eager to get his little paws on a penny so we put it back away.

Another day we did as the manual suggests and made groups of 12.

Also, I printed off a worksheet for writing practice as well as additional skip counting practice.

We worked on symmetrical things with the print outs that FIAR provides when you sign up for their newsletter.

"tiptoeing with solemn face,
with some flowers and a vase,"


"But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way."
1 Corinthians 14:40
read from:
Who Made God?
Read and Share Bible: Volume 1 , Day 1-3
Clouds (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
Jillian Jiggs
Mr. Messy
(I actually got Connor to happily clean up with me by role playing Mr. Neat and Mr. Tidy)


We did a science experiment on trapping air, with a jar and paper towel under water
We also labeled days of creation.  (Connor copied our focus verse onto paper instead)
We ate Oreos (day/night)


We Read:
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
Katie and the Mona Lisa
Paris in the Spring with Picasso

Watched Madeline on Netflix.  Many times I might add.
Played: Leapster Sugar Bugs game - dental hygiene game

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