All Those Secrets of the World {FIAR}

via Five in a Row {FIAR}

"When four-year-old Janie's father goes off to war, the rest of the family moves to the grandparents' on the Chesapeake Bay, where Janie learns a secret of the world which helps her understand her father's long absence."

Bible/Character Trait:

Janie and her cousin, Michael, play in the bay when they were told not to, because "wading isn't swimming."

We used that to talk about discernment - knowing right from wrong.  We used the discerning Character Tune at Hubbard's Cupboard and Righteousness at Kids of Integrity, along with the memory verse "Even a child is known by his good deeds", using Raising Rockstars printouts from
her letter E unit.

We talked about how even the young know right from wrong, and can make a judgment accordingly.

We listened to 1 Timothy 4:12, by Seeds of Courage, on youTube (we own the CD as well, but my kids are very visual learners).  ("Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young")

We discussed the bible characters David vs Goliath.  (David was young)

We watched VeggieTales: Rack, Shack and Benny.

We made the "kick-off craft" from Kid's of Integrity, making a night scene with an ocean under it.  We used tissue paper and then fishy stickers.  Throughout the week when anyone was caught doing any good deeds, they'd get a shining star (foil star sticker) to put up in the night sky. It could have been a lot more tidy looking, but I'm working on letting them do their thing and of them being satisfied of their work without me being overly critical.

We read Henny Penny , who really lacked in using her discernment.  Afterward we watched Chicken Little -which is based off Henny Penny- but we talked more of the verse "don't let anyone look down on you because you are young," because Chicken Little was doing the right thing, but nobody believed him since he was young.

Social Studies/History/Geography/War:

  • We located the Chesapeake Bay on our wall map, then talked a bit about what a bay is.  I made a beach sensory bin (minus the glitter) and the kids loved it.  It was messy, yes, however it is super easy to clean up.

  • We did this row during the week of Vetran's Day.  I had downloaded some activities from the Veteran's Affair Canada site - "Take Time to Remember".  I printed the "animals in war time" cards front to back, then Connor cut them out before we disused each one.
  • He role played being an army guy, often this week, as well as played with his little green army men.  He likes to create scenes with our chairs and play boxes.  lol.

Language Arts: (in addition to our Hooked on Phonics)

  • Connor likes to talk.  A lot.  So I often encourage him to write some thoughts on paper.
  •  Always keep a look out for things in dollar stores and such.  I found cute heart stampers (pictured above H is for heart) and these cute wooden lacing cards were $1 in the Target $ bin!

  • Emma also did many worksheets with a beach theme, to go along with our row.  (units linked below).  And I do mean many.  She always begs for more.  Our basement wall is covered in her work.


  • We listened to Over There.  Very briefly.  The kids had absolutely no interest at all.  Connor asked what a tuba was and I found a couple videos trying to show him, but he couldn't hold his interest in it .... until ..... I found a guy playing the Mario Bros theme, on a tuba!  That humored him greatly.  (He is in love with all things Mario, currently).

  • We colored poppies for remembrance day.  True to herself, Emma's poppies were very rainbow hued.

  •  we talked about why the children in the book weren't too play in the bay. (because of the dirty oil).  I happened to cook chicken soup from scratch one night and when the oil formed on top I showed Connor how it floats on the surface.  Then we took the straining spoon and rinsed it off - it was still oily.  So then we washed it with soap.  This opened up some light discussion on why it's so harmful to the wildlife when there's an oil spill.
  •  We read Starfish, "Stars of the Sea" by Allan Fowler, What Lives in a Shell? , and Seashells by the Seashore and played with our Florida shells (collected when I was a child!) and played with our beach bin and sea animals.  The "Ocean Pack" from 2 Teaching Mommies had several worksheets appropriate for Connor's age.

Related Links/Resources:

Our post last year with All Those Secrets of the World (also see tags for beach and/or ocean)
Down by the Bay story props by KidzClub
Under the (girly) Sea by 1+1+1=1
Just Color! Beach by 1+1+1=1
Ocean Pack from Itsy Bitsy Learners
Beach Printable Pack by 3Dinosaurs
Cloud Dough Beach Sensory at The Imagination Tree
Ocean Pack from 2 Teaching Mommies
Hope And Glory DVD about WWII

Next up:  A New Coat for Anna


1 comment:

  1. Loving those salt watercolors. May have to do them with all the kids next week.


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