Miss Rumphius {FIAR}

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Extra Reading:
I Have a Garden by Bob Barner ... this was a easy read that Connor (grade 1) had no problem reading out loud to Emma.  So it doubled as a practice for him and a related topic to our FIAR. 
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.  I chose this because Miss Rumphius travels the world.  So we discussed children of the world.  It's a great topic of "we are all the same".
One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley.  I just love this book.  It is beautiful to look at.

Oma's Quilt by Paulette Bourgeois.  I chose this because of our character trait and bible verse of the week.  (respect).  "Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord."  Leviticus 19:32.   It's a nice story of a Grandmother that has to move to a nursing home and how the daughter and granddaughter respect her and help her to feel comfortable in her new place.

Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox.  Again, I chose this because of our topic, respect.  It is perfect for discussion about respect and both kids loved the story.
  (While at the library picking up all those books Connor spied Madeline and was so happy.  We also read Madeline and the Bad Hat while we were there)

Language Arts & Math (AIO):

We focused on Letter Cc is for Caterpillar for preschool with Confessions of a Homeschooler.

We used printables from the garden pack by Homschool Creations; flowers from 2 Teaching Mommies.  I can't remember where we got the flower file folder color match.  (I printed it last year for tot school)

Connor didn't want to do his writing practice until I pulled out this awesome Dino writing book!

We used Everyday Literacy Science, Grade 1, focusing on week 8:  Plants are Food, to go with the theme of plants/flowers in Miss Rumphius. 

With the book My Body I choose to add stomachs this week since we were talking of plant foods.

Very fittingly Connor found a caterpillar in our yard this week.  He declared it his new BFF and carried it everywhere in a little red McDonald's briefcase.  It went everywhere with us.  We were at the park and I decided to spend some time on Google (via iPhone) trying to find out what it was.

The best guess I came up with was Hickory Tussock Moth.  Whereupon I learned that it has like microscopic barbed type hairs that can irritate skin and cause serious damage to eyes if rubbed in.  Who knew.  Now, interestingly enough, Connor has a wicked pink eye goopy mess going on.  So I immediately discussed the possible danger with him and he begrudgingly let his BFF go loose.  Phew.

Both kids loved the printouts for The Very Hungry Caterpillar from This Reading Mama.  (also used her printouts for our math, with the awesome caterpillar pattern)

When you sign up for FIAR email you get links to their nice fold and learns.  Connor enjoyed matching up the seeds to the plant.

“‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.'"  Leviticus 19:32
 We watched these DVD's, shown below, throughout the week.  Lollybird, because we are to be respectful to all, even those that are "different".  And Veggie Tales because that was the bible story focus.  Abraham was respectful and was greatly rewarded.  And Horton.  There's just a whole lotta trait talk to be had in that movie.
 Emma (preschool) did a booklet from Hubbard's Cupboard (week 5), Count the Stars.  We used those foil star stickers found in the office sections of stores.
Linking up at:
Delightful Learning 
Next up:  A Pair of Red Clogs


  1. Looks like a fun week! I have never heard of the movie Lollybirds. Hmm. I may have to see what that's about! Maybe our library has it;)

  2. It looks like a fun week. My son is totally enjoying the Hobbit Quote copybook that I found for him. It is a plus when you find copy work that interests them.


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